Rodney Earl Winchester, 69
Funeral services for Rodney Earl Winchester, 69, of Caulfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Winchester died Oct. 22 near Caulfield.
He was born Nov. 15, 1947, in West Plains, the son of Rodney C. and Pauline Watson Winchester. He attended West Plains High School, graduating in 1966. He married Edith Ann Eagleman.
Mr. Winchester was a veteran, having served with the Navy on the USS Hancock aircraft carrier from 1966 to 1970 during the Vietnam War. He worked for 20 years at Padgett Hardware, until the store’s closing; he then went to work for Webtrol Pump Service and retired in September 2016 after 19 years.
He enjoyed walking in the woods with his dogs, Winnie and Roxy, and he loved to hunt and fish with his brother-in-law, Tim. Mr. Winchester was a talented artist, working with charcoal pencil and paints; he painted a mural of a ship in the family home. His family had called him by his nickname, Tommy, all of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Winchester, of the family home; one daughter, Dusty; one son, Cody; two sisters, Carolyn Gerber and husband David and Glenda Hunter and husband, Ronald all of West Plains; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Darley Eagleman, Connie Eagleman and Tim and Charm Eagleman; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Goldie Eagleman.
Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Free Union Cemetery or to Paragould Children’s Home and may be left at the funeral home.
Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, directors.