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Jimmel Stinson (1971-2021)



Jimmel was born to Jim and Clora Stinson in Massillon, Ohio on May 28, 1971. He is a 1989 graduate of Washington High School. Following high school, Jimmel went on to attend Kent State University, where he majored in Music. Throughout his life, he worked for SARTA, Canton City Schools, and Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Until the time of his passing, he most recently worked for Massillon City Schools and volunteered as a Manager for The Canton Challenger Baseball League.


Jimmel was a compassionate low-key man who loved to laugh and loved his family. Most of all, he loved The Lord and lived to please Him. Jimmel served faithfully throughout his life in The United Holy Church of America, Inc. He served as the Assistant Minister of Music for The Northwestern District, and the lead musician for Morning Star United Holy Church in Massillon, Ohio for over 40 years. In March of 2021, he moved his membership to Mount Sinai United Holy Church in Akron, Ohio, where he served faithfully under his sister until The Lord called him home.


Jimmel was known as a skilled and intuitive musician. At an early age he showed that he was unique in many ways – especially in his interest in music. Because of this, he was given the epithet “Maestro” by his maternal grandfather. The bass guitar was the first instrument that he learned to play and from there, his musical gifting soared. He was anointed with the ability to pick up any instrument and play it masterfully. He played for his first group, The Stinson Family Singers, at the age of 8 and began playing piano for local churches in the city of Massillon by the age of 10. As a result of this great anointing and the support of his wife Corissa, in April 2021, Jimmel reached his musical goal of finishing his first solo project by the age of 50.


Jimmel was beyond talented and played a myriad of genres, which afforded him opportunities to minister for several mainstream artists and churches across the country. He was not selfish with his gifts; he took the time to show many musicians the basics of playing everything from the drums to the organ. So, although he is not physically with us, his influence on music will live on through those he taught and the lives that he impacted with his gifts.


Jimmel is survived by his wife, Corissa Stinson; his daughters, Marissa Jinnel Stinson, Maranda Stinson-Lee, and Alyana Geyer; his son, Andrew Geyer; and his only grandchild, Hazel Jinnel Joy Smith, whom he caused to laugh from ear to ear and called his “Sweet Potato”. His memory will be forever cherished by his parents, Jim and Clora Stinson; his brothers, Shaddrick (Shelisa) Stinson, Juhan Stinson, Shaheem Stinson, and J’Shar Stinson; and his sisters, Dr. Jelynn (Michael) Martin and Shamaya Stinson. He will be sorely missed by his father-in-law and mother-in law, Timothy and Roberta Yoho; his sister-in-law, Laura (Yoho) Ice; his brother-in-law, Dan Yoho; and his card playing buddy, grandmother-in-law, Erlene Tolley, along with a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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