Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones


Friday, February 12, 2021, Gerald Lane Winfree (72) of Richfield passed peacefully into his eternal home surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 10, 1948, Gerald was the 5th of 6 children born to Robert and Alta Rae Winfree. After graduating from West Stanly High School, he married his sweetheart, enlisted in the United States Navy, and served honorably in the Vietnam War. His return home brought a 30 year career at ALCOA, from which he would retire.

Mr. Winfree was a beloved member of New Bethel Lutheran Church, serving in numerous roles for more than 50 years. A true servant leader, he was happiest when he was helping others and spending time with his family.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dianne Ridenhour Winfree. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Hayley Winfree Franklin (Michael) of Richfield and Emily Winfree Smith (Jarrett) of Norwood; his grandchildren, Kasey (Andria), Tayler, Samuel, Lane, Grayson, and Jolie; his brothers Bob (Vickie) and Michael (June); and his sisters Glenda Wages (Joe) and Barbara Floyd.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Winfree.

The visitation will be held at Stanly Funeral Home in Albemarle on Monday, February 15, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The funeral service will take place at New Bethel Lutheran Church in Richfield on Tuesday, February 16 at 2:00pm.


  • Larry Huneycutt Posted February 14, 2021 1:37 pm

    Gerald was a good man,servant to God, country and community. He was active in the VFW and will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.

  • Rick Baker Posted February 14, 2021 4:53 pm

    Though I ‘ve only known Gerald for a short time, I enjoyed his kindness, friendliness and our time on the golf course

  • Sue and Howard isenhour Posted February 14, 2021 7:49 pm

    Diane , you and your girls are in our thoughts and prayers! May God comfort you in your sorrow

  • Rebecca/David Isenhour Posted February 15, 2021 11:01 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the Winfree Family. Gerald always had a smile and “hello” to all he met. He will be missed. Bless you all, we send our love.

  • Jennifer Isaman Posted February 15, 2021 11:02 am

    I will never forget Gerald’s huge smile and fun spirit. He could always light up a room and make everyone laugh. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone. Diane, I am praying for comfort and peace for the Winfree family.

  • Lois Cantrell Posted February 15, 2021 4:24 pm

    Dianne my prayers and Love is with you and your family

  • Debra Hudson Posted February 15, 2021 5:48 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Gerald but want to send my love to Bob and the entire family. Have been praying for all of you!

  • Wayne Clark Posted February 16, 2021 9:01 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Dianne. Call me if I can be of a help at anytime. I love you.

  • Tammy Smith Sasser Posted February 16, 2021 10:50 am

    So sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with everyone in the family! Love you Diane!

  • Ellen Thompson Clapp Posted February 17, 2021 4:34 pm

    Im so sorry Diana . God bless the family .

  • Harold Edwards Posted February 18, 2021 12:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about Gerald’s passing. Gerald was a good high school friend and one if not the best athlete ever at West Stanly. I always along with others would comment, if you could not get along with Gerald you could not get along with anyone. He will be missed.

  • Susan Stroud Posted February 19, 2021 8:50 am

    Emily we are so saddened to hear of the loss of your father You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers Love and prayers and Gods comfort to each of you Love Mima

  • Elaine Eudy Posted February 19, 2021 11:13 pm

    Diane I’m so sorry to hear about Gearld. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time

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