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Otis Winslette

Otis C. Winslette, 61, Topeka, died Monday, November 11, 2013 at his residence.

    He was born July 18, 1952, in Milledgeville, Ga., to Otis R. Jr. and Eunice K. “June” (Miller) Winslette.

    Moving from Eatonton, Ga., to LaGrange County in 1995 when he was transferred to the area with Lippert Components in Goshen, he was the general manager.  Before moving to LaGrange County, he worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections and Baldwin County, Ga., and Putnam County, Ga., sheriff’s departments. He owned and operated Winslette’s County Inn in Topeka from 1997-2003 and worked at the LaGrange County Jail and as a reserve officer with Shipshewana and Topeka Police departments. He also served for many years and retired from the Topeka Volunteer Fire Department. He was a certified firearms instructor, ILEA instructor, STOPS instructor and had been a hostage negotiator.  He was a member of Marshall Memorial Baptist Church in Eatonton, Ga.

    He was married June 4, 1977, in Hillsboro, Ga., to Kay Morgan. She survives.

    Also surviving is one daughter, Kara Garrett, Topeka; one son, David Winslette, Charleston, S.C.; and three grandchildren, Miles and Makayla Mast and Vivian Winslette.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David R. Winslette.

    Local funeral services were held Thursday, November 14, at Eden Worship Center in Topeka with Pastor Harold Gingerich and Pastor Matt Gingerich officiating.

    Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Friday, November 29, at Williams Funeral Home in Eatonton, Ga. 

    Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday, November 29, in Pine Grove Cemetery, Eatonton, Ga.

    Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral home.com.

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange was in charge of local arrangements.