Jack Wingate dies
Published 3:42 pm Thursday, December 8, 2011
Jack Wingate, who made Lake Seminole a popular destination for bass fishing, passed away Thursday afternoon, according to Ivey Funeral Home. He was 82 years old.
Wingate passed away at about 2 p.m. Thursday at his home in the Faceville community, according to the current proprietors of Wingate’s Lodge, which he owned for several decades and made famous as Decatur County’s gateway to Lake Seminole.
Jack and his wife, Joyce, recently celebrated their 59th anniversary on Nov. 30.
Georgia State Route 97 South from Bainbridge to the Georgia-Florida border was officially designated as Jack Wingate Highway in 2006. Wingate’s fishing and outdoors column, written in his own colloquial style, appeared in The Post-Searchlight for many years, until he became too ill to write earlier this year.
Please see also:
- A 2004 profile of Jack Wingate written by The Post-Searchlight’s Carolyn Iamon
- Highway named after Wingate (May 2006)
- Jack Wingate on Lake Seminole fishing (February 2005)
- Wingate details how he started his lodge (ultimate-bass.com)
- How Ray Scott’s Phone Call To Jack Wingate Changed Fishing Forever (By Drew Hall for Georgia Outdoor News)