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James Kinsey

Brother James Arvin Kinsey, 85, of Knoxville and formerly of Union City passed away 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at The Courtyards Senior Living in Oak Ridge.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home. James’ children will officiate. Burial will follow in Rutherford City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Friday and after noon on Saturday.
Pallbearers will be Jackson Merrill, C.A. Merrill, Steven Kinsey, Nicholas Beam, Jeremiah Thompson and Brandon White.
Brother James was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Mason Hall, son of the late Reuben and Mary Edna (McBride) Kinsey. He married Eleanor (Wheeler) Kinsey Nov. 25, 1954. She survives.
He was a 1954 graduate of Mason Hall High School and graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. James was the founding pastor of Sunswept Baptist Church and was a minister for 57 years.
He is also survived by one daughter, Carol Merrill (Christian) of Knoxville; two sons, Mark Kinsey (Cherri) of Zachary, La., and Steve Kinsey of Nebo, N.C.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jerry Kinsey (Shirley) of Mt. Juliet.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Frances Kinsey.
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Published 10.7.21

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