From High School
At 30th Reunion
Kinchen W. Exum Jr.
Below is an updated Obituary published in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press on May 25, 2004.
Kinchen W. Exum Jr. died Friday,
May 21, 2004, in a hospital in Panama City, Fla. Kinch, as he was called, was 56 and died after a brief struggle with cancer.
His love for his country spread from the battlefields of Vietnam to the fertile hunting and fishing plains of northern Florida.
He was raised on Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and as a child spent many happy days on his family�s farm in Sale Creek.
After graduating from Chattanooga High School in 1966, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and completed two tours in Vietnam, where he was a lance corporal and decorated for valor. His unit experienced heavy combat on numerous occasions and was awarded two presidential citations.
He returned to Chattanooga following active duty and was employed in the circulation department of the Chattanooga News-Free Press until he retired in 1992.
He then moved to Hosford, Fla., where he was a colorful character, full of fun and well known, and enjoyed many friendships. He was an avid outdoorsman and was an auto racing enthusiast. He had a strong belief in Jesus Christ and deep feelings for his country and its military. He was a member of the Society of the Mayflower Descendents as well as the Order of Cincinnati and the Sons of the American Revolution.
He had been a communicant of St. Paul�s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, where he served as a lay reader.
He was the grandson of the late Elizabeth and Roy McDonald of Sale Creek and Francis and Kinchen Exum of Vaughn, Miss.
He also was preceded in death by his father, Kinchen W. Exum; and a brother, Franklin Exum.
He is survived by his mother, Helen McDonald Exum of Lookout Mountain; his brothers, Roy Exum of Lookout Mountain and Jonathan Exum of Rising Fawn, Ga.; and his sisters, Susan Exum of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ellen Raoul of Lookout Mountain.
His nephews are Jonathan Exum of Chattanooga, Capt. Andrew Exum of Savannah, Ga., and William Raoul of Lookout Mountain. His nieces are Mary Cady Ford of Nashville and Lauren Eslinger of Chattanooga. He also had a grandnephew, Rylan Eslinger of Chattanooga.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, with visitation one hour preceding the service.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Hosford with visitation one hour preceding the service. Burial will be private.
We have found out more info the phone # for the Independent Funeral Home in Quincy, FL is:
E Jefferson St, Quincy, GL 32351
Phone (850) 875-1529
info on Kinch's services:
Judy Shipley called and told me that she called Saint Paul's Episcopal Church to verify the time of Kinch's memorial service that I was given by the Independent Funeral Home in Florida.
The information I was given and sent out was incorrect.
The correct times are listed below.
There will be a visitation at 10AM and the memorial service will start at 11AM.
It will be at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
305 W 7th Street
sorry for the confusion.
He will also have a memorial service on Friday, May 28, 2004 in Hosford, FL.
service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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James Bankroft Walker:
Hello, Jerry & James.
Thanks for the news of Kinch. Makes me all the more glad I got back even if it was only for a short spell, as I did have a good chat with him. Quite a character! I first met him when he came out for wrestling. He never made the team, but was always full of spirit.
Thanks again for the news which I'm sure we all wish could have been more of the happy sort.
From Gigi Glover:
I couldn't believe the news about Kinch. I didn't know he had cancer, but it sounded like he didn't have it that long. I am so glad we got to see him at the reunion. I guess you just never know what will happen to anybody at any time.
At one of our class picnics that Kinch was at - it was that first picnic on the river - at the end of the picnic people were talking about how much they enjoyed it and Kinch said "Well, I enjoyed the hell out of it!" It was so funny the way he said it and I remember it really cracked David up. Anyway, the other day, I don't know which day it was - that situation popped into my mind for no reason. I could just hear Kinch saying that.
I do plan to go to the memorial service on Wednesday. I appreciate your getting that information out to everybody, and I appreciate James for putting the obituary on the class website. It is so nice of both of you to do so much to keep the class informed, because a lot of people would never know if it weren't for your efforts.
When you e-mailed me recently, I had been thinking about you so much that day. I think about you a lot anyway but that day, you were especially strong on my mind. This past week and a half I have been absolutely snowed under with some work I had to do and haven't had time to think. I got past that project and now I'm having car problems! We had planned to go out of town but fortunately didn't even have time to get ready for our trip. Thank goodness it worked out that way, or we would have broken down on the highway. Anyway, I would love to go to the Orange Hut soon. Let me know when it would work for you.