Tribute to John A. Kincannon
(May 18, 1927 – July 15, 2020)
A Founding Father to Metro Disaster Specialists
John A. Kincannon, age 93, passed away peacefully at his home on July 15, 2020.
Born May 18, 1927, in Scotland, Arkansas, the youngest of 6 children of John and Sarah Kincannon. John excelled in basketball which enabled him to graduate from Arkansas State Teacher’s College in Conway and play for the New York Knickerbockers. It was in college where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Allen. After serving in the Navy, they were married for 70 years, had three sons, and traveled the world together.
Upon settling in North Little Rock, John and his partners founded Apartment House Builders, Metro Disaster Specialists, and Associated Management. He loved the people he worked with and treated them as extended family. He was active in the construction industry nationally as well as locally as president of both the Greater Little Rock and Arkansas State Home Builders Association.
Traveling with family and friends (along with golf) were John’s passions. An avid sports fan, John always had the best big-screen television he could find. He cherished mornings with his wife spent drinking coffee on the deck at Greers Ferry. And in his day, nobody could cook a better steak.
With his infectious smile and disarming personality John never met a stranger, a gift he retained his entire life. His experience as a coach and educator spilled over to every relationship, enabling him to lift up and encourage anyone he encountered.
Moving to and eventually retiring in Maumelle, John and Phyllis were charter members of the First United Methodist Church, where he was involved in bible study and the Thursday morning Men’s Group.
John is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, wife Phyllis, son John and his wife Lena. He is survived by sons Jim Kincannon (Susan) and Dr. Jay Kincannon (Debbie), grandchildren Sarah, Juliana(Jordan Crews), Rachel Gillespie(Tyler), John Martin (Lauren), Johnny, Lauren, and Katy. John was also very proud of his 3 great-grandchildren, Will and Evie Gillespie and Relena Kincannon-Crews.
The family is especially thankful to Beth Croston for her years of dedicated service and to caregivers Lora Williams and Johnetta Thomas.
A genuinely humble man, John would have wanted everyone to be comfortable in celebrating his life and would encourage anyone concerned about COVID 19 to attend the services virtually. The in-person visitation is Monday, July 20 from 5-6:00 pm at Roller Chenal. To allow for social distancing, last names beginning with the letters A-M from 5-5:30 and letters N-Z from 5:30 to 6 pm. A Memorial Service for John is scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, July 21 at First United Methodist Church Maumelle (limited occupancy) to be live streamed via Facebook Live. Livestream graveside service to follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1201 Edgewood, Maumelle, AR 72113.