Jimmy Ray Lynn, 76, of Knox City, Texas passed away at his home Sunday morning, November 4, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Knox City with Rev. Bill Howse officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery in Burkburnett under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 7 at the funeral home in Knox City.
Jimmy Ray was born September 9, 1936 to Ira and Vivian (Potts) Lynn in Wichita Falls, Texas. He grew up in Wichita Falls and graduated from Wichita Fall Senior High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Georgie Bobby Henderson on May 20, 1955. Mrs. Lynn passed away in March of 2008 after 52 years of marriage.
He is also preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Vivian Lynn; and 1 brother, Wayne Lynn.
Jimmy Ray and Georgie moved to Knox City in 1957 where they began the legacy of Lynn Electric Motor Company. Together, they built the business and raised 4 children in Knox City and Jimmy Ray was known for his kind and gentle giving spirit. He retired from the business several years ago and since has enjoyed his family and church. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Knox City where he served faithful as Deacon and Chairman of the Deacons.
Being a humble man, Jimmy was blessed to have been awarded the E. Hobb Smith Citizen of the Year award, the Community Builders Award, and honored as Grand Marshall of the annual Christmas Parade. He also served as past President and member of the Lions Club of Knox City, Chamber of Commerce, Little League and was a volunteer fireman for many years.
Jimmy Ray is survived by his 4 children; daughter, Laura Hines and her husband Lonnie of Seminole, Texas; 3 sons, Jimmy Lynn II and wife Jan of Grapevine, Texas, Scott Lynn and wife Lawri of Knox City, and Steven Lynn of Dallas; 2 brothers, Bill Lynn and wife Jeri of Bedford, Texas, and Jerry Lynn of Arlington, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Brian, Candace and her fiancée Cody, Heather, Kylee, Josh, Jennifer, Jessica, Jarrod, Julie, Landon, Allison, Andrea, and Preston; 2 great-grandchildren, Gavin and Jayce; and his caregiver, Annette Sosa.
The family would like to express gratitude to Jimmy's 'buddy' and caregiver, Annette Sosa, for her dedication to his wellness and well being and to the first responders that were called to Jimmy’s home the morning of November 4 and thank them for the respect, care and kindness they provided.
If desired, memorials can be made in Jimmy Ray’s name to the MDA Research Organization, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062.