Willie Vance “Pops” Wynn, 87, of Lake City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, March 24, 2020 at the Haven-Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center of Lake City after an extended illness. He was born in Baxley, Georgia on February 26, 1933 to the late Clarence F. Wynn (Beatrice) and Delter Robertson. He was raised in Lulu by his grandparents, Reppard & Ruth Johns. He also attended school in Lulu and the old central school in Lake City. He was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and was also a Gideon for many years. He was a Navy serviceman, who served in the Korean War and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal, The Commendation Ribbon and the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He served Columbia County and the City of Lake City for 31 years in the fire service, retiring in 1987 as the Chief. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved the Lord and his families, and was known as everyone’s Uncle, Brother, Friend and “Pops”. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Buddy Wynn, Billy Wynn and Tommy Wynn; and son-in-law, Harry Paul Lee, Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Wynn; son, W.V. “Billie” Wynn, Jr. (Mary); daughter, Linda Lee; brothers, Robert Robertson, Eugene Robertson, David Wynn and Mike Wynn; sisters, Inez Hood, Ann White, Seleta DeAngelis and Sara Schell. Two grandchildren; Harry Paul Lee, Jr. (Danielle) and Joshua Lee (Samantha) and four great-grandchildren, Kolbee Lee, Kamryn Lee, Mason Lee and Clara Lee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services for Vance will be conducted on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. in the Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Pastor Brian Mimbs officiating and Chief Frank Armijo speaking. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be considered to Haven-Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center, 6037 W US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055. CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing with the COVID-19 Pandemic are encouraged to be followed. For those that are unable to attend the services, a live stream can be found the day of the service by going to the Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery Facebook page.
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