Tom Stinson

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Tom Stinson, 87, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2016 at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. He was born October 18, 1928 in Gadsden, the son of the late Thomas Vernon and Lessie Winkle Stinson. Mr. Stinson graduated from Gadsden High School, attended Jacksonville State University and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and remained in the Army Reserves until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. In 1952, Mr. Stinson began what was eventually a 40 year career in banking and finance. Over the years, he served in numerous positions including CEO, President and Board Chairman of independent, community banks and a bank holding company. In collaboration with community business leaders, he organized and operated three banks over his career: City National Bank of Gadsden and First City National Bank of Oxford, in Alabama, and Florida State Bank in Destin, Florida. After years of operation and rapid growth, these financial institutions were merged with large, publicly traded bank holding companies. Mr. Stinson remained active in bank management and retired from Regions Financial in 1993. Mr. Stinson always found ways to give back to his community and to those in need. He served as the President, Chairman or a Board Member of most every organization he supported, including the Calhoun County Economic Development Board, the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Calhoun County Mental Health Association, the Gadsden Quarterback Club, the Gadsden YMCA, The Donoho School of Anniston, the Oxford Kiwanis, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Alabama Jaycees, the Rotary Club, and Mid South Industries. He was a committed church member serving on the Board of the First United Methodist Church of Anniston and First United Methodist Church of Gadsden. Mr. Stinson was also a 50 year Mason and an Eagle Scout. After retiring from his career in banking, Tom and his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Judy, moved from Alabama to Charlotte in 1998 to focus on being very active grandparents. He and Judy became members of Myers Park United Methodist Church where Tom served as an administrative board member. They were members of The Owenby Sunday School Class, and Tom was a past Chairman of the Charitable Helping Hands Ministry. During their retirement years, Tom and Judy enjoyed time at their mountain retreat in Banner Elk, N.C. and at the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama. He was preceded in his death by his loving wife of 63 years, Julia Brown Stinson, and sisters, Jean S. Sullivan and Elizabeth A. Kleinbub. He is survived by his four children, Thomas Edwin Stinson Jr. and his wife, Diana, Howell Scott Stinson, Robin Stinson Maxwell and her husband, John, and Andrew Brown Stinson and his wife, Kristin. He was affectionately known as "Papa Tom" to thirteen grandchildren, Thomas Edwin Stinson III, Emily Elizabeth Stinson, Major Joshua Scott Stinson and wife, Rachael, Jordan Stinson Roby, Jacob Andrew Stinson, Rebecca Ann Stinson, Rachel Leah Stinson, Israel Thomas Stinson, Sara Ruth Stinson, Franklin Thomas Maxwell, Andrew Ward Maxwell, Hugh Thomas Stinson and Julia Louise Stinson, and four great-grandchildren, David Jacob Stinson, McAyla Rose Stinson, Jackson Daniel Roby and Benjamin Nicholas Stinson. He will forever be remembered by family and friends as the quintessential southern gentleman, who had an entrepreneurial spirit, a kind and giving heart, and was always thoughtful in word and deed. His unqualified dapper wardrobe and vibrant never-ending smile were his trademark that will also linger in our memory. Loyal husband, devoted father and grandfather and friend to many, he will be truly missed. To celebrate a life well lived, a memorial service will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service in Jubilee Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Helping Hands Ministry at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207, Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 or a . Arrangements are in the care of J.B. Tallent Funeral Service. You may share condolences online at
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 8, 2016
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