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Frank Woodson Winfree Jr., 90, of Bluefield, passed peacefully of natural causes on Nov. 28, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital.
Frank was born May 20, 1927, in Kayford, and was the only child of Frank Woodson and Elzenia Elizabeth Comer Winfree.
He was a 1944 graduate of Charleston High School. He served in the Army, infantry division, at Fort McPherson in Atlanta from 1945 to 1947. He married Joyce E. Wilson on Sept. 30, 1950. He also graduated from West Virginia University in 1950, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He returned to military service in Korea from 1950 to 1952.
Returning to Fairmont, Frank served as vice president of Wilson Ford Sales Co. for 23 years before moving to Surfside Beach, South Carolina. He and his wife then moved to Harrisburg, Virginia, in 1979 and to New Market, Virginia, in 1981. In 2010, they moved to Bluefield to be closer to their children.
Frank was a member of the Fairmont Elks Lodge for more than 50 years and a member of the American Legion Post 17 for 65 years. He was also a member of Acaci Masonic Lodge No. 157, A.F. & A.M. in Fairmont as well as a Shriner, receiving his 50-year certificate and pin in 2007. In his early 70s, Frank hiked sections of Appalachian Trail with his daughter, Mickey, and friends. In his 80s, he served hikers with the ATOM ministry in Bland, a ministry which provides meals and support to through hikers each May.
Frank is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce Wilson Winfree, and their four children, Frankie and husband Chuck McCabe of Naperville, Illinois, Mickey and husband Don Pellillo of Bluefield, Woody and wife Cynthia of Pickerington, Ohio, and Marti and husband Carl Grainger of Nichols, South Carolina; and his nine grandchildren, Jason McCabe and wife Nicole, Jennifer Pellillo Howard and husband Kris, Jessica Grainger Gleason and husband Joe, Julie Pellillo, Sean Winfree and wife Lauren, Nick Winfree and wife Rebekah, Ryan Winfree and wife, Paige and Sarah Winfree and Grant Winfree; and seven great-grandchildren, Karolina Howard, Liam Winfree, K.J. Howard, Ollie McCabe, Gwyneth Winfree, Owen McCabe and Lydia Winfree.
Frank will be cremated followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel officiated by family friend and Pastor Dewayne Belcher to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (appalachiantrail.org) or ATOM, P.O. Box 203, Bastian, VA 24314.
Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com.
Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Frank Winfree Jr.
Published on November 29, 2017
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