Linda Player Wingate DeBorde, 77 (June 20, 1939) New Smyrna Beach Florida for 53 years passed away on Wednesday January 4, 2017 at home with family.
Born in Chester, South Carolina the daughter of the late Mary Janet Gulledge Player and Clyde Louis Player. Linda was also predeceased by her husband Robert A. Wingate, Jr. and a Son Robert Todd Wingate.
Linda moved to New Smyrna Beach with her family in 1964, she became a community activist soon after. She started her Real Estate career at Max R. Kreis Realty on Flagler Ave and then moved on to work at Indian River Real Estate. She then opened her office, Nu-Day Realty, Inc. in 1978. She served New Smyrna Beach area as a Real Estate Agent/Broker for 37 years before retiring in September 2010. Upon her retirement, September 30, 2010 was officially named Linda P. DeBorde Day by the Mayor. Linda served as the Chaplain for the Elks Lodge #1557 in New Smyrna Beach, she was the first female elected officer of this organization. A longtime member of the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors, she served in every official capacity including President. She also served as Chair of their Professional Standards Committee for over twenty years. NSBBR presented Linda with an honorary lifetime membership for her dedicated service. She was an active member of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce and served as President. She also served on the New Smyrna Community Redevelopment Agency for twenty years, sixteen of which she served as Chair. She was also an active member in the American Business Women’s Association.
Linda worshiped and was an active member, served in multiple ministries, at Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and caring for her family.
Linda is survived by her three daughters, Cynthia Wingate Cory (John, Jr.), Tyna Lynn Wingate Hilton (Dave Griffin) and Janetta Wingate Hilton Gamache (Brian) all of Edgewater, her grandchildren Tina, Brad, Sandra, Amanda, Stephanie, Ginger, Stephen, Matthew, Grant, Courtland, Alicia, Brianna, Shelby, Bobby, Dawson, 10 Great-Grandchildren with one more arriving soon and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild and her devoted little dog Coffee, whom she adored. She is also survived by her sisters Beverly Davis Gill (Newton) of Marietta, Ga, Hope W. Player (James Pappas) of New Smyrna/Fort Lee, NJ, a Brother Donald Louis Player (Vicki Faile), Lexington, SC together with many loving nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
Family will receive friends at Baldwin Funeral Home on January 9, 2017 from 5-7pm.
A celebration of Life in Linda’s honor will be held on January 10, 2017 at 11 am at Coronado Community United Methodist Church, New Smyrna Beach with the Burial following immediately after at Edgewater Cemetery in Edgewater. The Rev. Laura L. Berg, Minister of Congregational Care at CCUMC will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Coronado Community United Methodist Church in Linda’s name.