Resources on Wingard Family

George Thomas Wingard, Jr. (December 16, 1923-December 19, 2010)

By Charlie Wingard · December 16, 2013 · 0 Comments
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(I wrote this post three years ago after my father died. Today would have been his 90th birthday.) The most important thing I appreciate about my Dad is that, like his heavenly Father, he loved the orphan. He worked in Arkansas and Missouri orphanages, and midway through 1958 he and Mom took me into their home. Dad became the most influential person in my life – my father, pastor, adviser, and friend. So, I played no part in the process of the most important decision ever made about me – my adoption. A good truth for a future Presbyterian minister to keep in mind. I’ve often wondered what my life would have been like had I remained with my biological…

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My Debt to Scouting

By Charlie Wingard · November 19, 2013 · 0 Comments
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After family and church, Scouting was the most significant influence in my young life. Forty years ago today I received the rank of Eagle Scout. I am grateful to my Dad, who encouraged me to join Troop 339, sponsored by his church in Smyrna, Tennessee. In 1974, I moved to Troop 120 in McMinnville, Tennessee. One of Scouting’s  primary purposes, Dad said, was to teach young men wilderness survival skills. My Scoutmasters – Mr. Craig, Mr. Justice, and Mr. Van Cleve – led by example, and held me to high standards. They made a lasting investment in my life. I no longer have any formal association with Scouting. In 1973, my troop shared the same commitment to my moral and…

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In Memory of Martha Lena Wingard (1931-2007)

By Charlie Wingard · October 25, 2013 · 0 Comments
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(My dear Aunt Martha would have turned eighty-two today. The week she died I wrote these reflections in another forum. She was a godly aunt and gifted  teacher.) While on vacation last week, I received word that my Aunt Martha died on Thursday, October 11. One of the great honors of my life came later in the day when my dad and uncle requested that I lead her funeral service in Memphis on Saturday morning and the subsequent interment service in Batesville, Arkansas. Aunt Martha was born October 25, 1931 in Montgomery, Alabama, the third and youngest child of Tom and Dorinda Wingard. She was remarkable; I can say without fear of objection from any who knew her that she…

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Depression Era Alabama

By Charlie Wingard · September 30, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Wingards came to Alabama sometime around 1820. Leaving South Carolina, they settled in Pike County, west of Troy. Look at a detailed map and you’ll find Wingard, Alabama. My great grandfather, George Franklin Wingard, married into the Moore family. The Moore-Wingard family farm, called Elmdale, was situated on the Pike and Montgomery County line, and was sold to a paper company in the early 1950s. My Dad (George), Uncle John, and Aunt Martha did a good part of their growing up in Montgomery County. I love these photos. How different was Depression era Alabama! (l-r: Uncle John, Aunt Martha, Dad) One thing you’ll notice in several of these pictures is the bright Alabama sun –  eyes are closed! I tended…

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Tom Wingard (1892-1946): “Forever Working”

By Charlie Wingard · September 10, 2013 · 0 Comments
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I never knew my grandfather, George Thomas “Tom” Wingard, Sr. He died eleven years before I was born. I always enjoyed listening to my Dad talk about his father, a man of strong Christian character. Tom Wingard was born August 26, 1892 at Elmdale, the Wingard family farm in Montgomery County, Alabama. On December 27, 1922, he married Dorinda Thompson (1894-1980). They met at a church fair. My grandmother baked a pie he liked, and life together began. This picture of my grandmother is from the late 1940s. Life was hard for my Grandfather and Grandmother, especially during the Great Depression. In 1939 they moved from Montgomery County to Forrest City, Arkansas, my Grandmother’s hometown. My Uncle John provided me…

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Roberta Maclagan Wingard (September 4, 1926 – December 19, 2008)

By Charlie Wingard · September 4, 2013 · 2 Comments
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(Today would have been my Mother’s 87th birthday. I wrote this tribute ten days after her death in 2008.) My Mother was not given to self-disclosure. Health updates, news about her activities, and reminiscences on her long life came only by my persistent personal inquiry. She was a quiet, godly woman, and conversations with her quickly turned away from herself and to her desire to know how Lynne, her grandsons, and I were doing. I never heard my Mother brag. She came to womanhood during the Great Depression and World War II, and was never at home with the moral climate and self-absorption of much of my Baby Boomer generation. When she prayed aloud, it was with the language and…

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