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Thomas McGinnis October 22, 1942 - September 16, 2021

Thomas Dean McGinnis, age 78 of Ozark, Missouri was born October 22, 1942, to Radford and Alma “Gertrude” McGinnis of Ozark, MO. Tom lived an adventurous and full life until he went to spend eternity with his Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was saved at a young age and was a witness to many people over the years. He attended James River Church in Ozark for over 25 years.

Tom retired from Sweetheart Lily Tulip Cup Company in Springfield, being a dedicated employee for 50 years. Tom had a real passion for his art, including knife and tomahawk making, sculpting and intricate Native American beadwork. Many people knew and loved Tom for his extraordinary skills as a blacksmith, he met many friends through his knife-making classes at Ozark Forge. This journey led him on many travels, including being featured on the History Channel show “Forged in Fire.” He enjoyed attending rendezvous, dressing up and educating the younger generation about his trade. He was an avid outdoorsman who spent time fishing and hunting. He loved the Lord and his family and never missed an opportunity to share the gospel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leah and his sister Janice Coffer.

Tom is survived by his children Tammy Carr of Ozark, Shane McGinnis of Ozark and Lane Burks of Galena; his brother James McGinnis and wife Donna of Ozark and sister Jeannie Coffer and husband Lloyd of Oldfield. Tom is also survived by his six grandchildren Timothy Williams and wife Tiffany of Cassville, Chantel McGinnis-Hall and husband Dutch of Ava, Lynn Marie Williams and husband Adam of Harrison, Arkansas, Ben Burks of Galena, Cillian and Samantha McGinnis of Ozark; eight great-grandchildren Dallas and Noah Williams, Aspen, Willow, Coleman, Huxton and Hardin Hall and Colton Nichols. As well as many other family members and friends.

Funeral services for Tom will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday until service time in the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    our condolences to family of tom mcginnis bill and linda yarberry milo mixxouri

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    Randy G Jones says

    My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Tom McGinnis. May he be washed in the blood of Jesus and Rest In Peace.

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    Greg Rublee says

    We spent a lot of good times together at Ozark Assembly of God working with the Royal Rangers. Tom had a big heart for young people and a generous spirit. He remains my Christian brother and my friend.

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    Skip Terry says

    To the McGinnis family. I met Tom in 2004 at the FCF National Rendezvous and grew to be very close friends. I attended a couple of knife classes and my wife and I came up to visit to spendtime with he and Leah. Even though I live in Alabama, Tom and I had a very close bond. Tom was a great man and gentle soul. He loved people and you couldn’t help to love him. Tom will be dearly missed.

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    Greg & Quity Nelson says

    Tom received his greatest reward HEAVEN. He is our friend that will miss until we meet him again in Heaven. His kind, loving heart has affected us forever. We love you my friend and “there ain’t nothing you can do about it!”