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Longtime Union Businessman Bill Wingo Passes Away

Daniel Prince

Wingo was a veteran of World War II and Korean War

A longtime Union businessman passed away this week at the age of 94. Bill Wingo, longtime owner of Wingo’s Tire Center on Thompson Boulevard, died Wednesday following a few months of declining health. Wingo was a fixture at Wingo’s Tires for many years, which became known almost as much for its reputation as a gathering place for coffee and conversation as for its no-ethanol gasoline and many brands of tires. The Wingo Coffee Crew will serve as honorary pallbearers at Wingo’s funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Union. Visitation will be from 2:30-4 p.m. at the church before the service, and burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Wingo was a graduate of Union High School and Cecil’s Business College. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines and the US Army, having served in World War 2 and the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Union High School Booster Club. He was a lifetime deacon at First Baptist Church, where he also served as a Sunday School teacher and a volunteer for the bus ministry for many years. He and his wife Jeanelle were both cancer survivors and supported the American Cancer Society of Union, sponsoring the Survivors Dinner and helping with the Survivors Walk.

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