Winans, Lionel LaMoure
March 3, 1926 - December 29, 2017
After a life of devotion to God, service to Country, and love and commitment to his family and friends, Lionel LaMoure (Lee) Winans passed away with his wife and family at his side on December 29, 2017. He was born March 3, 1926, in Brownsville, Texas, to LeRoy Boorn Winans and Helen Stilwell Winans. His grandparents, Hartwell G. Stilwell and Annabelle Poole Stilwell, were Rio Grande Valley pioneers.
Educated in Brownsville Public Schools, he was president of the National Honor Society and salutatorian of the graduating class of 1943.
In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy as a seaman during World War II, entered the United States Naval Academy later in the same year, and graduated in 1946 as a member of the USNA Class of 1947. He was commissioned in 1946, and served until 1949 when he transferred to the Naval Reserve. During that time he studied engineering at The University of Texas, receiving his degree in 1951, after which was employed by Brown & Root Engineering of Houston.
He married the love of his life, Carolyn Hunter of Brownsville, on July 7, 1951, and returned to active duty in the same year for service in the Korean War. During this tour of duty he was assigned to the amphibious forces, where he served until 1953, retiring as Lieutenant.
After leaving the naval service he returned to Brownsville and worked as an engineer in aluminum fabrication, mechanical contracting, and building construction. He formed his own engineering company in 1958 and designed and built Empacadora de Costa Rica in Baranca, Costa Rica. Upon returning to Brownsville he owned and operated a consulting engineering practice until retirement, during which time he was involved in the engineering and construction of many landmark buildings in Brownsville, Texas.
In 2009 he was recognized for outstanding service to the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer for over 50 years.
Generously giving of his time and talents to his community, he served on the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, The Greater Brownsville Commission, and The Brownsville Tax Board of Equalization, and was a member of numerous building code committees. He was a board member and former drive chairman of the Brownsville United Way Fund; a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Brownsville, where he was also a Paul Harris Fellow; and a board member of the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad.
He also served as a board member and past president of the Brownsville Society for Crippled Children (known now as The Moody Clinic). He served on the school board for the Episcopal Day School of Brownsville as president, as treasurer, and as a facility consultant. He was a vestryman for many years at the Church of the Advent, Brownsville, where he also served many times as Junior Warden and Senior Warden. It was the church where he was married, where all of his children were baptized and confirmed, and where his two daughters were married. After moving to the Dallas area in 2006, he joined Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Plano and continued his service there at the food pantry, assisting the Boy Scouts food drive, and building sets for the children’s Vacation Bible School.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Louise Winans; brothers Duncan Winans, LeRoy B. Winans, Jr., and Robert Reed Winans; and sister Margaret Christine Winans. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Carolyn; two daughters, Carolee Aderhold (Cullen) of Dallas and Nanette Power (John) of Texarkana; two sons, Chester Reed Winans (Kerry) of Fort Worth and David Hunter Winans (Stacy) of Richardson; a sister, Marjorie Beard of Sugarland; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Interment will be Thursday, January 4, 2017 at 10:15 AM at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (2000 Mountain Creek Parkway; Dallas 75211) followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church (2200 18th Street; Plano 75074)
Memorial donations may be made in his name to The Moody Clinic (1901 E 22nd St, Brownsville, TX 78521; www.moodyclinic.org) or The Episcopal Day School (34 N. Coria St.; Brownsville, TX 75820; www.episcopaldayschool.net )
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