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Winstead “Lee” Viands, 74, of Charles Town, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020, at his residence under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born November 19, 1945 in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Winstead Lamar Viands and Nellie (Dorsey).

He is survived by his significant other, Melissa Woods; daughter Amy Viands, step-son Bradley Smetek and his brother Emory Viands and wife Bonnie of Crab Orchard, KY. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Lee was a Navy Veteran and serviced during Vietnam. He was an active member of the VFW Post 3522, where he had been the canteen manager. He was an active member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71 and served as an officer and a bartender. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 948.

Mr. Viands worked for many years at Dixie Narco, until their closing. He then worked as a bus driver for the Jefferson County School System until his retirement. Shortly after retiring, he took a job as a deliveryman for NAPA Auto Parts in Charles Town.

He was a graduate of Charles Town High School.

He loved fishing and hunting.

Lee was preceded in death by his wife Donna Marie Viands, son Winstead “Lamar” Viands and a brother Donald Lamar Viands.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at The Edge Hill Cemetery (604 East Hunter Street) in Charles Town at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Henry Christie officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Please sign the online guest register and view his obituary at

Arrangements by The Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

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