George Wesley Wynn, 72, of Lexington, N.C., died Aug. 2, 2013, at home following an eight-month illness. A service of Celebration will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, N.C. Rev. Lee Zehmer, Rev. Rob Evans and Rev. Tommy Wilson will officiate.
Friends will be received following the service in the fellowship hall.
He was born in Amarillo on March 25, 1941, to John Gilbert 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 and was educated in a one-room school house until the third 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 Ph.D. 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, Va. 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, Va. In 2010, he and Jeri moved to Lexington, N.C., 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, N.C.; Shelly Bishop and husband Christian and granddaughter Bailey of Taylors, S.C.; Paige Staples and husband Charlie and grandchildren Mac and Wynn of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and Brooke Zehmer and husband Lee and granddaughters Madison, Kinsley, and Mollie of Lexington, N.C.
Memorial gifts may be made to Kiwanis Kiddie Kamp, P.O. Box 1951, Lexington, N.C. 27293.
Davidson Funeral Home of Lexington, N.C., (336-248-2311) is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net