Services for Joe Lee Winton, 81, of Ada, are 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Trinity Baptist Church, Dr. Rusty Fuller and the Rev. David Gray officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery. The family is receiving friends from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Winton died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 19, 1932, in St. Louis, Okla., to Wiley Eugene and Hazel Johnson Winton.
He graduated from Stonewall High School in 1950 and attended East Central University for two years. Mr. Winton served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 until being honorably discharged in 1955.
He was employed with Turner Ranch from 1957 until 1960 taking care of Hereford Show Cattle. He rode the train all over the United States caring for the cattle.
He married Phyllis Joe Auten May 28, 1959, in Fittstown. She died Dec. 3, 2011.
Mr. Winton accepted a job with the city of Ada Fire Department in September 1960. He retired in March 1993. After his retirement, he spent seven years as a volunteer for Platt National Park making sure the shorelines of the lake stayed clean.
Survivors include a son, Alan Kent Winton and his wife Cissy of Byng; a daughter, LeaAnn Pettigrew and her husband Dan of Ada; his grandchildren, Andi Joe Winton Saiz and husband Alex of Ada, Austin Pettigrew and Blake Pettigrew, both of Ada; two great-grandchildren, Embree Alena Saiz and Tegen Jase Saiz; a brother, Wiley Winton and his wife Carol; two sisters-in-law, Billie Barger and Beverly Auten, both of Tulsa; numerous nieces and nephews; and two special care-givers, Francis Thornton and Sherrill Walcott.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Bearers are Jake Todd, Jeb Todd, Rusty Hudson, Kenny Holland, Tony Feezel, James Henderson and Leslie Henderson. Honorary bearers are Fuzz Kennedy, James Abbott and all retired city of Ada firefighters.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to Trinity Baptist Church Youth Fund or the Legacy Fund, c/o Trinity Baptist Church, 520 E. Main, Ada, OK 74820.