TOPEKA — Otis C. Winslette, 61, died Monday at his home after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Winslette was born July 18, 1952 in Milledgeville, Ga., to Otis R. Winslette Jr. and Eunice K. “June” (Miller) Winslette.
In 1995, Otis moved to LaGrange County from Eatonton, Ga., when he was transferred to the area with Lippert Components in Goshen to serve as the general manager. Before moving to LaGrange County, he had worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Baldwin County and Putnam County Georgia Sheriff’s Departments.
He owned and operated Winslette’s County Inn in Topeka from 1997 to 2003. He worked at the LaGrange County jail and as a reserve officer for the Shipshewana and Topeka Police Departments. He also served for many years and retired from the Topeka Volunteer Fire Department.
Otis 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.
On June 4, 1977, he married Kay Morgan in Hillsboro, Ga. Mrs. Winslette survives in Topeka.
He is also survived by daughter, Kara Garrett of Topeka; a 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 his brother, David R. Winslette,
There will be a time of visitation Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at 3 p.m. at Eden Worship Center, 4095 S. 900 West, Topeka. Pastors Harold Gingerich and Matt Gingerich will officiate.
There will be one hour of calling at Williams Funeral Home, 306 N. Jefferson, Eatonton, Ga., prior to the 3 p.m. graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eatonton, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com.