James Glenn (Jim) Winter departed this life on January 7, 2023 at the age of 95. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, Florida at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13. A time of visitation for family and friends will precede the service at the church, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery on 39 th Avenue NW in Gainesville, Florida. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
Mr. Winter was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 24, 1927, and died peacefully in his home on Lake Santa Fe near Melrose, Florida, surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance and Ethel Winter, and his brothers William V. Winter and Joseph P. Winter. He is survived by his loving wife of over 70 years, Roberta Williams Winter, and by their three children, James Glenn Winter, Jr. (Vicki), Stephanie Gordon, and Teresa Pugh (Keith), ten grandchildren, and twenty-eight great
Throughout his life, Jim Winter loved and served God, family, country, and profession. He was a
dedicated Sunday School teacher and deacon in Southern Baptist churches. Jim was a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and the University of Florida. He retired as a Commander in the US Navy Reserve, having served on active duty during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis of 1961. After beginning his career as a civil engineer with Marion Engineering, he spent most of his working life with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Among his assignments with the Corps was as project engineer and engineering coordinator for ground and launch facilities on Cape Canaveral for the Saturn V and Apollo programs. Upon his transfer to Huntsville, Alabama, he was charged with supervising the design of antiballistic missile launch facilities and various Army construction projects around the world. During retirement, Jim enjoyed traveling with his wife, Roberta, and hosting his children and grandchildren at Santa Fe Lake.
Mr. Winter’s family would like to thank the Senior Healthcare Center at Melrose, Magnolia Ridge
Rehabilitation Center, and Haven Hospice for their skillful and compassionate care, as well as the
congregation of Trinity Baptist Church for their faithful spiritual support. Seldom has there lived a man more loved by his wife, more respected by his friends, or more treasured by his family. Because he knew his Creator, it is well with his soul. Jim’s desire that all people would have the opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ was reflected in the Christian service of his children and grandchildren in at least 27 countries around the world. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Condolences may be left in James G. Winter’s online guestbook.
Thankful I was able to briefly meet Daddy Jim. Although not in his prime , definitely a very sweet man!
I’ve heard some wonderful memories of what kindnesses and love he showed!
It sounds like he glistened for Jesus everywhere he went!
My deepest sympathies and love for the aching hole he leaves in the hearts of those who cherished him so much!
Celebrating his homecoming to be free from this body that didn’t seem to want to work as well as it used to. Praise God – He’s happy walking the streets of Glory now!!
All my love to the family!