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James Stinnett


James Stinnett

March 25, 2015 was a very hard day for our family.

Our father, James William Pearl Stinnett passed away at 5:21 p.m. (on his brother Jo's birthday).

He was born April 6, 1941 in Bonne Terre, MO, the oldest of 13 children, to Rennie (Hendricks) and Pearl Stinnett.

Our dad lived a life filled with something new every day. He never knew any stranger; he was friends with everyone. He loved old cars and loved to play his own music. He loved to tell jokes; the funniest thing about that is that he would be so into the joke that he never finished the punch line because he was rolling in laughter. I think that was the best joke ever.

There were many involved with the care of our father; to which we owe our thanks and wish to send our love. To my sister, Li'l G; my little brother Jo, who showed so much compassion that he had the courage to help the coroner move our dad in his last journey to his new resting place. Na, my sister, has been so much help, also Brother Rudy II, Burto and his wife Kala, and cousin Larry. Also thanks to our hospice nurse Artie – we owe her a lot and wish we could repay her in some way. I personally gave him his meds, and everyone tried to do what we could to keep him comfortable. Near the end, we called all of his friends and family so they could talk to him; even though he was not able to talk back, we knew that he heard their voices. My brother Jimmy, who cared for him when he spent time in California, and his wife were on their way here when Dad passed. My mom, Wilma, was here to help her children through the pain of losing Dad.

Rest in peace, daddy. I love you. You're now with all the family and friends who have passed before you. May God and angels be with you now and forever. I wish my son Li'l John (his little cowboy) could know that you're gone.

Survivors include four children, daughter Chris and husband John Stewart; son James E. and Dawn Stinnett; son Joseph Stinnett and Dawnnae White; daughter Gloria and husband Rudy Flock; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

At his request, no service will be held. Private inurnment will be in California.


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