Salem Funeral Home, Main Street
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015
- 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
300 N Cherry St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, Dec 31, 2015
Oct 11, 1926 - Dec 27, 2015
Harold Eugene Wingert, 89, died on December 27, 2015 in Winston-Salem. He was born on October 11, 1926 at Western Maryland Hospital in Cumberland, MD. He was the only child of Asa Kirkpatrick Wingert and Grace Adele Shaff Wingert and grew up in Winchester, VA. Harold received his high school diploma in absentia during WWII in 1945 due to serving as a cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In June 1945, his parents accepted his diploma at his graduation from Handley High School. He attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute in 1947 and received a Bachelor of Industrial Management from Auburn University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at age 17 in March 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1953 after earning the rank of Captain. He was married to Mary Emma Rhodes on December 15, 1956 until her death in 2011. He married Vada Byers Anderson on April 12, 2014. He retired from AT&T’s Western Electric after 32 years. His hobbies include watching and riding airplanes, keeping up with friends, writing correspondence, and collecting postcards/stamps. Harold was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder, Deacon, and Sunday School Officer. He was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Ardmore Community Club and Military Officers Association of America. He received a leadership award in 2006 for the Reserve Officers Association. He is survived by his wife Vada Byers Anderson; daughters Karen Wingert Roach and husband Lynnwood, and Joan Wingert Jordan and husband Harold; and grandchildren Mark Gabriel Roach and wife Elizabeth, Molly Roach Spangler and husband Luke, Justin Allen Jordan, Eric Doyle Jordan, and Amy Adele Jordan. The funeral service will be on Thursday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at Salem Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Street, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. The internment will be at Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, Resource Development, P.O. Box 241808, Charlotte, NC 28224-1808 or Mars Hill University, P.O. Box 370, Mars Hill, NC 28754. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
Carol Harlan Rainbolt
Dear Joan and family,
Thank you for letting our family (the children of Kenneth Harlan) know of your father's passing. I called your Dad in December to tell him that our Dad had passed on Dec. 3. Our dad talked about your dad for as long as I can remember. They met as young 17 year olds in the Army Air Corp. I would imagine they grew very close at that young age, as they kept in touch all these years.
I never met your Dad, but he sounded like the sweetest man....from what I heard from Dad and from my conversation with him in December.
I can only imagine what a great reunion they must be having in Heaven!
Carol Harlan Rainbolt
My sincere condolences to Harold's family. He was such a wonderful person and a great friend to everyone. He and my father, Bill Messick, kept the Christmas tree tradition going in the 800 and 900 blocks of Watson Ave. and encouraged others to take up the cause. I saw him several times at music concerts after my parents passed away. He was always full of energy and kindness! We will all miss him very much.
To the Wingert family. I remember Harold from Western Electric he was always a friendly person and a good man. Then later on we I started seeing him at Parkway
Shell with his old classic car. He will be missed. Heaven has gained an angel.
Hi my name is Kayla and I am a local bible teacher. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There is a very comforting scripture at Isaiah 25:8. It says that soon Jehovah will swallow up death forever and that he will wipe away all of the tears. So we can all look forward to a time when death will be no more. I hope that this scripture can bring some true comfort during these difficult times.
Betsy Styers Paul
Dear Vada, Karen, and Joan, We were so sorry to hear of Harold's death. We want you to know that we will be thinking of you in the days and months ahead. We remember how kind Mr. Wingert was to us as children and how he continued that same kindness and caring to us as adults. He was a huge support to us and to mom when she moved out of her house and again in her final months of life. We will continue to miss both Harold and Mary but cherish our memories of them; especially the ones involving First Pres. We can't help but think that our parents are now together and are continuing the same comraderie, support, and care in the new and better "Covenant Class Annex." May happy and cherished memories bring you comfort for years to come.
With our deepest sympathy,
Melissa Styers Childers and Betsy Styers Paul
Molly Levin Beck
Karen and Joan,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your father and echo the words of Sarah Coppedge. Harold was a true gentleman as well as a gentle man. I remember babysitting you girls - back in the day!
He will remain in my thoughts as the Ambassador of Watson Avenue. May you take comfort in your memories of your parents as you move into life without their physical presence.
Many blessings to you and your family.
Karen, Always enjoyed your father's company and conversation. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and husband. You and your family are in our prayers. Jim and Janet White, High Point, NC
Sarah Coppedge (Mrs. Tom D. Coppedge, Jr.)
Oh, Joan and Karen,
I, and all your former neighbors grieve with you and your families today. Harold and Mary were such an integral part of our neighborhood for so many years and Harold continued to be the "glue" that kept the memories alive for those who remained as well as those of us who have moved. Having spent many hrs. with Harold and Mary over the years, I do know that they were so very proud of both you girls and your families. May your beautiful memories help to sustain you through this time of grief. Thinking of you,"Mrs. Coppedge"(as you've always addressed me.)
Karen, I was very saddened to learn of your father's passing this morning. Please know that we are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed trading stories and listening to your dad's wisdom over the years.
Tabatha, Bobby and Beau Renegar
Mr. Wingert was the very first person we met when we moved into our home on Watson Ave, March 2013. He introduced himself to us and within minutes, had us committed to being on the "committee" to put the Christmas lights on the Watson trees. We were instantly charmed by Harold and would have been happy to do anything for him! Mr. Wingert was always a delight to talk to and I regret not having more opportunities to do so.
We send our condolences and love to the family. We will miss our sweet neighbor, Mr. Wingert very much but know that he's already organizing something in heaven!
John & Debbie Murray-Newport News, VA & Gail Lynn-Reidsville, NC
Joan and Karen, Mom, John and I are so very sorry for the loss of your father. I never had the pleasure of meeting him like Mom had, but knowing the two of you, I know he was someone special. You and your families are very special to us and if there is anything at all we can do for you, please let us know. We continue to lift you all in prayer knowing God will carry you through this difficult time. Love and God Bless you all! John, Debbie and Gail
So very sorry to lose your dad Karen. I always thought so much of him. We will remember him as a gentle soul. We offer you God's comfort and strength during this time of sorrow. Love David and Linda