John D. Wink Jr.
John D. “J.D.” Wink Jr. died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Southern Pines.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at First Baptist Church of Southern Pines, with the Rev. Dr. David M. Helms officiating.
He was born Sept. 13, 1926, in West Monroe, La., to John Dillard Wink and Ivye Pylant. His grandparents were early settlers in Ouachita Parish, commencing in 1850s.
After finishing high school in 1943, J.D. went to Louisiana Tech University for one year, before joining the Navy to fly. He was discharged two years later at the end of the war and re-entered Louisiana Tech, graduating in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He married Faye Banks Todd in Monroe, La., in 1952. After working for two years with the local electric company, he spent the rest of his career with a major company manufacturing pigments for the rubber industry, primarily tires. He was transferred to Milan, Italy, in 1959 for two and a half years, working as the project engineer to build a plant.
He was transferred to the New York office in 1963, where he was responsible for developing new international business opportunities. Manufacturing facilitates were established or proposed in Germany, Philippines, England, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, South Africa and Peru, and marketing companies were formed in Japan, Australia and Singapore.
He was transferred to Singapore in 1973 as director of Far East operations and later to Sao Paulo, Brazil, as managing director of a new joint venture, with a Japanese company. He was transferred back to Trenton, N.J. and subsequently to Tulsa, Okla., where he retired, in 1983. He worked as a consultant for several Japanese companies before moving to Pinehurst in 1993.
J.D. and Faye had a long happy marriage, as they moved around the world, making new friends. He was active in his church and civic organizations everywhere they lived. J.D.’s favorite hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
He loved his home, his wife, his sons, his grandchildren, his church and friends, golfing, cruising and traveling the world.
J.D. is survived by his wife, Faye; his sons, Jay and Sue Wink, of Greensboro, and Kevin and Terri Wink, of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren, Douglas, Randall, Todd and Kobie; his brother Julius and Loretta Wink, of West Monroe, La.; and their three children.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Southern Pines, 200 New York Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387; or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is serving the family.