Jim (James Newton) Cinnamon, 79, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, after a short battle with cancer.
As was his wish, his last days were spent at his home, Swimming Bear Lodge in Cherry Log, Ga., surrounded by family.
Born December 5, 1935, in Mercer County, he was the son of James and Hazel Cinnamon. He graduated from Salvisa High School in 1953, where he played varsity basketball. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from September 1953 to September 1956. After boot camp, he was stationed in Korea and The Philippines, returning to the US to serve as a Drill Instructor. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Ky., enrolled in college at the University of Kentucky, and married the first love of his life, Carolyn June Goodlett (also of Mercer County) on December 28, 1957.
Jim began his career in the hotel industry at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. While in Louisville, Jim’s and Carolyn’s sons Greg and Scott were born.