Col. Calvin A. "Bear" Winter was born in Greenville, Alabama, on October 14, 1929, and went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on March 28, 2010. He was a son of the late George F. and Ruth Winter of Greenville, Alabama. He was preceded in death by a brother Edward Winter and a sister Sarah Nighswander. He was the loving father of Calvin A. "Sonny" Winter, Jr. (Martha) of Thomasville, GA, Vicki P. Sweeney (Herb) of Tallahassee, FL, Lynn W. McElroy (Mark) of Tallahassee, FL, Gregory S. Winter, DVM of Havana, FL, Cynthia K. Gorgoglione of St. Petersburg, FL, and the late Marjorie L. Howell of Crawfordville, FL. He was a loving grandfather to Chad R. Smith (Jamalynn), Audra D. Smith, Samantha J. Singh (Sean), Priscilla R. Howell, Carl J. Allen, Jamie E. Mordenti, Douglas R. Winter, Jessica M. Howell, Benjamin L. Winter, Alexys N. McElroy, Trevor W. McElroy, and is also survived by seven great grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, at Faith Funeral Home in Havana, FL. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville, GA. Graveside services with military honors will be at 4:30 p.m. (CST) at Magnolia Cemetery in Greenville, AL. Col. Winter earned undergraduate and master's degrees in Animal Husbandry from Auburn University where he was a letterman in football and baseball, a member of ROTC, and then went on to serve in the Korean War. He was a decorated Korean War veteran earning a prestigious Silver Star award. He retired from the Army Reserves as full Colonel and retired as Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. He was a business entrepreneur owning/operating two barbeque restaurants and catering services and the owner of Winter Angus Farm. He was a dedicated Florida State University athletic booster and Auburn University alumni and booster. He has served as a past president, past member of the board of directors, and past member of the Florida Angus Association for over 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officers Association, lifetime member of the American Angus Association, and American Legion. He volunteered countless hours of service for over 45 years helping 4-H and FFA members and their families of Florida and Georgia with livestock projects. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, FL, for over 40 years. He was a friend to many and a loyal supporter of the Lighthouse Children's Home of Tallahassee, FL. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Korean War Veterans Association, POBox 11578, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33339,, Lighthouse Children's Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309 or Angus Foundation c/o American Angus Assoc., 320 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506.
Honorary pallbearers will be Easy Company comrades of the 160th Infantry of Korean War Veterans.