Paul L. Wingo Jr., 78, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022. He was born on April 21, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the late Paul L. and Mable Wingo, Sr. He was the only brother of the late Alma Ruth (Herndon) Wingo and Charlotte Ann Thomas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Linda (Wooddell) Wingo; two sons, Lt. Colonel USMC/USAF (Ret.) Carl “Todd” Wingo, of El Reno, Oklahoma and Lebron Wingo, of Ooltewah, Tennessee.; two daughters-in-law, Kelly (McGibony) Wingo and Stacey (Harmon) Wingo; two granddaughters, Hannah and Sage Wingo; grandson, Garrett; nieces Paula English and Karen Thomas; nephew Joe B. Thomas and special sister-in-law, Sharon Miller of Phillipi, West Virginia.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Harrison from 4 – 6 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastors Ronnie Dotson and Andy Bell officiating. Paul will be laid to rest in Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. with Military Honors. Honorary pallbearers will be all retired and active employees of Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads from all crafts. Active pallbearers will be Todd, Lebron, Garrett, Rick Skidmore, John Steel and John Moss.
Paul worked for Norfolk Southern for over 40 years as an Engineer, serving as a Union Officer for 37 years and retired as a BLE&T National Vice-President. In that capacity, he advised countless workers about their disability and insurance problems, and represented hundreds of railroad employees faced with disciplinary charges.
Paul worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad for over 40 years as a Locomotive Engineer, serving in several elected positions as a Union Officer for 37 years. He retired as BLE&T National Vice-President with assignments at both Norfolk Southern and several Short Line Railroads in both the mid-west and the northeast where he assisted General Chairmen in negotiating working agreements and the first short term disability agreement at Norfolk Southern for the BLE&T. During those 37 years he represented hundreds of employees faced with disciplinary charges. Because of his passion to help railroad employees and their families in times of need when disabilities found them unable to work and support their families, Paul began to make valuable contacts with both the Railroad Retirement Board and the Health Care Providers administering the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Agreement. As a result, he acquired an invaluable knowledge of how to connect the railroad retirement benefits under the law with the insurance benefits under the union contract into one conversation in order to counsel on the best solution for any situation a railroad worker faces when illness or injury strikes.
During his time at Steel & Moss Law Firm, Paul continued to help guide railroad workers with disability and benefits issues. His expertise in disability appeals, both in the reconsideration process and at RRB Disability Hearings, resulted in many railroad employees obtaining the benefits they deserved but were initially denied. Many Local Chairmen called upon Paul to assist their members with benefits issues and he was always faithful to do so.
Good Benefits is my everyday mission
Paul was steadfast in his opinion that railroad employees have the best benefit package in the nation because of over 100 various eligibility options and the four unique parts making up the total railroad employees benefit package; occupational disability, 60/30 retirement, extended insurance for disabled and the F.E.L.A. injury law and was known to be the best at helping navigate all four when illness or injury strikes.
However, it was Paul’s compassion, care and unwavering belief in the people he helps that made him truly one of a kind. Hundreds of our clients, railroad employees and their spouses have written to us about how much Paul Wingo helped them in their time of need.