SEDRO-WOLLEY, Wash.-Winfield A. McLean, the first executive director of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association, died Feb. 29 in Sedro-Wolley. He was 96. Mr. McLean spent much of his career as a banker and retired as a branch manager in 1965.
Following his retirement, he served as the first executive director of the combined Washington-Oregon Independent Tire Dealers Association. The association since has become the Northwest Tire Dealers Association.
Survivors include his two sons; a daughter; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-One of the nation's first African-American owners of a Goodyear franchise, Everett P. O'Neal, died April 12 at Meadowbrook Manor in Kansas City. He was 84.
Mr. O'Neal was a prominent businessman in Kansas City who, at different times, opened and operated the Guard Service Co. and GSC Detective Agency.
In 1946 he opened O'Neal Tire Co. on Prospect Avenue in Kansas City and became the first black owner of a Goodyear franchise, according to The Kansas City Star newspaper.
Mr. O'Neal was the first African-American member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In 1976 he became the only African American to receive the Mr. Kansas City Award, which has since been renamed the Kansas Citian of the Year Award.
Survivors include a son and two grandchildren.
SILER CITY, N.C.-Cecil Budd, owner of the oldest continuous-running Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. dealership, died April 29 at Duke University Medical Center after suffering congestive heart failure. He was 80.
Mr. Budd started Cecil Budd Tire in 1936 and became a Kelly-Springfield dealer in 1943, according to his son, Michael, a managing partner in the dealership.
He began re-treading during the depression, according to Michael Budd. In the 1950s he expanded the business but had since sold the additional outlets to their managers.
Survivors also include his wife, Ruth, who heads the dealership's bookkeeping operation; two daughters and son-in-law John Grimes, who is a business partner in the dealership; and four grandchildren.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-Sion D. ``Jack'' Jennings, 85, a prominent realtor who also founded a local retail tire dealership in Chapel Hill, died March 7 at the Carolina Meadows Health Center.
After working for Nu-Tread Tire Co. in Durham, N.C., Mr. Jennings started Chapel Hill Tire Co. in 1952. In 1964 he sold the single-outlet dealership to current owner Al Pons, who has since expanded the business.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, two daughters and three granddaughters.
WANAQUE, N.J.-Juan Gonzalez, 58, former owner of Wanaque Tire in New Jersey, died Jan. 1.
Mr. Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico and worked as a mechanic for Public Service Electric and Gas Co. in Ridgewood, N.J., before retiring in 1981.
He had owned Wanaque Tire for 20 years prior to working at Public Service.
Additional information on Mr. Gonzalez's survivors was not available.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.-Ken Larkins, former co-owner of Larkins Brothers Tire Co. in San Francisco, died of heart failure March 25 at the Palm Springs Tennis Club. He was 70.
In 1950, shortly after graduating from the University of San Francisco, Mr. Larkins started Fine Tire-Larkins Brothers Tire with his fraternal twin brother, Bill. The two operated the single-outlet retail dealership until retiring in 1986, when current owner Martin Labagh bought the firm.
Survivors include his wife, Irene, two sons and two daughters.
FAIRFIELD, Ohio-Mildred Fran-ces Henderson, 79, former co-owner of a tire store in Greensburg, Ind., died March 31 at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield.
Mrs. Henderson owned and operated Five Points Tire Co. with her husband, the late Robert J. Henderson. She also owned several grocery stores.
The two sold the single-outlet retail dealership in 1973 or 1974, according to current owner Roger McCracken. ``It was a little country, small-town operation when I got here,'' he said.
Survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.
WALKERTOWN, N.C.-Jimmy Wayne Mabe, 50, co-owner of Stokesdale Discount Tire Center, died of cancer April 23 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Walkertown.
Mr. Mabe was a full-time farmer and owned and operated Stokesdale Discount Tire Center in Walkertown with his wife, Nancy. Mrs. Mabe continues to own and operate the single-outlet retail dealership, which was founded in 1979 or 1980.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter and one granddaughter.