The Sage of Seminole, Jack Wingate, 82, of the Recovery community near Bainbridge, GA, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011 at his residence.
Until his health turned poorly you might find Jack Wingate sitting on the front porch at Wingate's in his big ole rocking chair passing out local information and advice. Jack was born and raised in our area, and was a living history book 'bout
all sorts of interesting stuff 'round these parts. Being as he's
one of the original B.A.S.S. champs he knew a bit 'bout fishing
too, 'specially on Lake Seminole, and he was always ready to share his knowledge!
Mr. Jack's funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Johns officiating. Interment followed at Cool Springs Cemetery. Masonic graveside rites were provided by the Faceville Masonic Lodge #487 and military honors were provided by the United States Navy. Active pallbearers were Gregg Jeter, Jeff Jeter, Norman Johnson, Tuffy Nussbaum, Steve Henry, Allen Carter, Frank Green, and General James Yarborough, and Faceville Masonic Lodge #487, F. & A. M. served as honorary pallbearers.
Jack was born September 1, 1929 in Faceville, GA, the son of William Paul Wingate and Myrtle Bates Wingate. He was a graduate of Faceville High School, Class of 1947, and was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War. Jack was the retired owner and operator of Wingate's Lunker Lodge and was a member of Faceville Baptist Church. Jack wrote a column in the Post Searchlight and did commentary for radio and television. Wingate's Fishing Camp for Boys introduced many young men to the outdoors for 33 years.
He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Confederacy, Faceville Lodge #487, F. & A. M., Hasan Shrine Temple, and was a Founding Member of B.A.S.S. He served on the Mural committees for Dothan and Colquitt and was a member of the Apalachicola Band of the Lower Creek Indians.
Jack was very involved in our community and his positive impact on those around him will endure.
May 30, 2006, Jack was
honored with SR97 named in his honor. Photos of the festivities.
We will miss him dearly!!
Mr. Jack's Website "Seminole Ramlin's" History Files