On Tuesday morning, June 3, 2014, God called home Deaconess Josephine Giles Winfield (Joe), 82, of 29212 Oakdale Road, Waverly, Va. She was a native of Southampton County, and the daughter of the late Charlie Giles and Eunice Nevells Giles Harrison Cooper.

She was a retired employee of Masonite Corp., a former substitute bus driver and cafeteria worker for Sussex County Public Schools.

Deaconess Winfield held membership at Wilborne Baptist Church, Waverly, where she was baptized at the age of 8. She served her church in the capacity of deaconess for many years and also the Pastor's Aid Ministry until her health declined.

She was educated in the Sussex County Public Schools System, where she attended the Neville Colored School and Waverly Training School.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jerry Oliver Winfield; three sisters, Dorothy Hines, Annie Drew and Slyvester Harrison; eight brothers, Waverly Giles, Smith Harrison, Johnnie Harrison, Willie Harrison, Terry Harrison, James Harrison, Buster Harrison and Theodore Harrison; and a devoted friend, Lorraine Wyche.

She loved cooking, hosting annual family cookouts, gardening, growing flowers, cutting grass and spending time with her family and close friends.

She leaves to cherish her memoires, three children, Jessie K. Winfield of Waverly, Herbert O. Winfield (Vanessa) of Surry and Denise Y. Harper of Petersburg; two devoted grandchildren, granddaughter and caretaker, Karen M. Winfield of Waverly, and grandson, Ian J. Winfield of Surry; adopted grandson, the Rev. Tyrone Jackson Jr. of Hopewell; four sisters, Jane Lundy (Ben) of Petersburg, Fannie Williams, Alma Hinton (William) and Hazel (Louise) Jackson, all of Waverly; five sisters-in-law, among them one devoted, Evelyn Giles of Waverly; one brother-in-law; one aunt, Lottie Giles of Washington, D.C.; and a large number of nieces and nephews, among them devoted, Ernest Giles, Bobby Hines, Carol Williams and Jennie Hines; a host of cousins, among them Sarah Thompson of Petersburg; and numerous friends, including devoted, Brenda Parker Rorie, Andrew and Claudette Johnson, Lawrence Johnson, Ronda Edmonds, Lucille Allen, Eva Everson, Jared Williams, Dean Pittman, Richard Pond, Red, Joseph Davis, Dr. Clarence Scranage Jr., Louis Wyche, Johnnie Wiggins and the late A.A. Tucker.

A special thank you to the Richmond Hioaks Davita Dialysis Center staff and patient, Dr. H. Brian Peppiatt, Dr. Phillip Duncan, the nurses of Southside Regional Home Health and the Sharp Shooters Hunt Club of Surry.

Services for Deaconess Josephine Giles Winfield will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Wilborne Baptist Church, 7138 Newville Road, Waverly, Va.; Rev. Clarence M. Thweatt Jr., pastor, the Rev. Tyrone Jackson Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church, Campostella, eulogist. Interment to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 29212 Oakdale Road, Waverly, Va.

At the request of the family, food items may be omitted.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Deaconess Winfield at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index on June 19, 2014