One of Clay County’s longest-serving elected officials passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon.
David Winfield, who was running for the supervisor’s seat in District 5, a seat he held for more than 20 years, died Saturday from what was believed to be a heart attack.
Clay County emergency officials responded to a 911 call that was received at 12:18 p.m. and found Winfield in his truck on Cedar Bluff Loop in Cedar Bluff. From there, he was transported by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center – West Point, where he arrived at approximately 1 p.m. According to Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter, Winfield was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m., dying of natural causes. Winfield was 68.
Word of Winfield’s passing spread quickly, and two of the county’s most tenured supervisors were quick to praise Winfield.
“Clay County lost a good one today, no doubt about it,” said District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus, who served alongside Winfield for 11 years. “He was great to have in the room as a supervisor because of the wisdom he possessed.”
District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes echoed Lummus’ sentiments.
“The people of Clay County lost a great friend today,” said Deanes. “He taught me a lot, and I still use most of that knowledge. He will be greatly missed.”
Full county reaction to Winfield’s passing will be in Tuesday’s edition.
A full report on this developing story will be available Sunday and Tuesday in the print edition of the Daily Times Leader.