Jesse Clayton Wine

Jesse Clayton Wine, age 100, of 211 Fairground Road, Woodstock died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Wine was born at Forestville on July 2, 1915, son of the late Jacob David Wine and Kitty Sipe Huffman Wine.

He was a member of the Woodstock United Methodist Church where he was a treasurer for fifteen years.  For 70 years he was member of a Masonic Lodge including Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 103, Shenandoah Royal Arch Chapter #17 Edinburg, Alexandria Scottish Rite 32°, Acca Temple Shrine in Richmond, Blue Ridge Shrine Club, and the Shenandoah Valley Scottish Rite Club.

Mr. Wine worked for the army during World War II at Fort Belvoir as manager of the tailor shop and drycleaners.  He entered the insurance business in 1945 and worked in Alexandria, Winchester, Mt. Jackson, and Woodstock, where he retired in 1975 from Interstate Life and Accident Insurance Co. after 30 years of service.  In 1966 he became a charter member of Woodstock Rescue Squad, where he drove an ambulance for 10 years and served as treasurer for 16 years.

He had a vineyard and was a professional grape pruner going to as many as 60 places per year from Harrisonburg to Winchester.  He was also a cane maker and since 1932 has handcrafted more than 1500 dogwood canes, which he has shared with his many friends and handicapped persons.

On September 4, 1943 in Washington, D.C. he married the former Naomi Zirkle, daughter of Joseph H. Zirkle and Mary Hupp Zirkle of New Market.  She survives along with a daughter, Mary Sue France and husband David of Fairfax; one grandson Brian France of Miami; one granddaughter Dr. Michelle Rose and husband Dr. Brian Rose of St. Paul, Minnesota; two great grandchildren Jacob Clayton Rose and Danica Ann Rose also of St. Paul.  Four brothers Rev. J. Floyd Wine of Winchester, Rev. Galen D. Wine, Isaac J. Wine, and Ira M. Wine and one sister Mary Wine Lanier predecease him.

A memorial service will be held at the Woodstock United Methodist Church on Friday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Robert N. Hoskins, Jr.  A private burial with the family will precede the memorial service.  Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with a Masonic service immediately following at 7:00 p.m. conducted by Mt. Jackson Lodge No. 103 and Cassia Lodge No. 142.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rich Cooley Sr., Rich Cooley Jr., John Richman Jr., Frank Richman, Joe Lambert, Doug Veach, Wayne Kipps, Bill Decker, Steve Larrabee and Larry Green.

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7 Condolences to Jesse Clayton Wine

  1. Lois Wine says:

    Dear Mary Sue and Aunt Naomi,
    So glad we saw you all in July when Sarah was here. Uncle Jesse truly lived a long life. I hope to see you at the funeral. Don’t know if I will get there for Thurs. or Fri. Aunt Naomi, I will surely miss stopping by to see him and his scrapbooks as we have for the last many years. But I will see you unless you make other living arrangements. Love you. Lois

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you, Lois. Mom & Dad always appreciated your visits. It was great seeing you and Sarah in July.

  2. Rebecca Wine Marquez says:

    I’m happy I saw my Uncle Jesse just last month in Winchester. I have memories as a child
    of visiting his home, seeing his coin collections and admiring the many and varied canes and
    walking sticks he crafted. What an achievement to live for an entire century. My condolences to the family.
    I wish you peace and comfort, and regret I’ll be unable to make it to his memorial.

    • Anonymous says:

      Becky, it was so nice to see you and Gail just 4 weeks ago at Uncle Floyd’s service. Thank you for your condolences.

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  5. Ruth Reedy says:

    I met Jesse & Naomi 20+ years ago and enjoyed visits to their home sharing our interest in genealogy & his knowledge of the history of Shenandoah County. I especially enjoyed seeing his wonderful canes, walking sticks, and shepherd’s hooks. I think of him everyday as I see my collection of his craft in my home. I remember one visit when he took Naomi & I to lunch at the Ben Franklin and then drove us around Woodstock pointing out places of interest. He was 90. Jesse was a fine man of faith and I feel blessed to have known him. My sincere condolences to Naomi & the family.