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James Irvin McKinnon Sr.

Obituary Date: Friday 22nd December 2017

James Irvin McKinnon, Sr., age 69, of Buford, GA passed away Friday, December 22, 2017.

Mr. James Irvin McKinnon, Sr. was born on July 10, 1948 to Willie James McKinnon and Emma Clyde Tentman in Birmingham, Alabama. James attended Dunbar High School where he excelled in his studies. James began work, fulfilling his passion in cooking, and became a great chef at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where he was employed for ten plus years.  James was a very laid back man with a heart of gold. He had love that ran so deep for his grandkids. He lit up when they came around. James McKinnon, Sr. was truly blessed. Sadly, he departed this life on December 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his loving father, Willie McKinnon and his mother, Emma Tentman. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Glenna McKinnon; one son, James McKinnon, Jr, one daughter, Tameka McKinnon; sisters, Aldene Underwood and Ernestine Williams; brothers, Arper McKinnon and Dawayne McKinnon; a total of eight grandkids, James I. McKinnon, III, Derentez McKinnon, Amarion McKinnon, Kavauri McKinnon, Corey Jennings, Carmello McKinnon, Jazari McKinnon, Richard Brown, Jr; and a host of friends, cousins, nephews, and other relatives.  Mr. McKinnon attended ITT Technical Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he was also a Mess Sergeant in the military.

A Celebration of Life service willl be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Betty Sue Earls officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until time for the service.To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at

Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.




Funeral Date
12/30/2017 at 12:30PM
Funeral Home
Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory
4400 S. Lee St, Buford 30518