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Celebration of Life

Taylor's Brewing
Saturday November 20th, 2021
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Lillion Wingate Cain, III

Lillion Wingate Cain, III, 55, of Hickory passed away peacefully on November 8 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Wingate will always be remembered for his infectious laughter, razor sharp wit, and generous spirit. Every person he met was left better by his presence. He is survived by his mother, Irene Cain; sister, Jennifer Cain; half- brother Michael Cain; son, Nicholas Hamby; nieces Serena Cain and Dixie Cain; and his nephew Alexander Cain. He is predeceased by his father, Lillion Wingate Cain, Jr.

Wingate’s passions include creating works of art, reading fantasy books, and enjoying the sound of the ocean. His love of UNC basketball made him the truest of Tarheel fans, and as a graduate of Appalachian State University, he certainly cheered the Mountaineer football team to their many victories.

Wingate, a McDowell County native, dedicated his professional life to helping the underserved and believed education provided opportunity for success. He worked at McDowell Technical Community College for nine years, serving in the admissions office and then as the Director of the Student Enrichment Center. Prior to that, he worked at Western Piedmont Community College in student services. He also worked as a sentencing report specialist for the non-profit organization Repay, in child protective services for the McDowell Department of Social Services, and as a residential counselor at Crossnore School. He held a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University along with a master's degree in Community College Administration from Western Carolina University.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Taylor’s Brewing in Marion. This will be a family friendly time to share stories and talk about the joy of Wingate’s life. A burial at sea will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wingate Cain Scholarship at McDowell Technical Community College.

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Wingate, I really miss you. I can\'t help but think of you every time I hear Billy Idol song. I\'ve thought a lot about when you had the Daytona, and we went up on the Parkway and you let the turbo have a good workout and was playing the Rebel Yell cassette, You Won\'t Be Forgotten.

Joel Gibbs Jan 19 2022 3:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillion Cain, III

Joel Gibbs Jan 19 2022 2:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillion Cain, III

Lori Condrey Nov 22 2021 11:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillion Cain, III

Carolyn Proctor Nov 21 2021 2:56 PM

I want to thank the author of this obituary for mentioning Wingate's work at Crossnore. Wingate was my partner there during a very challenging time. He was calm, wise and gentle, just being himself. He will be missed.

Amanda Morgan Nov 19 2021 10:31 PM

Irene , just watched the video of Wingate. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful son. I am so sorry for you loss. Live you my dear friend.

Cindy Cotter Nov 18 2021 1:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillion Cain, III

Jewell Mckinney Nov 18 2021 10:52 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillion Cain, III

Blue Calabrese Nov 16 2021 5:29 PM

I worked with Wingate at MTCC, he was a great person and fought a valiant battle. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to the family at this most difficult time.

Pam Price Nov 16 2021 8:57 AM

Irene, Jennifer & Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I know how close you were and the wonderful memories you share. Wingate was always a special person I remember him when he was very young growing up. Always a smile that brightened not only the room but also the ones around him. Irene, you, especially will be in my thoughts & prayers.

Nancy B Greene Nov 15 2021 11:19 AM

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