Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mrs. Jessie B. Wingfield

MRS. JESSIE B. WINGFIELD, age 90, passed away on November 11, 2014, at the local nursing home in Summerville, Georgia. She was born on August 22, 1924 in Mt. Juliet, Wilson County, Tennessee to Leonidus “Lee” Burton and Julie Lillie Prowell Burton.

Even though she grew up on a farm in rural Tennessee, her parents instilled the value of education in her and her siblings. She attended and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, as it is known now, during the years of World War II. After the war, she was offered a job as a teacher with Trion High School. She later met her future husband, Marion M. Wingfield, Jr., and they married on June 18, 1949. Marion died in 1990 two weeks before their 41st anniversary.

Her teaching career at Trion High School began in 1946 and continued until she retired in 1986. She taught mainly English and journalism, but had also taught art and music some years. She was most proud of teaching at least two generations of many of Trion’s students. While in college she was included in the 1945-1946 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”. In 1976 as a teacher, she was included in the book, “Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education”. She and Marion and their children were members of the Trion Presbyterian Church during their time in Trion. She also enjoyed attending services at the Methodist Church in her later years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion M. Wingfield, Jr., in 1990 and her four siblings and their spouses, Willie B. (Eleanor) Burton, Lillian (John) Turner, Rilla (Chuck) Reeves and Hewlette (Robert) Moseley. Also preceding her in death were her brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law and their spouses, Jimmy (Norma) Wingfield, and Vula (Harlen) Dewey and Tom Wingfield.

She is survived by her two sons, Marion "Pete" Wingfield, III and Burt (Sherrie) Wingfield as well as by five grandchildren, Kyle (Emily) Wingfield, Brent (Lydia) Wingfield, Rebecca Wingfield, Amanda (David) Scruggs and Jeremy (D’Ann)) Wingfield. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Charlie Wingfield, Owen Wingfield, David Scruggs, Jr., Taylor Scruggs and Wade Scruggs as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Family visitation will be held at the Rainwater Funeral Home on Saturday, November 15, between 12:30 until 2:00 P.M. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home on Saturday, November 15, at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Ronald Reagan will officiate. Pallbearers will be Kyle Wingfield, Brent Wingfield, Jeremy Wingfield, Neil Wingfield, David Turner and John Turner. Honorary pallbearers are the staff of G-Hall at the Oakview Nursing and Rehab facility.

A private family interment in West Hill Cemetery will follow the service.

The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trion Alumni Association Scholarship fund.

Arrangements by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia

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