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In Memory of

Comer Wilson Stringer

October 25, 1931 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


COMER WILSON STRINGER , 85, was healed by Christ's stripes on November 23rd after
suffering complications from an extended illness. He was surrounded by the love of his family until he
stepped into Heaven.
Services will be held at Ridout's Brown-Service Funeral Home in Prattville on Sunday afternoon,
November 27th. The family will receive guests at 1:30 PM, and a Celebration of Life Service will begin at
3:00 PM. A short graveside service will immediately follow at Prattville Memory Gardens. Dr. William
Hardee of Griffin, GA will be officiating.
Loved ones meeting him at heaven's...

COMER WILSON STRINGER , 85, was healed by Christ's stripes on November 23rd after
suffering complications from an extended illness. He was surrounded by the love of his family until he
stepped into Heaven.
Services will be held at Ridout's Brown-Service Funeral Home in Prattville on Sunday afternoon,
November 27th. The family will receive guests at 1:30 PM, and a Celebration of Life Service will begin at
3:00 PM. A short graveside service will immediately follow at Prattville Memory Gardens. Dr. William
Hardee of Griffin, GA will be officiating.
Loved ones meeting him at heaven's gate were his parents, O'Neal and Ruby Mae Stringer,
parents by marriage Rufus and Annie Louise Welch, son by marriage Dennis McGee, brother and sisters by
marriage Felix and Cuba Welch, Laura Welch Jones, Carolyn Welch Bowen, and his beloved Papa, Robert
John Ashley Stringer, as well as a host of extended family members and beloved friends.
Left to carry on his legacy is his beloved Virginia "Ginny" Welch Stringer. They shared a young
love beginning at ages 15 and 13, and were blessed with 63 years of Christian marriage and a large, loving
family. Carrying on this love are daughters Sandra Burkhalter (Harry) of Griffin, GA, Debbie McGee of
Montgomery, AL (previously of Odenvill, AL), and Donna McLendon (Danny) of Wetumpka, AL;
grandchildren Brian (Lauryn) Burkhalter of Fayetteville, GA, Neal (Kathryn) Burkhalter of Columbia, SC,
Virginia "Jenna" Oakes (Brock) of Huntsville, AL, Tanner Lucky of Auburn, AL, and Mason, Meganne,
and Morgan McLendon of Autaugaville, AL. The blessings of such special family bonds continue to greatgrandchildren
Ansley, Braden, and Casen Burkhalter (Brian and Lauryn); Caroline, Helen, Allie, Evelyn,
and Lucy Neal Burkhalter (Neal and Kathryn). Also left to carry on his love are his brother and sister by
marriage Tommy and Gayle Welch Nelson of Prattville, AL, and numerous aunts, cousins, neices and
nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.Also left to carry on his love are his brothers and sister by marriage, Malcolm Jones of Autaugaville, AL, Marion Bowen of Prattville, AL, and Tommy and Gayle Welch Nelson of Prattville, AL, and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly."
Wilson was born on October 25th, 1931 in Crenshaw County, AL to O'Neal and Ruby Mae Brown
Stringer. He gave his life to the Lord at a young age, and served as a Youth Minister when he was in school.
After graduating from Highland Home High School in 1950, he joined the U.S. Air Force and faithfully
served his country in the Korean War. Upon his return from the war, he married his high school sweetheart,
Ginny Welch, on August 15, 1953. After being honorably discharged from the military, Wilson and Ginny
moved to Montgomery, Alabama to settle down and raise their family. He was a well-respected Technical
Support Engineer at IBM for over 35 years, and made several lifelong friends along the way.
When asked which one word encompasses and describes their beloved patriarch, there were many
answers, all equal in truth. He was strong. He upheld his family with his emotional, physical, and, most
importantly, spiritual strength. In the same way, he was gentle. His compassion and care for others,
especially his family, was a testimony to his servant's heart. He was patient, kind, and humble. He never
knew a stranger and would often go out of his way to see to the needs of others, a great display of how he
actively sought to be The Lord's hands and feet in this world. He showed such great kindness to everyone
with whom he came into contact. Many "adopted" family members were blessed to experience this first
hand. When Wilson Stringer loved, he loved deeply, whether you were of his blood or not. In a nutshell, as
his bride said, he was "perfect" for our family- everything we could have dreamed of having in a husband,
father, Papa, and Papa-Papa. His legacy will live on in the uncountable hearts that he touched during his
life's ministry. There is no doubt that this good and faithful servant is whole, healed, and rejoicing at the
feet of Jesus as you read this. To God be the glory!
Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons Harry Burkhalter, Danny McLendon, Brian Burkhalter,
Neal Burkhalter, Brock Oakes, and Tanner Lucky.
The family would like to thank the ICU, PCU, and ER nursing staff at Jackson Hospital for their
exceptional care and selfless love given to Wilson and to the family during his final days, as well as Bob
Wood of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church for the tender care of our family during this difficult
time. The family would also like to thank Bill and Jane Hardee for their love and sacrifice in helping us
honor our Patriarch in such a special way.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity or organization