Vernon Winfrey: Oprah’s father dies at 89
Vernon Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey’s father, passed away late Friday after battling cancer, Oprah announced in a statement. He was 89 years old.
“Yesterday with my family surrounded by my bedside, I had the sacred honor of watching the man responsible for my life take his last breath,” Oprah said in a tribute. for her father shared on Instagram. “We could feel Peace entering the room when he passed away.”
A tribute written on Oprah Daily, Oprah’s lifestyle outlet, said Oprah was able to spend time with her father in Nashville during his final weeks.
On July 4, Vernon surprised with a “Vernon Winfrey Gratitude Celebration” and backyard barbecue, where he was surrounded by friends and loved ones.
The celebration was a way to give her father flowers “‘while he’s still well enough to smell them,” Oprah said in an earlier post.
During the celebration, Oprah’s friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps sang for him. “He ACCEPTs love and revels in it until he can’t speak anymore,” she wrote.
Vernon is a well-known barber in his community and has served on the Metro Nashville Council for 16 years.
“My deepest condolences to Vernon Winfrey’s family. Vernon served on Metro Council for 16 years and dedicated his life to business, haircutting and mentoring young men. age in the community”, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said on Twitter. “A veteran and military deacon, he leaves behind a legacy of service.”
Oprah’s mother, Vernita Lee, died in 2018 at the age of 83. Lee was born in Mississippi and gave birth to Winfrey as a young woman. Lee and Vernon were never married.