William J. Vinson Jr., 83

AUG. 18, 1928-MAY 25, 2012

May 26, 2012
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William “Bill” Jennings Vinson Jr., 83, of Hagerstown died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Aug. 18, 1928, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Jennings Vinson Sr. and Idella Worthington Vinson. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Barbara Johnson Vinson. He also was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Shirley K. Kendall.

He attended Hagerstown High School. 

He was a senior vehicle operator in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving at Spokane Air Force Base in Bong, Wash. He was assigned with the 92nd Air Base Group.

Bill was well-known in the construction industry and was capable of building anything. He worked for Keilholtz Trucking, Cronise Trucking, Central Chemical, Rudd Carriers of Falling Waters, W.Va., Frank Corsi Produce and Baer Brothers Trucking for many years. He also worked for Blake Construction and was part of the team that helped to build Halfway Manor, Walnut Towers and the FBI building in Washington, D.C. He was very talented with mechanics as well, always fixing something and never refusing to lend a helping hand.

He was of the Christian faith.

He was a lifetime member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211, Korean War Last Man’s Club of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 in Hagerstown and AFL-CIO Contractors Union.

Bill grew up in the West End of Hagerstown. He was called “Wild Bill” by many family members and friends because he never backed down from a fight.

He is survived by one daughter, Julie A. Vinson of Hagerstown; six sons, Rick Vinson, Terry L. Vinson and wife, Debbie, of Hagerstown, Howard “Willie” Vinson and wife, Belinda, of Williamsport, John A. Vinson and wife, Kathy, of Lovettsville, Va., William “Butch” Jennings Vinson III of Chambersburg, Pa., and Larry Holman of Polson, Mont.; two sisters, Judy Peck and Mary Smith, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Robert “Bob” Vinson of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren, John W. Vinson, Ronald A. Vinson, Angela Vinson, John Bradley Vinson, Tiffany Vinson, Brittney Vinson, Dawn Vinson and Robbie Vinson; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Catherine Tredinnick, and her daughter, Kaitlin.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Vinson and Betty Vinson.

There will be no viewing.

A gathering of friends will be Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740

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