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Johnnie McKnight Kinzer Jr., 67, of Lynchburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Johnnie was born February 5, 1952 in Lynchburg to the late Johnnie Sr. and Dorothy Kinzer.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by Fred and Margaret Kinzer, Bea and Frances Kinzer and Larry Kinzer,

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandy Wiley Kinzer; his son, Steven Jason Kinzer and his wife, Laura Beth Kinzer; his daughter Kelly Kinzer Lefler and her husband Matthew Stephen Lefler; grandchildren, MaKayla, Katelyn, Madelyn, Collin, Hailey, Anna and Thomas. He is also survived by his cousins Willy and Blair Kinzer. His brother and sister in law, Pat and Jan Wiley and a host of extended family.

Johnnie grew up in Lynch Station, VA and graduated from Altavista High School (Class of 1970). He kept in touch with countless friends from school and valued these friendships immensely. Johnnie was an avid Nascar fan and steam locomotive enthusiast. He loved to travel and just see where a road would take him. He was a friend to everyone he met and had a laugh that would fill any room. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He worked for Fisher Auto Parts for 30+ years and had worked for Sonny Merryman prior to falling ill.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to a charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A funeral service will be held Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral home. Burial will follow at Fort Hill Cemetery.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory of Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Jim Peters

Posted on:
October 7, 2019

I was saddened to learn of Johnnie's passing. I started Fisher with him at the Wards Rd. Store, and then followed him downtown. He was manager of the 5th street store and I was next door at the warehouse. I framed his 611 loco print and he loved it. He was an extremely friendly easy going soul and nothing let him get upset. He probably was best know for the big pot of chili beans he cooked on the kerosene heater during the cold months in the store! Sandy, I lost my wife June 21 and I can appreciate what you are experiencing. Just keep the fond memories of him foremost and it will help to heal and ease the pain. God Bless you, Jp

Posted by:
DALE Lindsey

Posted on:
October 4, 2019

Sandy and family I\'m sorry about Johnnie. He was a dear person and he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by:
DALE Lindsey

Posted on:
October 4, 2019

Sandy and family I'm sorry about Johnnie. He was a dear person and he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

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