George Wesley Wynn, 72, of Lexington, NC died August 2, 2013, at home after an 8 month illness.
A service of Celebration will be held on August 5, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, NC, at 1 p.m. Reverend Lee Zehmer, Reverend Rob Evans and Reverend Tommy Wilson will officiate. Friends will be received following the service in the fellowship hall.
He was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 25, 1941 to John Gilbert Wynn and Margaret Ellen Wright Wynn. He was preceded in death by an older brother, John Gilbert Wynn, Jr. who died in infancy. He was raised on a farm in Dalhart, Texas and was educated in a one room school house until the 3rd grade. He was a 1959 graduate of Dalhart High School. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering in 1964 from Texas Tech University and was later honored as an outstanding graduate of the Industrial Engineering department. During college, George met and married the love of his life, Jeri Ann Walker. He went on to earn an MBA from Wright State University (1969) and a PhD from Texas A&M University (1982). George continued his lifelong love of education and learning throughout his life. Following graduation from Texas A&M, he began a teaching career as a Marketing professor at the University of Arkansas. In 1986, he became the department head of the Marketing department at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was head of the JMU Faculty Senate and retired as Senate Marshal in 2007. George remained grounded in his Texas roots and his passion for land and cattle resumed in 1992 when he bought Wynndy Hill Farm in Broadway, Virginia. In 2010, he and Jeri moved to Lexington, NC to be closer to their family. George was an avid woodworker who built furniture, turned pens, and in later years began wood carving. George's enthusiasm for history and especially the Civil War included several summers spent at the Civil War Institute in Gettysburg, PA. He is survived by his wife Jeri Ann Wynn of Lexington, NC; Shelly Bishop, husband Christian Bishop, and granddaughter Bailey of Taylors, SC; Paige Staples, husband Charlie Staples, and grandchildren Mac and Wynn of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Brooke Zehmer, husband Lee Zehmer, and granddaughters Madison, Kinsley, and Mollie of Lexington, NC.
Memorial Gifts may be made to Kiwanis Kiddie Kamp, P.O. Box 1951, Lexington, NC, 27293.