Patricia McMullen Wissinger (1958 - 2014)

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Asheville - Patricia McMullen Wissinger, 55, died on June 20th, 2014.

Patty spent her childhood in Charlotte before graduating from Western Carolina University. She received both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree in Public Policy from Western. Patty was committed to serving her country through the National Park Service. Her career with the Park Service extended over 30 years in numerous capacities including Chief of Interpretation for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. She also served as Chief of Concession Operations at Shenandoah National Park, Southeast Regional Partnership Coordinator and then as Superintendent of Vicksburg National Military Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and most recently as Deputy Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Patty became a mentor to many people she worked with in the Park Service.

She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie McMullen who died in Charlotte. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Wissinger; her three daughters, Catherine Zehel of Colorado, Julia Lockamy of Asheville, Lauren Lockamy of Asheville; her father, Carroll McMullen of Charlotte; her three grandchildren, Mark, Lillian and Jackson Zehel all of Colorado; and her five siblings, Mary Lou Lawson, Kathy Furr, Maureen Cameron, David McMullen and Debbie Leahy.

Patty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at Central United Methodist Church with Dr. Rob Blackburn officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the organization Patty founded to support Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area at 4861 Laurel Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30075.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merriman Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website or directly to the family at


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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 22 to June 24, 2014
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