BANGS — Charles O. Winfrey, a Christian gentleman, kind soul and a man respected and loved by many, passed away in Brownwood on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 88.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Bangs Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Charles was born Roy and Betty Winfrey on Nov. 25, 1925, at Sipe Springs, Texas. Charles grew up in Brown County and graduated from Bangs High School in 1943. Charles and Betty Jo Heffington graduated from high school together. They fell in love and married July 22, 1944, and were married 49 years. He answered the call to service by serving in the Army. He served God and county with pride in France, Germany, and Austria in the 65th Inf. Div. in World War II. Charles was honored with a Bronze star for meritorious achievement in battle. We have truly lost another member of “the Greatest Generation.”
After returning home from the service he worked for Earl Clements and Son Wholesale Co. in Brownwood for 3 years. Charles then moved to Odessa to raise his family and start his vending and wholesale business, West Texas Distributing Co, which he owned and operated for 20 years. Betty owned and operated fabric centers in Odessa and Pecos. They later sold the business and he became Vice President of Del-Tex in Odessa for the next 10 years, until he retired.
Charles lost Betty to cancer on March 31, 1993. He then moved back to Brownwood to care for both of their aging mothers. Charles served as President of Bangs Cemetery Association for 6 years and served on Bangs Food Pantry Board for 5 years. He was also a member of the Bangs chapter of the American Legion. He loved his Bangs Dragons and had season tickets to all the home football games.
He attended and was a deacon at Crescent Park Church of Christ in Odessa for many years. The Bangs Church of Christ has been his spiritual home for the last 19 years. He has been very active in the work of the church and helping with the Bangs Church of Christ Youth Camp in Cisco and Brady, Texas.
Charles was lucky enough to find love again when he met June (Barnett) Luman. They decided to blend their families and were married July 30, 1994. They have had a loving 19 year marriage. Charles and June loved to travel and their greatest joy was spending time with their families and friends.
He is survived by his wife June; his son, Charles Larrell Winfrey of Brownwood, Texas; son, Dennis Winfrey and his dog Concho of Brownwood, Texas; daughter, Voneise and husband Doug Kupper of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren, Brent and Trent Glasser of Wolfforth, Texas, Shea and Eddie Fishel of Wichita, Kan., Courtney Winfrey of San Antonio, Texas, Brandon and Mandy Kupper of Wichita Kan., and Austin Kupper of Wichita, Kan. Included as well are June’s children, which he loved as his own, Cleta and Dan Ernst of Austin, Texas, and his grandchildren, Erik Ernst, of Dallas, Texas, Chris Ernst of Austin, Texas, and Shelby Scott of Lockhart, Texas. Charles had the good fortune of having ten grandchildren. Also included are a host of friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Those who have preceded him in death include his beloved first wife, Betty Jo Heffington; his mother, Elizabeth (Betty) and father, Roy; grandson, Aaron J Ham; and June’s daughter, Letrice Luman Scott.
The family request memorials be made to the Bangs Church of Christ Youth Camp; P.O. Box 41, Bangs, Texas, 76823.