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Floyd Jackson Wingfield, Sr., 1905-1986

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Floyd Jackson Wingfield, Sr. was born in Goode, Virginia, July 28, 1905. He died November 22, 1986, and was buried at the Virginia Memorial Gardens, Forest, Virginia. The Rev. Emory N. Tarpley, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, Thaxton; the Rev. Willy N. Heggoy, retired; and the Rev. William E. Knight, superintendent of the Lynchburg District, officiated at his funeral. Mr. Wingfield is survived by Annie Lawrence Wingfield, his wife of 62 years; two daughters, five sons; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Shortly after he joined the church in 1915, at the age of 10, Mr. Wingfield felt "a definite call to preach" but his plans were interrupted three years later when, following the death of his father, he was forced to drop out of school and go to work to help his mother support the family.

After marriage and seven children, he pursued his dream by joining the Billy Sunday Club and preached whenever he could. His pastor, the Rev. T .E. Johnson, Sr., and two former district superintendents of the Lynchburg District, Dr. C. Cooper Bell and Dr. Thomas F. Carroll, took a great interest in Mr. Wingfield and encouraged him to "get on" with his dream. Through a course of study at Duke and Candler School of Theology and his first appointment at Huddleston, his dream became a reality.

Mr. Wingfield took his first appointment at Huddleston in 1947, and served in active ministry 24 years. He also served Appomattox Circuit, South Amherst, Bayleys Chapel, Cashville, Burkeville, Asbury Memorial in Danville, and Bethlehem at Concord. During Mr. Wingfield's 21 years as a retired minister he was called on to fill in at Trinity, two occasions at the Forest Road Church and two occasions at Shiloh Church in the Lynchburg District and the South Amherst Charge in the Charlottesville District. Nearly every Sunday he was invited to preach somewhere.

During all of this time as an active and retired minister his wife, Annie, was by his side, supporting him wholeheartedly in his ministry. At one time, all five of their sons were licensed preachers in the Methodist Church. Floyd, Jr. and Arthur are members of the Virginia conference today. Wayne and Steve are ministers in the Wesleyan Church and Lawrence and the two daughters, Helen and Catherine, are active lay people in their respective churches.

Mr. Wingfield was a real soul winner and had a great way about him that reached the common people, leading many to Christ. He had a zest for evangelism until the time of his death. His favorite Scripture was 2 Timothy 4:7: "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith." All who had the privilege of knowing Floyd, when reflecting upon his life and ministry, will certainly recall the words of Jesus:  "Well done, good and faithful servant."  

--Joseph T. Carson, Jr.  

 

 

 

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