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Originally published: 2013-06-11 08:45:04
Last modified: 2013-06-11 08:45:48

George H. Winebarger

George H. Winebarger, 87, of 1767 Burkett Road, Boone, passed away Sunday morning, June 9, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Mr. Winebarger was born October 6, 1925, in Watauga County, a son of the late William and Maudie Proffitt Winebarger. He was a retired supervisor for TRW/IRC for over 25 years, and served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Winebarger was a member of Bethany Lutheran church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, the Church Council Group, and an active member of the men's group. He was also treasurer of the Bethany Cemeteries Fund. Always involved with his community, Mr. Winebarger was a founding member of Meat Camp Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Winebarger is survived by his daughter, Karen W. Critcher and husband, Phil, of Boone; two sons, Ben G. Winebarger and wife, Madelyn, and Joe P. Winebarger and wife, Sue, all of Boone; three granddaughters, Mary Ruth Hollifield and husband, Kenny, of Marion, Nancy Critcher-White and husband, Andy, of Asheville, and Sara Norris and husband, Garrett, of Deep Gap; five grandsons, Derek Winebarger and wife, Danielle, of Savage, Minn., Tim Critcher of Boone, James Winebarger of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Nathan Winebarger and Neal Winebarger, both of Boone; three great-granddaughters, Claire Hollifield, Stella Winebarger, and Hannah Critcher; five great-grandsons, Wil Critcher, Robert Critcher, Benjamin Critcher, Trenten Winebarger, and Avery Hollifield; three sisters, Margaret Miller and Martha Lookabill, both of Boone, and Lola Bowles and husband, Burl, of Lexington; and his special friends, Carrie Zowadski, Helen Zowadski, Tammy Hampton, and Braden Hampton. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Lookabill Winebarger; seven brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services for George H. Winebarger will be conducted 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Bethany Lutheran Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor John Bollinger, Pastor Laura Weant, and Vicar Daniel Clark. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Old Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1030 Big Hill Road, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Winebarger family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.