• Date Of Birth: August 19, 1932
  • Date Of Death: August 7, 2021
  • Spouse: Martha McKinnon
  • Siblings: William Andrew (Ginger) McKinnon (brother), Henry Mabbet Mathews (brother), James Wallace (Barbara) Mathews (brother)
  • Children: George Andrew (Amanda) McKinnon, John (Wendy) McKinnon
  • Resting Place: Groover-Ramsey Cemetery
  • City: Buford
  • State: Georgia

James Robert McKinnon, Sr., age 88, of Buford, GA passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Groover and Sara Maude McKinnon; sister, Anne Sonstroem; brother, Phillip McKinnon; and son, James Robert McKinnon, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Martha McKinnon, Buford, GA; sons, George Andrew (Amanda) McKinnon, Buford, GA, John (Wendy) McKinnon, Acworth, GA; brothers, William Andrew (Ginger) McKinnon, McRae, GA, Henry Mabbet Mathews, Atlanta, GA, James Wallace (Barbara) Mathews, Ashburn, VA; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. McKinnon was born August 19, 1932 in Pidcock, GA. He fondly spoke of his life as a little boy in South Georgia, growing up among pecan trees, quail, deer, dove and ducks. Although he moved to the city for a successful, 34-year career with Sears, he never lost his love for the country, especially its gospel music, pecan trees, animals, fish and rivers.

A faithful and joyful Christian, his love of water began with his baptism and followed the water as a veteran of the U.S. Navy, avid angler, recreational boater, and patron of many, many sprinkler systems for his lawn and Azalea garden.

Isaiah 43:2 writes, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Although capable of fire, he usually chose to light up a room with his broad grin, deep and easy laugh, and heart with limitless love for his beloved wife, three boys, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as anyone with whom he crossed paths.