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Age:   35
Hometown: Thomson
Date of Death: 7/24/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade
Unit's Base: Albany, Ga.

Several months before James O. Kinlow went to war, he summoned his wife and two children into a bedroom. "Daddy wants to show y''all something," he said. Ever the practical father, he had written out his own obituary and wanted to talk about final arrangements in case he didn''t come home. "It was almost as if he knew what was going to happen," said his wife, Daphanie. Kinlow, 35, of Thomson, Ga., died July 24 in Baghdad when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He graduated high school in 1988 and was based at Albany. He met his wife in high school _ but it didn''t initially go well. "He was real skinny, and I wasn''t sure I wanted to date someone that scrawny," Daphanie said. But they were soon inseparable. "He was my best friend. He liked to dance and he liked to joke around. We sort of grew up together." They called each other "Bay," short for Baby. He also is survived by his children, 15-year-old Chauncey and 10-year-old Chelsea. According to Kinlow''s wishes, the First Baptist Church, where he was married, was the site for his funeral. Most of the other details were right there in his own handwriting.
Source: Associated Press
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