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James H. Vanwinkle

James H. VanWinkle, 88, of Pikeville, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

James was a member of Mt. Crest Church of God of Prophecy.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He retired from DuPont in Chattanooga after 26 years. He was employed by BCCX State Prison for 11 years. James was a Commissioner at Fall Creek Falls Utility District for 16 years. He was also a founding member of the Fall Creek Falls Community Action Group.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Blankenship VanWinkle in 1986; and wife, Ila Pursley VanWinkle in 2010.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are son, Gaylon (Rhonda) VanWinkle; daughter, Sharon (Stevie) Bickford; step-daughter, Sharon (Michael) Holliday; grandsons, Cody Bickford and Waylon VanWinkle, step-grandchildren, Brandon (Chloe) Holliday and Brittany Holliday; step-great-grandchildren, Kinslee, Quaid, Basilone, Kayle and Maddoxx, all of Pikeville; brother, Richard (Sue) VanWinkle of Amherst, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth Norris and Bro. Doyle Ashburn officiating. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery.

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Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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