A local farmer, World War II veteran and community leader passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-three.  Mr. Grady Winters was a well-known figure in Chattooga County and had served the community in a variety of capacities over the past seven decades.

Mr. Winters was born in Gore and after serving in the United States Army during World War II, lived in the Oak Hill area for the rest of his life.  He was a lifelong cattle farmer and also worked in local textile mills in Chattooga County.

Mr. Winters had served on the Lyerly School Board from 1953 to 1960.  He was also the last surviving member of the original Chattooga County Fair Association.  Mr. Winters was a supporter of agriculture in Chattooga County  and encouraged the reformation of the County Fair, attending the fair each year since its reinstatement.

He was the oldest living member of Oak Hill Methodist Church where he served in a variety of capacities over the years.

Mr. Winters was the father of local businessman Ronnie Winters, who formerly owned and operated Bankston Tire and Oil, and was the grandfather of Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters.

WZQZ-AM 1180 staff and management expresses our condolences to the Winters family.  Mr. Grady will be missed.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Mason Funeral Home in Summerville.

See announcement from Mason Funeral Home here.