John Robert Vinson III, 78, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Shady Lawn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cadiz.
Funeral services were held at Goodwin Funeral Home Inc., 138 Main St., in Cadiz, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021, with the Reverends Jamus Redd, Kenny Rogers and Justin Carter officiating. Committal followed in East End Cemetery in Cadiz.
Born April 16, 1942, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he was the only son and oldest child of the late John R. “Jack” Vinson Jr. and Doris Peal Vinson.
He graduated from Trigg County High School in 1960 and attended Bowling Green College of Business for one year. In August 1961 he married Margie Ellen Rogers, and the couple moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where John enrolled at the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. After graduation and the birth of their first child, they returned to Cadiz in September 1962, and John began his career at Goodwin Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
In 1964, John ran a successful campaign and was elected as Trigg County Coroner, taking office in January 1965. He worked simultaneously as both coroner and an employee of the funeral home, as well as serving as a first responder by adapting the funeral home’s hearses to operate as the county’s only ambulance service until January 1979. After working for Goodwin Funeral Home for nearly 30 years, John became sole owner in 1992 and was joined in the daily operations by his son. He retired from the office of Coroner in 2006 as one of Kentucky’s longest serving coroners.
John was a member of Cadiz Masonic Lodge No. 121, a long-time member of Cadiz Baptist Church, and also attended services at Bethel United Methodist Church. He greatly enjoyed tournament bass fishing and looked forward to the times he was able to slip away for a fishing or hunting expedition with good friends. He dearly loved his family, friends, and those who worked closely by his side for so many years, and they loved him. Despite his many accomplishments, John was a humble servant to Trigg County. He loved its residents and the families he served, as he grieved alongside them in their darkest times. He will forever be remembered and missed by those who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Jeff Wamser and Ted Holm.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margie Rogers Vinson of Cadiz; his son, John Mark Vinson of Cadiz; two daughters, Kelli Vinson Spann and her husband, Darren, of Ashland City, Tenn., and Susan Vinson Carter and her husband, Kyle, of Keller, Texas; five grandchildren, Jon Tyler (Charity) Golden, Kyle K. Carter, Jr., Catherine Carter, Jackson Vinson, and Jordan Vinson; three great-grandchildren, Kaylona Ruby Golden, Arya Kay Golden and Caiden Stone Golden; and two sisters, Anne Vinson Wamser of Raleigh, N.C., and Carolyn Vinson Holm of Paducah, Ky.