Jimmy Lee Van Winkle passed away at his home in Shiloh on January 27, 2021 at the age of 81. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church with Frank Pruitt Rev. Shane Norcross officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery with Rev. James Hooper officiating. James Trantham, Robert Murphy, Bill Garner, Zack Van Winkle, Laramie Willis, Fred Samford, James Smalley, and Jason Lane will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Lummus, Charlie Morris, John Pevehouse, Cecil Sandifer, J. T. Vickery, and L. V. Cooper will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.
Jimmy was born on August 27, 1939 in Groesbeck, Texas to J. R. and Eather Cooley Van Winkle. He has been a lifelong resident of the place he loved and called home, Shiloh, Texas. Jimmy served on the Shiloh Cemetery Association for many years. Prior to working for the Shiloh Water Supply for 31 years and owning and operating Van Winkle Sand and Gravel, he was a mail route carrier for the USPO for 12 years and an employee of Brown Oil and Gas. Jimmy also had a Bicycle Shop in Mexia in his early years.
Jimmy was a family man, a Christian, a true friend to many, and he treated people the way he wanted to be treated – with respect. He loved his family and they always knew they could count on him when there was a need. He was really crazy about his grandchildren and great grandchildren, a feeling that was certainly mutual. Jimmy was the kind of man that was willing to help most anyone. He grew up in the Shiloh Baptist Church and was a member for many years. In 1964, he became an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia where he taught the boys Sunday school class.
Jimmy was a hard worker and involved in many things, but he found a little time to tinker with something else, tractors. He enjoyed buying old tractors, fixing them up and selling them. He also enjoyed visiting with people at any time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. R. and Eather Van Winkle; his wife, Sharlett Van Winkle; and brothers, Leland and Curtis Van Winkle.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Vee Van Winkle of Shiloh; children, Micky Van Winkle and wife, Dayde and Ricky Van Winkle and wife, Barbara all of Pt. Enterprise, Randy Van Winkle of Waco and Shelli Van Winkle of Hilltop Lakes; step-children, Tammy Moss and husband, Boone of Glen Rose and Trischelle Van Winkle of Mart; grandchildren, Zack Van Winkle and Marcelina of Dawson, Casey Willis and Laramie of Marquez, Madison Van Winkle and Victor Luna of Mexia, William, Ashton and Charlie Moss of Glen Rose; and great grandchildren, Rhiannon, Danava, Tamaryn, and Indigo Van Winkle, Weston and Colt Willis and Julian Luna.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney, Mexia, TX 76667 or Shiloh Community Center, 231 LCR 433, Mexia, TX 76667.
Family and friends are invited to join the family for lunch at the Shiloh Community Center at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.