Dr. Thomas Lynn “Tommy” Vinson, age 64, died Sunday, September 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Granville Wiggins and Rev. Walter Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens of Columbus. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Dr. Vinson was born on Thursday, September 1, 1949, in Oxford, MS to the late James Preston and Gertrude Fooshee Vinson. He was a member of First Baptist Church Columbus. He graduated from Oxford High School in May of 1967, then graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1971 with a degree in Liberal Arts – Pre-Medicine, and in 1975 graduated from the University Medical Center. He then moved to Mobile, AL to complete his residency and internship at Mobile General Hospital, which he completed in 1980. Dr. Vinson was a member of the USAFROTC at University of Mississippi, and upon finishing his medical residency was commissioned to the United States Air Force. He completed four years of military service at Columbus Air Force Base from 1980-1983. During his thirty plus years of medical service, he served at Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi Medical Center, and many other local facilities, while also committing himself to his local practice. Personally, he devoted himself to his wife and family, friends and patients. His fervent passions included owning and showing Tennessee Walking horses and supporting Ole Miss Athletics. He came to know the Lord in 1961 and was baptized at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Lafayette County, MS. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Jean Vinson, Columbus, MS; daughter, Whitney Allen (Jeff), Oxford, MS; sons, Corey Vinson, Oxford, MS, Paul Hawkins (Katelyn), Dallas, TX and Tony Hawkins, Denver, CO; brother, Jimmy Vinson (Diane), Oxford, MS; grandchildren, Hardy Allen, Scout Hawkins, River Hawkins and Ryder Hawkins; and mother-in-law, Ellen Davis, Hamilton, MS. The pallbearers will be Bill Dorrah, Edgar Abernathy, Corey Vinson, David Shepherd, Paul Hawkins and Tony Hawkins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the UAB Neuro-Oncology Program, 510 20th Street South FOT 1020, Birmingham, AL 35294. “A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference.” Gertrude Stein
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on September 30, 2013
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