PENSACOLA, Fla. - R. John Genins Jr., formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Oct. 5, 2012, in Pensacola.
John was a big presence in the life of everyone he touched and will forever be a part of those he left. His kind heart could withstand no more physical challenge.
Born Oct. 8, 1939, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Lola Mae Landrum Genins and Bob (R. J.) Genins. Lola Mae passed away in December 1997 and Bob in December 1998. His sister, Amy Jo, survives in Spokane, Wash.
The family moved to Sikeston in 1947 where Bob was principal of Sikeston High School until 1951, when he became administrator of Missouri Delta Community Hospital. In 1957, the family left Sikeston for Chicago when Bob accepted a position with the General Board of Lay Activities of the Methodist Church and John left to begin his college career at Emory University. Lola Mae carried her love and talent for teaching wherever they lived. The entire family treasured their Sikeston memories and lifelong friends. John, a comely, highly intelligent and gifted person, attended elementary school and graduated from Sikeston High School, received his BA from Emory University, his JD from Emory Law School and practiced law in Georgia.
He married Sara Singleton King of Waycross, Ga., and they had two children: Lorena Ann and Robert John Genins III (Suzanne). The family lived in St. Simons Island, Ga. When they separated, John moved back to Atlanta where he practiced law and where many respected his keen, analytical mind.
Basketball, football, baseball, playing the saxophone, and especially fishing were all activities he enjoyed. Many fishing stories could be told, including his encounters with catfish in the drainage ditches of Southeast Missouri. We miss your movin' and shakin' ways, John!
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