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.