James “Bill” Stinson
Stinson Carpets Inc.
James “Bill” Stinson passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021. He was born November 10, 1929 in Lakeland, FL. He attended John Cox Elementary School and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1948. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, after his service he began a career with Keller Building Products and Kinco Windows which lasted 37 years. In 1981 he and his wife started Stinson Carpets.
Bill enjoyed sports of all kinds. He influenced the lives of many youths- he coached Little Lads Basketball and Little League Baseball. He was honored to have a field named for him at Peterson Park.
He was loyal fan of the Lakeland Dreadnaughts for decades and was a past president of the booster club.
He loved the Florida Gators having season tickets for over 50 years. Seldom did you see him without his Orange and Blue colors. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed his days at Cleveland Heights Golf course where he served as President. Bill was also a charter member of Grassland Golf & Country Club where he won the Senior Championship twice and the Super Seniors once.
He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church for 52 years. He taught Sunday School and was an Usher and a Greeter. When Lakeside closed, he joined the Rock Community Church.
Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Hamby Stinson,; sons Ron, Rick (Penni), Randy (Karrie); grandchildren Alison Wolfe (Josiah), Stephen Stinson (Kayla), Shane Stinson (Ashleigh) and Summer Smith (Andrew); great-grandchildren Caden Copeland, Colson Wolfe and Carter Stinson; sister Lavinia Wilson and niece Dianne Bishop.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Barney & Melba Stinson; sister Mavis Miller and grandson Scott Stinson.
There will be a visitation November 23, 2021 at 2PM at The Rock Community Church followed by a Celebration of his life at 3PM. In honor of Bill feel free to wear your orange and blue.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rock Community Church, 270 East Highland Dr. Lakeland, FL 33813.
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