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James L. Gwinn

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Date published: 4/3/2013

James L. Gwinn

James Lockridge Gwinn, 90, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Survivors include his daughter, Janet Cornell and husband Andrew Sr.; son James Lawrence Gwinn and wife Loretta of Dumfries; three grandchildren, Andrew B. Cornell Jr., Rebecca Lynn Cornell and Barbara Gwinn; and stepgranddaughter Beverly Furtick.

James grew up through the Great Depression. He was active in high school sports in Oak Hill, W.Va., and received several football scholarship offers. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a Seabee in the South Pacific in World War II, including New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, the Russell Islands, Guadalcanal and New Caledonia. His service awards included: Asiatic-Pacific Medal with two stars, American Area Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged at Camp Endicott, Davisville, R.I., on Dec. 10 1945.

After his discharge, he and his high school sweetheart, Edna Pauline Honaker, were married in Providence, R.I., and returned to Oak Hill, where they lived from 1945 to 2009. Working first as a mechanic, he progressed to service manager at both Steen-Miller and King Coal car dealerships. In Oak Hill, James and Edna raised their family, supported their community, belonged to the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and had a full and successful life.

They joined their daughter's household in March 2009. On May 11, 2010, Mr. Gwinn was preceded in death by his wife and companion of 65 years, Edna.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial followed in Quantico National Cemetery.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.