Nelson L. James

Published 2:07 am Thursday, February 27, 2003

By Staff
Mr. Braxton Alexander "B.A." Wingate Jr., 81, of 104 N. Harding St., Bath, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at home.
A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service, Washington, with the Rev. Curtis White officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.
Larry Alligood, Reggie Edwards, Michael Shutak, Billy Wingate, Leon Wingate and Robert Wingate will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Wingate was born in Pitt County on June 30, 1921. He was the son of the late Braxton Alexander Wingate and Eva Gurganus Wingate. He was a graduate of Bath High School and attended DePaul University. He served in the Army during World War II in the 526th Signal Installation Company, achieving the rank of sergeant. On Feb. 13, 1947, he married Mary Edwards Wingate, who survives. He moved to Bath in 1987 from Grifton after his retirement as an engineering specialist with DuPont with 30 years of service. He was a member of Bath Christian Church, where he had served on the church board and was a former member of First Christian Church of Grifton, where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school superintendent.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph Alexander Wingate of LaGrange, Robert Timothy Wingate of Greensboro and Johnnie Edwards Wingate of Washington; two daughters, Lori Wingate Gorman of Raleigh and Maryellen Wingate Deans of Walstonburg; one sister, Margaret W. Wiebers of Winston-Salem; one brother, William Walter Wingate of Ayden; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Hal Wingate; and one sister, Faye W. Shutak.
The family joined friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Hillside Funeral Service, Washington.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Beverly Hospice, P.O. Box 1645, Greenville, NC 27835.