Al Vinson, U. S. Navy Veteran

February 2, 1931 – September 10, 2013
Services:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
1:00 PM
Life Celebration-VFW Post 2632

Cemetery Services:
Arlington National Cemetery at a Date to Be Determined

Senior Chief Petty Officer Alexander Lackey Vinson, II, USN (Ret), 82, of California, MD and formerly of Louisa, KY passed away peacefully on September 10, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD, after fighting various different illnesses.

Al, also known as Alex, was born on February 2, 1931 in Louisa, KY, son of the late Alexander Vinson and the late Mexie Carey Johns Vinson.

Al proudly served in the United States Navy for 28 Years and retired in 1978 as a Senior Chief. He also was employed by the Federal Government until his retirement in 1997 with NAWC-AD. Al then took a short stint away from military and worked as a limo driver. But his military roots were deep and he returned to work with Titan/Semcor for 6 years where he finally retired to enjoy his time with his family and friends. Al was a member of the VFW and National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFEA). Al enjoyed his traveling while in the Navy but once stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station he decided this is where he wanted to make a home. He loved sharing his experiences on ships and aircraft with his greatest love being aircraft. Al was an avid Redskins fan, loved to garden, and cherished his memories of the time he spent growing up on a farm. He touched the lives and hearts of all his friends and family whom he loved dearly and he will be greatly missed.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Sara Frances “Fran” Vinson; sister, Juanita Vinson Adams of Westminster, MD; nephew, Olin L Adams, III of Auburn, AL; grandson, Jack Pridgen who he raised; step sons, Larry S. Shlemon (Denise) of Hollywood, MD, and Kenneth A. Shlemon of Irving, TX, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his extended family, Rick Sandidge (Beth) of Port Republic, MD, Susie Owens of Louisville, KY, Bob Bailey, Richard Bailey (Ann), Elizabeth Bryant, and Mary Hart (Frank) all of Memphis, TN. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Vinson.

Family and friends will celebrate Al’s life on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the VFW Post 2632 located at 23282 Three Notch Road, California, MD 20619. A private burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Alexander Vinson’s memory to: NAS Patuxent River VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Road, P.O. Box 86, California, MD 20619.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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