WEIS Radio’s first Sports Director/Reporter has died at the age of 80 after a brief battle with Leukemia, Kenneth “Tater” Stinson passed away on Saturday
A veteran sports writer for the Cherokee County Herald, The Gadsden Times, The Anniston Star and the Birmingham Post Herald, lifetime resident Kenneth Stinson earned the opportunity to interview some of the state’s most prominent local and statewide public figures.
Among those he had the privilege of writing stories about University of Alabama coaching legend Bear Bryant, former Auburn Coach Shug Jordan and former Georgia coaches Wally Butts and Vince Dooley.
On a local level, Stinson covered the careers of state hall of famers Dale Welsh, L.D. Bruce and Roy Knapp in his 16 year career.
Kenneth was also known for his segments on the Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper Scoreboard Show during the high school football season.
In 2018 Kenneth was awarded the Baker-Dean Media Award and was inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame.
Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday March 19th at Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ethan Parker, Rev. Eddie Nation, Rev. Ted Elrod and Rev. Wendall Dutton officiating, burial will follow in Calcedonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 Monday at the funeral home.
Survivors include sister, Melba Fay (Arlen) Folsom of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Stinson of Centre; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Stinson; brothers, Gleason Stinson and Victor Allen Stinson; sisters, Hazel Gross and Julia Juanita Longshore.
Mr. Stinson was a native of Cherokee County and the son of the late John Pace and Florence Eugene Newberry Stinson and a member of Calcedonia Baptist Church. He was a Mason.
The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to The Leukemia Society.