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Chandler Wingfield, Jr.

From an Army Lieutenant in World War II to a successful business man; to a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Chandler R. Wingfield, Jr. was a man of integrity and strength to all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. Chandler Reaves Wingfield, Jr. passed away February 1, 2005 due to complications from pneumonia. Born in Athens, GA on July 14, 1923, he grew up in Avon Park, FL with his parents Chandler R. Wingfield, Sr., and Carolyn Davis Wingfield. Upon joining the Army Air Force in World War II, Chandler became a Lieutenant serving as a bomber pilot flying B-17's and B-24's. After honorably serving the country he loved, he attended Georgia Tech, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Industrial Management. In 1948, he married the love of his life Martha Emilie Cole, of Atlanta. Believing in the “American Dream” Chandler began his own business in 1961. He saw the future in the Fountain Beverage Industry and went on not only to be a leader in the industry but an inspiration to others to do the same. In 1963, he incorporated his own business known as The Chandler R. Wingfield Company, a prominent part of the Fountain Beverage Industry in the Southeast for over 36 years. Although he devoted much time to his business, Chandler also found time to enjoy fishing, golfing and scuba diving. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons. As a loyal alumnus of Georgia Tech he loved attending their football games. He was very active in his community and was a Co-founder of the Georgia Dome. For over 56 years he devoted his Christian walk as a member and leader of Highlands Presbyterian Church, ultimately becoming an Elder Emeritus. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 & 1/2 years Emilie Cole Wingfield; daughters, Carol W. Merck, Janet E. Wingfield, Marian J. Wingfield, and Lynne W. Miles; grandsons, David Chandler Merck, Christopher David McCoy, and John Chandler (Chad) Miles; granddaughters, Sandra Emilie Merck, Emilie Lynne Miles, Michelle Pauline Miles; sons in law, Ralph E. Merck and J. Mike Miles; and his brother William D. Wingfield of Salem, VA., and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 830 Grayson Parkway SW, Grayson, GA on February 5, 2005 at 11:00 am. Paster Mark Hornby will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Wages Snellville Chapel, 3705 Highway 78, Snellville GA on Friday, February 4th from 7 to 9 pm. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph's Hospital, members of the Highlands Presbyterian Church and their friends. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highlands Presbyterian Church or Bonclarken Assembly, Flat Rock, NC. Arrangements by Tom Wages Funeral Service. (770)979-3200.