Ray Winderweedle

Ray Winderweedle, son of Polly and Charles H. Winderweedle, attended Ray City School in the late 1930s. His father, Charles Hence Winderweedle, was a merchant of Ray City.

Raymond Howard Winderweedle, Ray City, GA

Raymond Howard Winderweedle, Ray City, GA

The Winderweedles came from Lafayette County, FL to Ray City some time before 1918.  In Florida, the red-headed, blue-eyed Charles H. Winderweedle had been a farmer, but in Ray City he went into the mercantile business.  About 1928 or 1929 Mr. Winderweedle went into a partnership to form the firm of Johnson and Winderweedle, which did a general mercantile business and carried a high grade line of groceries.  Johnson and Winderweedle was one of the first of the businesses of community to advertise in the depression-era booster pages of the Nashville Herald.  It was bad timing to start a new business, but Winderweedle and his partner were quite optimistic about their beginning and the prospects for continued growth in trade.

The Winderweedles lived in a big house on the northeast corner of Bishop Street and Main Street. This house was later the residence of Maudell and Thomas Julian Studstill, and their children Jean Studstill, Thomas and Frank. Some time before 1940 the Winderweedles moved to Nashville, Georgia where Charles H. Winderweedle died of cancer of the larnyx on September 14, 1940.

After high school, Raymond Winderweedle joined the Army.

Raymond Howard Winderweedle, 13th Infantry Medical Company at U.S. Army Training Center, Fort Eustis, VA, 1953

Raymond Howard Winderweedle, 13th Infantry Medical Company at U.S. Army Training Center, Fort Eustis, VA, 1953


Obituary of Raymond H. Winderweedle

GM (Ret.) Raymond H. Winderweedle, 79, of Columbus, GA, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Columbus Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, May 14, 2012 at Evangel Temple with Reverend Paul Thomas, Reverend Watson McKemie, and Reverend Bud Rupel officiating according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, 31907. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends this afternoon from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. SGM (Ret.) Raymond H. Winderweedle was born September 23, 1932 in Ray City, GA, son of the late Charlie and Pollie Hewitt Winderweedle Benefield. He served his country in the U.S. Army for 24 years, serving tours of duty in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. During his distinguished career in the Army he served in Army Finance. After he retired he continued to serve with Civil Service at Fort Benning as Chief of Military Pay, then he worked with CB&T at Fort Benning, GA, until 2008 helping new recruits with their finances. He was a faithful member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God and the Joint Heirs Sunday School Class. He also served the church as director of the XYZ Group, and served on the Board. In addition to his parents, SMG (Ret.) Winderweedle was preceded in death by his step father, Raleigh Benefield, 3 half-brothers, and one half -sister. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Lanora Winderweedle of Columbus, GA; three children, Cathy Bolin and her husband, Steve of Columbus, GA, Rick Winderweedle and his wife, Paula of Hoschton, GA, and Mark Winderweedle of Columbus, GA; six grandchildren, Brad Jones, Ryan Winderweedle and his wife, Beth, Rachel Campbell and her husband, Mark, Erika Winderweedle, Mitch Winderweedle, and Joel Winderweedle. One great grandson, Ryder Winderweedle; one brother, Frank Winderweedle of Arlington, TX.

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