Thursday, August 18, 2011
Friends remember ‘Wine’
By SUE WATSON
One of Holly Springs’ most colorful characters, Lewis Anderson “Wine” Nunnally Jr., was killed in an accident Wednesday, August 10.
He was struck by an automobile on Craft Street near his home address of 114 Wilson Avenue, according to Det. Elijah Wilson with the Holly Springs Police Department. Nunnally was 61 and often walked to town up Craft Street early in the day and returned in the evening along the same route.
Two people in the vehicle were passing through from Collierville, Tenn., where they worked on a summer job, and were on their way to Alabama, he said.
High school classmate Bonnie Wells said Wine graduated from Holly Springs High School with straight “As” – at the top of his class.
“He was really a good person,” said Wells, adding that Wine must have suffered in some way during his military service.
“Something happened and he came back; he was not the same,” she said. “When his mind was sound, he could tell you a lot. He read a lot of books and followed up on politics. He’s going to really be missed.”
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson became acquainted with one of the city’s most colorful characters when Wine had a “free stay” at the jail.
“Contrary to what a lot of people think, Wine was a very intelligent person when sober,” Dickerson said. “His knowledge of history was impressive. We talked for several hours at the jail on breaks. In a one-on-one conversation with him, I learned he knew he had a problem. It was not something he was proud of; it was something he didn’t think he could overcome.”
When asked if Wine would be included in Holly Springs Main Street’s branding – All Kinds of Character, Dickerson said he fit the bill.
“Absolutely,” the sheriff said. “He was one of the most colorful and best characters. I saw a side of him that is quite different than the other side people see.”
Bobby Bonds quipped that he had contact with Wine every day whether he wanted it or not.
“He’s local around here and he was on his way to a funeral that day I took his picture about two years ago,” Bonds said. “He said, ‘you always see me in a T-shirt and shorts and I want you to take a picture of me in a suit.’ He was an intelligent man.”
Annie Moffitt said Wine was one of the characters of Holly Springs.
“Wine was a real good person,” she said. “What he did, he did it to himself. He never hurt anyone. He respected people who respected him. He kept you laughing, made you mad, then you would soon get over it because he would say something else to make you laugh. He is going to be greatly missed.”
Robbie Zinn, sister of Wine, said he served five years in the U.S. Navy stateside and was a good student in math and a reader of current events. He earned a two-year degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College. His professions included working at the nuclear plant at President’s Island, helping build the Highway 78 Bypass and working for Synergy Gas.
Wine was a very good basketball player in highschool, she said, and an admirer of the late sheriff Osbourne Bell and a friend to Sheriff Dickerson.
As one of Holly Springs’ most colorful characters, Wine loved to clown around, be a jokester and to show off in a parade, she said.
Wine liked it when people laughed and were happy. His favorite saying was “Be cool.”
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