Claude Allen Al Wimberly,II, 72, of Havana went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The family will receive friends from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013 at Faith Funeral Home in Havana. The funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Concordia Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Young and Reverend Howard Adams officiating. A private interment with military honors will follow the service. Faith Funeral Home in Havana is handling arrangements (www.faithfuneralhome.com or 850.539.4300).
Al was born on July 28, 1940, in Memphis, Tennessee to Dorothy McNeil and Claude Allen Wimberly but grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a disc jockey during high school and then joined the Army. After serving honorably in the military, Al began a career in Television Broadcasting, where he worked for WESH TV in Daytona Beach. In the early 70's he moved to FSU to help establish an Educational Television Network. Al was later encouraged to learn about computers and began his own business where he developed a program for law enforcement with computer aided dispatch which has been used nationally. Havana Police Department was the first to use his CODE Three software. He continued in computer programming and software development until his death.
Al along with his wife, Bonnie, became involved in the breeding of Arabian horses and Rottweiler dogs. He developed a computer research program to define the pedigrees of horses and dogs. He was active in wild animal rescue. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Florida State University. He was an avid reader, especially of contemporary history and politics.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bonnie Coleman Wimberly of Havana; a son, Clifford Paul Hester of Jacksonville; a daughter, Valerie Batt of Tupelo, MS; a brother, Andrew Wimberly (Christy) of Jackson, MS; two sisters-in-laws, Jane C. Cluck (Terry) of Ada, OK and Marietta Coleman of California; a brother-in-law, James S. Coleman (Esther) of England; a bother in Christ, Dock McGriff (Priscilla) of Havana and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.