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Michael Smithson Kinnard
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  • American Heart Association of SC Memorial & Tributes Processing Center
    4217 Park Place Court
    Glen Allen, VA 23060

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“Dr. Kinnard often comes into my thoughts throughout the last two years and I very much miss the times I was able to spend with him. I smoke a cigar...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Jacob Wintersteen - houston

“Memory ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: Jacob Wintersteen - Houston, TX

“Jennifer and Meg. We miss Michael so much. The photo reminds Andrea and me of the pleasant and fun memories we had during our last trip together in...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Larry Smith - Dallas, TX - Family

“Jennifer I just learned of Michael's untimely passing when I read his name in a UT publication I receive. Even though we had not seen each other in ...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Marshall F. Priest MD - boise, ID

“My deepest sympathies to the family. Mike was a great friend who helped me during a difficult time in my life. We both had connections to Memphis...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Kevin Balkwill - Brentwood, TN

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“Jennifer, I am so grieved to learn of Mike's sudden death. I had lost touch with him and his family in the last years. I have such special memories...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Georgia Ann Giles Spencer - TN

“Jennifer, Meg and Adair With great sadness we extend our deepest sympathy to each of you. Jeff and I have enjoyed getting to know both Mike and...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Jefferson and Patricia Leath

“Jennifer and Meg, It is with such a heavy heart that I write this. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Mike will certainly be missed by so...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Susan McNiel - Bennettsville, SC

“We I are thinking of you often. Numerous people in Memphis have been sharing wonderful stories about Mike's impact on their lives. We will not be...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Madge and Ken Tullis - Memphis, TN

“Jennifer, I am so sorry for your and Meg's loss. Mike was one of the most kind and caring person that I've ever known, and I will never forget how...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Susan Harris - Memphis, TN

“I must say Skip & I were certainly saddened when reading yesterday's Commercial Appeal. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Skip & Tootsie Portis - Memphis, TN

“Mike and I went to grade school and junior high together in Franklin. We had lost touch over the years, but his many successes are not surprising....Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Earle DuRard - Joelton, TN

“Dr. Mike was such a breath of fresh air for the Tennessee Medical Foundation's Physicians Wellness Program. He provided the program and the...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Marc Overlock - Nashville, TN

“Jennifer and Meghan - I was so sad to read of Mike's passing. He was a wonderful friend and boss. I enjoyed working with him at St. Francis and...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Becky Ehrlicher - Memphis, TN

“Linda and I were sadden to hear of Michale's death. In death as in life it happened with style. If we were permitted to pick our deaths, why not pick...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Jim and Linda Porterfield - TN

“Dearest Jennifer, my heart goes out to you for the sudden death of your dear husband! I pray the Lord's perfect peace will fill your soul. I shall...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Pamela Galloway Withrow - FL

“We are so glad and so fortunate to have reconnected with Mike and Jennifer at the the BGA reunion last May. His laughter and spirit filled the room....Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Robert and Diane Fleming - NM

“I was a friend of Mike's from elementary school. We were often in trouble for talking during class. I lost touch with him after BGA graduation, but I...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Robbie Robertson Pinkerton - TN

“Mike and I went to grade school and junior high together in Franklin. We had lost touch over the years, but his many successes are not surprising....Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Earle DuRard - Joelton, TN

“I was so very sorry to hear of Dr. Kinnard's passing. He was a pleasant person to work for. I will always remember his smile and the laughs that he...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Cathy C. (Gober) Yarbrough - WI

“To Jennifer and Meghan - my deepest sympathies to you both. I was saddened to read of Mike's death today. When I worked for him at St. Francis, he...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Becky Ehrlicher - Memphis, TN

“What a great guy he was. I always thought the he was too smart in school for me to befriend, but I am glad that our reunions allowed that to change. ...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Dickson - Seven Lakes, NC

“I worked for Dr Kennard at Cardiology Associates and he was a wonderful Christian man and boss. I will be praying for his family. ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Janet Hollingsworth - Memphis, TN

“Dearest Jennifer and Meg, I was so deeply saddened by the reading of the passing of Dr. Kinnard. I worked for him and did the billing and ins at ...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Lanell Rhea - Memphis, TN

“My thoughts & prayers for Mike's family. He was a special person. Cherish his wonderful memories. May he rest in peace. Chaplain Pat O'Shea & Rev...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: ChaplAin Pat O'Shea - Bartlett, TN

“Mike and I send our deepest condolences to Jennifer and Meg. We are devastated by his loss and will always remember him as the intelligent and...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that I got a chance to see Mike at our 50th BGA High School reunion last year. yet without the remotest...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Brock Estes - Richmond, VA

“My Love and deepest sympathy to Jennifer,Meghan and Adair and extended family. Mike was my best friend all through high school .I am so glad we were...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Don Steele - Elizabethton, TN

“Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: White - SC

“My sympathies for this enormous loss to your family. The world seemed a bit less bright today...... ”
31 of 33 | Posted by: Karen Curtis - Memphis, TN

“My condolences and prayers to the Kinnard Family, and may the God of all comfort bless and comfort you doing your time of grief. ”
32 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“I am not able to compose my thoughts right now.. I need time to reflect and accept Mike's passage. Love, Larry ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Larry V. Smith - Dallas, TX


Michael Smithson Kinnard, 68, of Charleston, S.C., died suddenly on Sunday, March 29, 2015, while vacationing in St. Thomas, USVI. Born in Franklin, Tennessee, on August 19, 1946, he was a son of the late John Parks and Martha Smithson Kinnard. Mike graduated from Battleground Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University before receiving a medical degree from the University of Tennessee. It was at UT that Mike met a fellow medical student and daughter of longtime U.S. Rep. Ed Jones, Jennifer Wilson Jones, who would become his wife of 38 years. After Mike's cardiology fellowship at Harvard University, the couple relocated to Memphis, which would be their home for more than three decades, and where they welcomed their only child, Meg. Mike was known by many names - Dr. Kinnard, Daddy, Free Elk - but he cherished perhaps none more than Poppie, the moniker picked for him by his only grandchild, Adair. Mike was a "foodie" before the term existed, constantly seeking out new culinary experiences and sharing his finds with his loved ones, reciting the contents of a delightful meal down to the morsel. He believed in the curative power of laughter, filling rooms across the continents with his distinctive brand of humor. Those he loved, particularly Adair, were regular recipients of Amazon packages, filled with reading material Mike thought they'd enjoy.

There are many things that can be said about Mike's years as a cardiologist. He was a talented physician with a great deal of honors and accomplishments for his work healing the physical heart. More importantly than all of that, however, was his desire to heal the spiritual hearts of countless men through the ManKind Project. He had the uncanny ability to look into a man's "heart" and see his pain and his wounds. He would then love them in spite of their warts and blemishes. He had grown tired of medical practice but received boundless energy through the more than 20 years he devoted to the ManKind Project, mentoring many men, helping them embrace themselves and become better sons, husbands, fathers and humans. He had an endless amount of love for everyone that he met, always looking for ways to be helpful and encouraging. This was perhaps the most beautiful picture of the deep and abiding faith he possessed. An active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Mike cherished his faith, deeply and personally.

Mike is survived by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jones Kinnard, of the home; daughter, Meghan Elisabeth Kinnard, and grand-daughter, Adair Nanette Hinson, both of Columbia, S.C., as well as many special nieces, nephews cousins and countless friends.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., with reception to follow in the Memory Garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to make a remembrance to Mike send a donation to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, PA 23060.