James "Jim" Winton, 75, of Piggott, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born September 16, 1933, in Piggott, and was the son of the late A.R. and Cornelia (Wheeler) Winton.
He was united in marriage to Lucy Gramling July 16, 1951, and to this union five children were born.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Winton, and one grandson, Christopher Winton.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy; three sons: Steve Winton and wife Kecia of Clearwater, Fla., Van Winton and wife Glenda of Piggott and Don Winton and wife Patty of Little Rock; two daughters: Judy Kibler and husband Frank of Kingsport, Tenn., and Vickie Brown and husband David of Piggott; 13 grandchildren: James Winton and wife Melissa of Keller, Texas, Thomas Winton of Phoenix, Ariz., Robert Winton and Erika Winton of Salt Lake City, Utah, Cory Ross and wife Martha of Branson, Mo., Brooke Pruitt and husband Matt of Jonesboro, Jeffrey Gold and Brett Smith of Kingsport, Tenn., Alexander Kibler of Blacksburg, Va., Drew Brown and Natalie Brown of Piggott and Patrick Winton and Aaron Winton of Little Rock; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Skylar and Taylor Winton of Keller, Texas, Collin and Cameron Ross of Branson, Mo., and Colton Gold of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sisters: Dortha (Winton) Cole of Maumelle, Ark., and Susan (Winton) Miller of Dickinson, Texas, along with many other relatives and friends.
He graduated from Piggott High School in 1950 and Draughons Business College in Memphis in 1952.
Jim was a retired Abstractor and Title Insurance Agent, having owned Clay County Abstract from 1962 until 2000. He entered into the business with his father, Ray Winton, and stayed active in the land title business until his death. He served in various leadership roles of the Arkansas Land Title Association, serving as president before he retired and having the distinction of being part of the only father and son to serve in that capacity. He also was selected as Arkansas Titleman of the Year.
Church and family were the love of Jim's life. He was very active in the First Baptist Church, serving in the role of Sunday School teacher and Trustee as well as in various other capacities throughout the years. He held the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the City Council and bookkeeper for the City of Piggott for 10 years. He was a member of the Piggott Jaycees and the Piggott Chamber of Commerce. Jim served 16 years in the Piggott National Guard, where he advanced to the rank of Captain. Golf was a favorite pastime.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 8, in the First Baptist Church in Piggott, with Greg Rainwater and Rob Welborn officiating. Burial was in the Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bo Brandon, Ron Benson, Guy Brinkley, Bill Crabtree, Raymond Dismukes, C.C. Edwards, James Engle and Gary Magee. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Ballard and the members of Jim's Sunday School Class.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.