James Wintersmith

James P. Wintersmith Jr.

Wednesday, November 25th, 1931 - Monday, February 4th, 2019
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James Payne Wintersmith was born November 25th, 1931, in St. Louis Missouri, to the late James P. Wintersmith Sr. and Shirley Boles. He was the first of two sons born to this union. James’ father rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department.

Jim graduated from Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948. Thereafter, he enrolled in Tuskegee Institute. Upon graduation from Tuskegee in 1953, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After serving a tour in Vietnam he retired in 1974, with the rank of Major. During his tour in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.

In 1956, Jim married the love of his life, Mildred Stewart. To this union two children were born, Ronald and Shirley. Jim and Mildred loved to take family trips and spend time with their friends they met while in the military.

After retiring, Jim went on to other careers. In management he was employed by AT&T and the City of Atlanta in the Department of Aviation.

He loved listening to jazz, playing racquetball and squash, gardening and fishing, and spending time with family. He was a long time member of Lutheran Church of the Atonement where he was active in the Men of Mission and was caretaker of the church property.

Jim touched many people with his generosity and his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Jim, as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, entered into eternal rest on February 4, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Mildred; two children, Ronald and Shirley; six grandchildren, Ronald Jr. Kristin, Kyle, Joya, Justin, and Olivia; five great-grandchildren; brother, Robert; and a host of friends and loved ones.

Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, February 11th, 2019, 12:00 pm, at Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 1875 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. Interment Lincoln Cemetery.

Public Viewing will be Sunday, February 10th, 2019, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, at Herschel Thornton Mortuary, 3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 10th, 2019 | 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 10th, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, February 11th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, February 11th, 2019 12:00pm
    Lutheran Church of the Atonement
    1875 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, February 11th, 2019 |
    Monday, February 11th, 2019
    Lincoln Cemetery
    2275 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
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Posted at 01:55pm
Unfortunately, We are all prisoners of death, there is no escape from it. But Jehovah God has the power to release us from death, he tells us so in the Bible at:(1Cor. 15:26)"And the last enemy death will be brought to nothing". This prophecy tells us that one day we will no longer have to worry about death and we will see our loved ones brought back to life in a new world! So hold onto this hope and seek Jehovah God and see his promises of everlasting life unfold before your eyes.....


Posted at 02:24pm
To James P Wintersmith, my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this most difficult time. (2 Corinthian 1:2-4).

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Posted at 10:52am

Emmanuel Hall

Posted at 07:46am
R.I.P my friend

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