Lee Dale Winstead, 13, loved adventure and nature

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Lee Dale Winstead, age 13, died on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in Castle Hayne.

Lee was born on March 5, 2003, in Washington DC to parents Heather Anne Hindsley and Dale (Fess) Covington Winstead.

Vibrant, loving and charming, family and friends knew Lee for his love of nature and adventure. He was in his element hunting, deep sea fishing, or camping. Lee’s infectious smile often preceded a joke or an athletic feat. Lee’s personality endeared him to people throughout the Southeast.

Lee is survived by his mother, Heather; and father Dale (Fess) and his wife Jennifer; his sisters, Josie and Sierra; his maternal grandparents, Pack and Jan Hindsley; his uncle and aunt, Kerry Hindsley and Carmen Lam; his uncle and aunt, Paul and Juli Hindsley; his aunt and uncle, Wendy and Keith Woolard; his aunt and uncle, Penny and John (JP) Purvis; his cousins, Ava Hindsley, Stacy Cutler, Kimberly Spain, Daniel Woolard, Vivian Ballance, Ashley Cuthrell; his dog, Daisy; his cats, Tom and Jeri; and his beloved snake, Hercules.

Funeral services took place at the Ocracoke School in Ocracoke, North Carolina on Monday August 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m. Donations can be made to the Ocracoke Youth Center (ball field) and sent to P.O. Box 1684, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Flowers are respectfully declined.

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