Tommy McGinnis

Staff Written Obituaries

Tommy Gene McGinnis passed away peacefully on January 14, 2021.  Tommy resided at Savannah Court Lake Oconee.  He was with loving family.   He was 76 years old.  He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Imogene Wood McGinnis of Madison.  Tommy is survived by an uncle, Dan McGinnis and an aunt Christine Taylor both of Forsyth County, Georgia, his siblings, Allen McGinnis (Julie), Kathy Cochran (George), Ricky McGinnis (Carol), of Morgan County,   Patti Horton (Len) of Greensboro, and Vicki Sellers (Rick) of Georgetown, Texas.   nieces and nephews: Jodie Johnson (Robert) of St Augustine, Fla., Adam McGinnis (Mary), Monticello, Jason McGinnis (LaVaughn) of Athens,  Mary Beth Coke of Atlanta, Elizabeth Patrick (Jeff), Madison, Gray Ouzts (Andrew), Jackson, Miss. Suzanne Sellers (Shawn), Georgetown, Texas, Frances Sellers, Georgetown, Texas, Myra McCarthy (Kevin), Wilmington, NC and Chris Horton (Jen), Lenoir, NC.  great nieces and nephews: Aura Johnson, Robert Simon Johnson, Samuel McGinnis, Savannah McGinnis, Christy Sovie (Robbie), Nick Shurling (Kaeti), John Coke, Elizabeth Coke, Heather Patrick, Breanna Patrick, Joel Ouzts, Caroline Ouzts, Tyler McCarthy, Kyle McCarthy, Christopher Horton, Brooklyn Sovie, Layla Sovie, Rob Sovie, Wynnie Shurling, Morgan Woods, Emma Woods, Heidi Hobble and Noah Hobble.  He is survived by a host of cousins and dear friends that have surrounded his life with joy, laughter, prayers and many good memories for a lifetime. 

Tommy was born at home in Forsyth County.  He enjoyed the love and support of many cousins, aunts and uncles throughout his life.  Many still refer to him as the Ambassador of the McGinnis family.  He attended Morgan County Schools.   Tommy was a beloved member of Pennington Methodist Church.  If you know any member of the Church, or the McGinnis family, you most certainly knew Tommy.

The interment will be immediate family only.   The only visitation will be online at A.E. Carter Funeral Home at   A virtual visitation may be enjoyed through photos and memories online.  

Many who traveled along 83 Highway in the 1970’s through the 1990’s, especially if they traveled to and from Georgia Football games or attended college or had business along the route there was a young man who walked daily and spoke to people.  This was Tommy McGinnis.  He was friends to many who never even knew his name. 

The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pennington Church Children’s Playground Fund.  Pennington Church, P.O. Box 141, Madison, GA 30650.  It would only be fitting the sound of children laughing and playing serve as an honor to someone that remained pure in spirit throughout his entire life.  A Dedication of the Playground and a Celebration of Tommy’s life will occur most likely on his birthday later this year in August.

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