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Life will never be the same without Wink. He brought so much joy to all those who knew him. He was the best cousin ever! When Jim passed, he was the first person to call me…always so thoughtful and thinking of others. I will miss him dearly.
Jan and family, I just heard of Winks passing. What a loss to all those who knew him and loved him. He always wore a huge smile. He loved his family sooo much. May God give you strength and comfort now and in the future..
I was shocked & sadden to hear about Wink. He always made everyone laugh & was instantly your friend. I will miss his sense of humor and those big bear hugs.
So sorry to hear about my high school friend’s passing. I remember don as good fun loving friend. Rest In Peace Wink. 😪🙏🙏🏈
My Uncle Wink was a true one of a kind. He loved family above all else and he was instantly your friend. Always generous, always laughing and teasing, I will miss you so much. I love you, Wink
I am so sorry for your great loss! I only had the pleasure of meeting King Pop briefly once, but his gentleness and sincere smile were apparent immediately. His true goodness was so obvious to my 5year old son, that he leapt into his arms for an warm hug despite never having met him before. Kids just seem to know the good ones! I’m praying for your family. Thank you, Leslie, for giving me the opportunity to meet your Dad. Love you so much!
So thankful I got to call him dad. A wonderful father, and an even better “King Pop”. We are blessed beyond measure because of Wink.
Bonnie and Jim Allen
We will never forget Wink’s good nature and large, fun loving personality. His kindness and thoughtfulness was unmatched. We are blessed to have shared wonderful grandchildren with him. You will never be forgotten.
Lane Lewis McCormack
Sad to hear this news! I well remember as a child the biggest smiles and laughter from Wink. I miss our family reunions! My deepest sympathies!
Curtis Jordan, Travis Jordan and family
There is no way to define or explain Wink. He was and will always be my Brother from a different mother. The great times we had and the laughter we shared during the 55 years of our brotherhood can never be matched. Simply not enough space to define the joyful life you brought all of us. We love you Wink.
Mr. Winkler was the kindest, gentlest giant I have ever known. I never saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. I am blessed to have known him. His love for his family is evident in the way they love others. My prayers and sympathies are with them. God bless.
Nina & Dave Rodenroth
Wink had been our neighbor and friend for more than 20-years. His friendship meant the world to us. Our warmest condolences to his beautiful Jan and their amazing family. He truly was a ‘one-of-a-kind’ man. We will truly miss our “Gumba” Wink.
What a tremendous hole in our hearts that can't be filled. Wink was one of the finest men I've ever known. Safe journey, brother in law.
Donald Sams Winkler, "Wink", "King Pop"
Donald Sams Winkler Jr., “Wink”, “King Pop”, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Wink was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 4, 1953, to the late Donald S. Winkler and Ruth McLanahan. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1971. After graduating, Wink worked for Crowley Maritime for 32 years as a longshoreman. During this time, Wink lived in Jacksonville, Florida where he married the love of his life, Jan, and raised their children.
Wink loved fishing and making those around him laugh and feel loved. He was a dedicated individual who loved passionately! He will always be remembered as one who was immensely kind, generous, and gentle at all times. He was larger than life to all who knew him!
Wink is survived by his wife, Jan, of 39 ½ years and their children, Leslie Anderson and her husband Daren of St. Augustine, FL, Brad Akers and his wife Linda of Yulee, FL, and Misty Allen and her husband Brian of Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by seven grandchildren Tori, Aly, Wesley, Reid, Jeb, Reagan, Julia, and one great-grandchild, Parker. Wink is also survived by one sister, Renee Pyle and her husband Mike of Missouri. He is preceded in death by his sister, Faye Jordan.
Funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Monday, July 18, 2022, at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until the hour of the service at Oxley-Heard.
Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.