James Bryan “J.B.” Stinnett, Jr. passed away peacefully at home in Lubbock on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the age of 98.
J.B. was born February 21, 1922 in Tell, Texas to Jewell Atkinson Stinnett and James Bryan Stinnett, Sr. J.B. grew up in Tell and was known to many as “Smiley.”
After graduating from Tell High School, J.B. briefly attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The oldest of five siblings, J.B. left Hardin-Simmons to return home to Tell to help care for his mother and siblings and the family grocery business upon the sudden passing of his father.
J.B. lived most of his life in Lubbock where he owned and operated Stinnett Food Market for almost 50 years. He was a long-time member of Lions International, and an active member of Redbud Baptist Church.
J.B. was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Rosemary Smith of Tell and a brother, Andrew Stinnett of El Paso.
J.B. is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy of Lubbock, four sons, two daughters, many cherished grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, brother Gene Stinnett of San Antonio and sister Gwen Caussey and husband Don of Katy and many nieces and nephews.