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Originally published: 2012-10-18 13:00:19
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William Ralph 'Bill' Winkler, Jr

Mr. William Ralph "Bill" Winkler, Jr., 83, of Winklers Creek Road, Boone, passed away at his residence. Born, July 28, 1929, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late William Ralph and Effie Vance Winkler. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boone and the founding member and sponsor of the Daniel Boone Fisherman Club. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a member of the American Legion. Bill was a car salesman for over 64 years and was currently working at Boone Ford Lincoln Mercury. He began his career in the automotive industry working at Winkler Motor Company. Bill loved his family, his work and his many friends in the community.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his children, William Ralph Winkler, III and wife, Rhonda, of Boone, Melinda Cook and husband, Sonny, of Huntersville, Deborah Cole and husband, Tyler, of Asheboro, Daniel Winkler and Karen Shook, of Blowing Rock, Amy Moore and husband, Butch, of Sugar Grove, and Holly Winkler and husband, Glenn Hubbard, of Greenville; 12 grandchildren, Ashley W. Price, William Ralph Winkler, IV, Jessica W. Hall, Jeffrey S. Cook, Karen C. McVickers, Shana R. Harris, Jaimee R. Gibbs, Jonathan K. Cole, David J. Cole, A. Morgan Winkler, Jennifer S. Coffey, and Joshua M. Moore; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Congleton of Barbourville, Ky., and Marbeth Fidler and husband, Carl, of Boone.
Funeral services for Mr. William Ralph "Bill" Winkler, Jr. will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church.  Officiated by the Rev. Roy Dobyns. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service for those attending, as well as those unable to attend. Graveside services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 375 West King Street, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Watauga Humane Society, P. O. Box 1835, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Winkler family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Winkler family.