John A. Winstead, 86 of Wilson passed away peacefully at home after a long time with Alzheimer s. He was born November 19, 1935. A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson. Rev. Charles Robl, and Rev. Jim Bell will officiate.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson.
John graduated from Charles L. Coon High School and was a General Contractor in Wilson. John’s happiest times were when he was President of Wilson Jaycees and along with co-Jaycee, Ray Davis and Pattie Ruffin would be escorting Miss Wilson to Raleigh to compete in Miss North Carolina Pageant. He received The Distinguished Service Award, the highest award presented by the Jaycees. John loved his time and traveling with Wilson Sudan Shrine. He was most proud and honored when he was accepted into The Sudan Temple Wrecking Crew. John was a strong supporter and very dedicated to the Shrine activities. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank Community Home Care and Hospice for their kind, loving and excellent care given to John, especially Amy Stokes, Elizabeth Durham, and Laura Harris who “spoiled” him and always called him “their baby.”
John is survived by his loving wife, Frances Stallings Winstead; stepsons, Allen R. Stallings, Terry Patrick Stallings and wife, Pamela, and Paul Stallings and wife, Marilyn; step-grandson, Robert Paul Stallings; daughter, Johna W. Kite; sons, Mark Winstead and wife, George Ann, and Tony Winstead and wife, Michelle; daughter-in-law, Teresa Bridgers Winstead; son-in-law, Steve Kite; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, and his sisters, Marjorie W. Beaman, and Lois W. Skinner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. Winstead and Gertrude Barnes Winstead; brother, Archie Winstead and wife, Pauline; first wife, Edith Hinton Winstead and the mother of his children, Johna, Mark and Tony; granddaughter, Danielle Winstead, and his brothers-in-law, Edgar “Bill” Beaman, Gerald Skinner, and Harold Hinton and wife, Joyce.
Flowers are welcome or please consider memorials in John’s memory to The Masonic Home for Children of Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565 or First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, North Carolina 27894.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.