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May 12, 2017

Procession honors town’s longest-tenured employee

A 38-year municipal employee, Richard “Ricky” Wines worked his way up from laborer to utilities superintendent.
The Town of Warrenton said farewell to its longest-tenured employee Friday afternoon.

His coworkers led a vehicle procession from the town shop to Moser Funeral Home for Richard “Rick” Wines’ memorial service. From there, they escorted Mr. Wines to his final resting place in the Jeffersonton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Warrenton’s Public Utilities Superintendent, Mr. Wines died suddenly Sunday night at 58. He collapsed after playing basketball at Jefferson Baptist, his church.

His seven member utilities crew led the procession, driving the trucks they use to maintain Warrenton’s sprawling water and sewer networks.

Leading a long column of town vehicles, Utilities Crew Supervisor James Pyne drove the Chevrolet Colorado pickup that Mr. Wines used on the job. The superintendent hired Mr. Pyne 13 years ago.

The Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. paid tribute to Mr. Wines with a huge flag flying from its tower truck as the funeral procession headed west from Warrenton in the rain Friday afternoon.

Mr. Wines started working for the town on March 26, 1979. He received the town “Employee of the Year” Award in 2016.

On Monday, his coworkers set up an impromptu memorial with the truck outside the town shop.

Photos by Cassandra Brown and Lawrence Emerson
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