Mr. Winfred Quarles, 76, of Saucier, Miss., died Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Mississippi Veterans Home following a long battle with lung disease.
He was born July 9, 1939, in Ellijay, to Bunyan Quarles and Mary Ruth Cook Quarles. He was married Sept. 24, 1961, to Jean Eaton, of Marietta.
He proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force. During and after his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he gave many years of service to his community and church, having served in various church positions, the Volunteer Fire Department, various school teaching positions, local political support positions and many coastal region outreach programs.
He is survived by wife, Jean Quarles; two sons, Shawn (Kelly) Quarles, of Canton, and Shad Quarles, of Douglasville; brother, Winston (Nancy) Quarles, of Blue Ridge; sister, Jeannie (Mike) Horton, of Murphy, N.C.; sister-in-law, Joyce (David) Van Dyke, of Dallas; five grandchildren; two nephews; two nieces; one aunt; one uncle; and many cousins.
He loved his community incredibly. He was a good steward and an exceptional mentor. He will be missed immensely. The family is comforted knowing that Winfred is now in God’s loving arms.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 115 Pleasant Grove Road, Ellijay.
A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with military honors rendered by the Unites States Air Force Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Winfred’s honor to the Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org.
Tributes can be made at www.riemannfamily.com.
Riemann Family Funeral Home in Gulfport, Miss., was in charge of arrangements.