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Ronald "Wayne Dang" Winkfield

August 6, 1945 ~ January 16, 2018 (age 72)

A homegoing celebration for Mr. Ronald “Wayne Dang” Winkfield of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 will be held Thursday, January 25th, 11:00 a.m. at Aikens Funeral Home, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Rev. James Leon Gallon officiating. The interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Ronald “Wayne Dang” Winkfield, age 72, was called to rest and entered through the gates of heaven on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Ronald was born on August 6, 1945 in Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County) and later relocated with his parents to Tampa, FL where he grew up in the Progress Village community. Ronald attended the public schools of Hillsborough County and was a proud graduate of the renowned Howard W. Blake High School, class of 1964. Soon after graduation, Ronald enlisted into the United States Army deployed to serve in the Vietnam War. He was recognized for several honors and medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device. In 1973, Ronald was awarded the Character of Service “Honorable Discharge” for his service to the United States of America. Ronald accepted the Lord early in life. Throughout his walk of Christian faith, he served as both Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher. He continued being a dedicated servant when unable to attend church by hosting church services in his front yard under the oak trees with his friends and family – “when two or more are gathered in my Name I will be in the midst.” Ronald further displayed his dedication as a servant of the Lord by caring for his elderly father Coleman Haggins, Sr. and later his younger brother Coleman “Bobo” Haggins, Jr. until the demise of each of them. Ronald had a passion for driving trucks and traveling the road, so he sought out a career with the Tampa Tribune where he held the position of driver until his retirement from that company after 15 years. He then proudly established Winkfield Transport, Inc. as Owner/Operator. He was also employed with Gray Truck Lines for a few years prior to retirement. Ronald’s greatest passion was fishing. He enjoyed catching, cleaning and most favorite, having an old-fashioned fish fry with all the trimmings! He had fishing down to a science. He calculated the moons, the tides, the direction of the winds, the seasons, the bait and lures, and night fishing vs. day fishing. Gifted in more ways than one, Ronald had the ability to bring laughter and light to any situation. Ronald’s love, spirituality, loyalty and entertaining ways, were admired among his family and friends. So much so, Ronald would deem each family member and friend with a “unique” nickname that was a special bond between only him and that person. Ronald was a giving man. You could not visit him without him not giving you something to leave with. It could have been something as simple as a calendar, but he had to give his friends, family and even strangers, something. Ronald was a loving father, devoted brother, loyal friend and neighbor. Preceding him in death are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Sr. and Helen Haggins; younger brother Coleman “Bobo” Haggins, Jr. and younger sister, Valerie Yvette Haggins. Ronald established many friendships and special bonds with various departments at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital throughout his care: Colleen Jakey, MD and surgical team; Michael Shafique and Oncology team; The Veterans Transportation Department (VTS) and drivers; Delta team and Esther Caba; Home health nurse Mirta Santiago; Hillsborough County Department of Aging (Cynthia Smith); Meals on Wheels of Tampa (Jan Castello).  Ronald leaves to cherish his memory and rejoice his life: loving daughters, Veroniya Winkfield (“One”) who was his devoted caretaker, Rhonda Faye Davis, Rosalyn Sheree Hardrick (Amos); and Yolanda Winkfield-Douse; loving grandson James Hardrick; devoted brother Alvin M. Haggins, Sr. and wife Yvonne; loving oldest sister Juanita Mongen, loving sister, Sylvia Prather-Banks; favorite cousins, Wilhemina Raspberry (Willie) of Atlanta, GA; Udella Spicer, Irma Huckaby both of Moultrie, GA, and Mary McLendon of Tallahassee, FL; loving nephews Alvin Haggins, Jr. (AJ)  and Alex Haggins; special friends Alvin “Dr. Rev. Deacon, Pastor, The Good Doctor” Richardson, Nathaniel Singletary, Eddie “Too Sweet” Williams, Santi and Marta Socorro, Maria Morffy of D & D Delights; and a host of loving friends and neighbors in the Progress Village community. Burial immediately after service at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell followed by the repast at 3:00 pm, Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 5706 N. 40th St, Tampa, FL. The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the chapel on Thursday for the service.

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