Charles Ray Wingrove
Charles Ray Wingrove, Ph.D. ’64, born in 1937 in Stafford County, Va., to Floyd Ray and Mary H. Wingrove. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane; and his son, Benjamin (Flynt); three adored grandsons, Ben, Johnny Ray and Bolan; his brother, Bill and sister-in-law, Linda; his nieces, Kimberly Allen, Sherry Ousey, Tracy Smoller; nephews, Jeffrey Wingrove and Steven Smoller. Ray attended Bluefield College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he adored Carolina Blue! Ray taught at the University of Georgia from 1964 to 1971 and the University of Richmond from 1971 until his retirement in 2002 as a Professor Emeritus. Most of his career was devoted to Gerontology and he served on many boards in the city, including the Capitol Area Agency on Aging. Just prior to his retirement, he co-authored with Dr. Kate Slevin, “Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones.” As an educator, he received many accolades but those received as a friend and mentor were equally important to him. He kept in touch with so many of his students over the years, sharing in their weddings, children’s births and lives. Ray was warm, loving, compassionate, generous and genuinely funny. He was a man for all seasons and a friend to all ages. Ray established a scholarship program at Bluefield College for Teacher’s Education. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the C. Ray and Jane Wingrove Endowed Scholarship at Bluefield College, 3000 College Dr., Bluefield, Va. 24605.