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Winfrey, Garnett Burrell, of Richmond, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the age of 91.
Born on July 8, 1926 in Bramwell, Mercer County, West Virginia, Garnett was the eldest of three children born to Fred Howard and Virginia Eggleston Winfrey. Garnett met his wife, Alice Page on a blind date in 1942 before he traveled overseas in WWII. Garnett rose to the rank of Sergeant and served in the 11th Airborne Division in the Philippine and Japanese Theatres. At the end of the war, he was chosen to serve on General Douglas McArthur's Honor Guard. Garnett and Alice were married on January 20, 1948. Garnett worked at Life of Virginia and earned his CLU and enjoyed a career of 20-plus years. After retiring from Life of Virginia, he worked for several years at Special Service Agency and went on to teach English as a second language. He and Alice were members of Trinity United Methodist Church for 50 plus years.
Garnet was predeceased by his wife, Alice Page of 63 years; and is survived by their three children, Brenda Mullane (Gerry) of Wayne, Pa., Eric Winfrey (Martha Rogers) of Mechanicsville, Va., Marsha Olander (Jay) of Richmond, Va.; two grandsons, five granddaughters; and one great-grandson. Garnett was predeceased by his brother, Elwood; and survived by Elwood's wife, Janet White of Princeton, W.Va.; his sister, Wilma Reitz (Jack) of Greenville, S.C.; sister-in-law, Edna Southern of Princeton, W.Va.; and sister-in-law, Alma Lee Eden (Gerald) of Roanoke, Va. A service will be held at Woody Funeral Home-Parham, 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond, Va. 23229 on August 3, 2017, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in memory of Garnett to The USO at www.uso.org/Donate.
Published on August 1, 2017
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