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John H. Winstead

Jackson

John Henry Winstead, 60, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2012. He had recently become a member of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon. He loved the Lord and served Him through music ministry, leading adult and youth choirs at Forest Hill Baptist, Faithview Baptist and Bethesda Baptist Church, all in Hinds County. He also led the BSU choir at Hinds Community College. Through the years, he served as a deacon and Bible teacher, always glad for an opportunity to share his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

He loved all of his family dearly, cherishing the time he spent with them. Many memories were made with his children and grandchildren as he enjoyed fishing and hunting, coaching or cheering at athletic events, attending music events whether marching band, piano recitals or orchestra concerts, and vacationing with the family. He also supported his children through serving on the Board of Directors for Hillcrest Christian School.

John was a successful businessman as a skilled craftsman of fine jewelry. He truly enjoyed creating treasured keepsakes for special life events for his customers and friends at Jackson Jewelers. Ron Muffuletto was not only his business partner of 30 years but also his best friend.

John loved people, counting many as dear friends. He celebrated life and was known for his jovial personality and big heart. He was a very generous man and a faithful steward unto the Lord.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Carol Irwin Winstead, to whom he was married for 36 years, as well as his son, Shan Winstead (Jenny), two daughters, Allison Gros (Slade) and Courtney Stewart (Jason); five grandchildren: Cole and Blaise Winstead, Triston and Maddie Gros, and Easton Stewart. John leaves a brother, William Jerry Winstead (Shyrlie) and father-in-law Rev. Wilbur Irwin. He also leaves a host of very special friends and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Henry Winstead and Ollie Wilcher Winstead, brother, James Winstead and sister, Brenda Winstead Newell.

Arrangements will be at Faithview Baptist Church, 6603 Jackson-Raymond Rd., Raymond, MS. Visitation Tuesday, February 14, from 5-8p.m. Visitation Wednesday at 10a.m., service at 11a.m. Burial at Lakewood Memorial Park. Online guestbook www.wrightferguson.com

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 14, 2012
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