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Mr. John Freeman Stinson, 78

Mr. John Freeman Stinson Sr., 78, passed away Dec. 16 at his home in Lumber City.
He was the son of William Coney and Olivia Wyatt Stinson, born Oct. 20, 1945, in Laurens County. He became a resident of Shiloh Community, Wheeler County, in 1957. Mr. Johnny and his wife of 56 years, Sherry, made their home, raised their sons, and became a special part of this loving community. He was a longtime member of Sardis Baptist Church. In 1981, the couple opened Stinson’s Barbecue in Lumber City and dedicated themselves to serving and providing for countless people. Since then, their slogan, “Love At First Bite,” has proven true for the surrounding area and many traveling through Telfair County on Highway 341. Mr. Johnny loved cooking, fishing, farming, visiting his family and friends, working, teaching his sons to work, and especially serving and feeding others. His dedication and commitment to everyone he knew and loved will be remembered by all.
He is survived by his wife Sherry Ann McCullars Stinson; sons Joseph Lynn (Kim) of McRae, William Glynn (Crystal) of Lumber City, Johnathan Craig (Patricia) of Glenwood, John Freeman Jr. (Michelle) of Springhill, and Eldridge Lance (Jerreese) of Richmond Hill; grandchildren Kade, Kimberlyn, Kyler, Anna, Maddie, William, Leslie, Josh, John III “Trey,” Claire, Collin, and Kendrick; great-grandchildren Kambry, Kelsie, Layne, Kiley, Brody, Kole, and Brayden; sisters Agnes Rolland of Hazlehurst and Louise Corley of Uvalda; and longtime employee Rose Lanier of Hazlehurst.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Pete Stinson, Wilhelmina Harden, Elizabeth DeSmith, Ruth Jacobson, Jean Collins, and Earl Stinson.
Services were held Dec. 19, at Sardis Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Donations can be made to Sardis Baptist Church, 128 Free Run Rd., Glenwood, GA 30428, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Learning Center, 11 Arthur McNeal Rd, Hazlehurst, GA 31539, or The Gideons International in lieu of flowers.
Towns Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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