John Eric Kinsey

John Eric Kinsey

April 9, 1970 – December 26, 2022

John Eric Kinsey was born the youngest of three sons to Anne Neal Kinsey and Richard Kinsey on April 9, 1970, in Columbia, South Carolina.

John started his career with the Macy’s Family (Riches/Davison’s) on August 18, 1994, in Columbia, South Carolina. John moved and accepted numerous promotions throughout his career path. In 2001, that path led him to move to Atlanta to open a brand-new store at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia, Georgia as store manager.  It is at that time where he met and hired his future wife.

John married his best friend Marissa Fodera Kinsey on September 15, 2007, shortly before moving to Kemah, Texas where John had accepted the position of store manager at Macy’s at Baybrook Mall, in Friendswood, Texas.  John was devoted to Macy’s and all his employees.  He remained in close contact with many who left to work elsewhere.

John was a loving father to his only child; his six-year-old daughter Kaylee Anne Kinsey. Kaylee is the spitting image of John, as well.   She was the apple of John’s eye. He was and will always be Kaylee’s hero.

John leaves behind his wife Marissa, together 21 years, daughter Kaylee, mother & father-in-law Vince and Betty Fodera, and 2 shih tzu puppies Charlie and Emma; his father Richard Kinsey, brother and sister-in-law Gary & Rose Kinsey, his Aunt Sherry (Kenny) Fuller, and Cousin Kendall Fuller all of which reside in South Carolina. Uncle Bob (Dotti) Bala of Conyers, Georgia; Uncle Michael (John) Bala of California; Cousins Laura (Chuck) Adamson, Shawn (Becky) Bala, Kathy (Tiger) Bragg, Brady (Shayna) Bala. and a host of cousins and other family and friends who will greatly miss him.

John was proceeded in death by his mother Anne Neal Kinsey, eldest brother Richard Kinsey Jr., his maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as fur babies Abby and Harley, Grandma Bick (Dorothy Bickford) and our cool cousin Dillon Bragg, who we are sure greeted him at he gates of Heaven with Jesus.

John’s family will have a visitation Wednesday January 4, 2023, from 5pm-7pm. at Crowder Funeral Home in League City located at 1645 East Main Street, League City, TX 77573.

His funeral service will be held Thursday January 5, 2023, at 10 am at Bay Area Church, located at 4800 West Main Street, League City Texas 77573.

Graveside Service and Burial to be held separately at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, South Carolina.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made, if desired, to a college fund that has been set up for Kaylee. Donations can be made at the following link:

On behalf of the family, Thank You, for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from the community.  It has been amazing to watch and is deeply appreciated.  Please continue to pray for Marissa and Kaylee as they process this very heartbreaking tragedy and learn to live without John.


  1. A beautiful tribute to John. My sincerest sympathies and love to you, Marissa and Kaylee. Love and prayers to you always. ❤️❤️❤️

    Angie Dempsey
  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family . John will be greatly missed , he was a mentor, leader and a friend . He absolutely adored and loved his daughter Kaylee, he was so excited to share her pictures, accomplishments at such a young age . I will miss his daily walks and pep talks in our store . He impacted so many lives in the short time he was given on earth . We will be forever grateful and will never forget him . Until we meet again, rest easy John 💔

    Mary Guerra
  3. My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Tasha Jones
  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that he will always be in yours and Kaylee’s heart. Love to you and your family.

    Karen DiGiovanni
  5. This is really hard to read John’s life Journey. I have no words to express the deep sadness I have for his loss and his family. His journey in life impacted so many people positively and I was one of these people. He was one of the leaders in my work journey believed in me and my contribution as a leader. He saw so much potential in me I didn’t see it myself at that time. He was not only a boss for my starting career as leader, he was a friend and a brother guided me to success and the steps needed to be a strong leader. I still remember how he used to keep morning rallies so exciting to recognize everyone contribution to the success of the team. He was an inclusive leader didn’t leave anyone behind deserving of the recognition. He never missed any opportunity to lift people up. He was a big part of my life and my family as well. Thank you John for the incredible journey and what you did for others to become successful. You will always be remembered!!

    Sayed Elsadig
  6. My Deepest Sympathy to his family and his Baybrook team/family. Such a shock with his passing, but there are many good memories to hold on to, at this time.

    Phil Jones
  7. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Marissa and Kaylee and John’s entire family….John was and always will be the bright light which sparks so many daily lives. Always incredibly caring, genuine, positive but mostly passionate about people. He supported so many careers and aspirations in his work life. He was a good friend, a mentor to many, and was always there to greet any store visitors with a smile and true engagement. He was always the most proud of his store and his people. I met John in 2008 when he came to the Houston area with Macy’s. He was getting married and was so excited to begin his life here. Along came Kaylee and I could see the pride in his eyes. John wasn’t one to share many personal details but when it came to Marissa and Kaylee, the pictures were endlessly beautiful. He would just be beaming with pride to show us his pictures. Rest in peace my Friend. You will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

    Cathy Peters
  8. My dear Marissa, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending much love to you and sweet Kaylee.

    Janet Kaplan
  9. My condolences to the Kinsey family .

    Mary Frances Diffenbaugh
  10. John and I were in a class together at Dreher High School in Columbia, SC. What a pleasure it was to know him. I have nothing but the fondest memories of him. He was a wonderful person and such a great friend. Though I haven’t seen him since I left SC, he will be terribly missed. My most sincerest condolences to his beautiful wife, Marissa, and their precious daughter, Kaylee. May the LORD keep you in perfect peace which surpasses all understanding.

    Lots of love,

    Dionne S. Bowen Johnson

    Dionne S. Bowen Johnson
  11. Marissa, My sincere condolences for your loss. Much love to you snd Kaylee

    Lori Cleary
  12. Lots of prayers and thoughts. May strength come when needed. And your hearts be surrounded by all the good John lived out.

    Billie Norton
  13. We hold nephew John deeply and dearly in our hearts now as always; and forever.

    Uncle's Michael Bala & Jon Lucca
  14. John was a devoted father to Kaylee and was always friendly and kind. I will always remember John bringing his daughter to school in the mornings of her kindergarten year. He would carry her in on his hip and lovingly watch as she unpacked her backpack. When she was ready to start her day she would find her way back to his arms for their routine goodbye. This precious send off included another hug and a kiss on each cheek. It was a beautiful interaction and their love for each other was a sight to behold.
    May God comfort this beautiful family in the days ahead. I love you Kaylee!

    Cynthia Lane
  15. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. I know through Betty that he was a devoted husband and daddy to kaylee. May your memories of John forever stay with you.

    Barbara Hoppenfeld
  16. So sorry for your loss. Prayers lifted for comfort and strength during this difficult time.Condolences to the entire family.

    Cousin Theresa

    Theresa Civitarese
  17. Marissa,

    I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. May the Lord God embrace you and give you comfort and peace that passes understanding during this difficult time. Praying for you and Kaylee – the Lord is near, even now.

    Nicole Massie
  18. My deepest condolences to John’s family. John Kinsey was my store manager while working in visual merchandising and display as a trimmer at Macy’s Baybrook from 2007-2013. I was working full-time days while attending college at night. When I left Macy’s John was kind enough to provide me with a beautifully written letter of recommendation. That letter showed his gentlemanly character, and his kind articulate manner will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace, and may your loved ones be embraced with the same kindness you have shown to others.

    Chris Cook
  19. John you are very missed ! I hope you continue to rest in peace !

    Jeanna valdez

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