Donald Winters

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 4, 2010

NATCHEZ — Services for Donald C. Winters, 59, who died Friday, July 2, 2010, at University Medical Center following heart surgery on June 30, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Mr. Winters was born Jan. 13, 1951, in Natchez, the son of J.C. and Alice Campbell Winters. He lived his whole life in Natchez, except a few years in which he worked in New Orleans, Kansas City and Beaumont, Texas.

Mr. Winters loved people and dogs. Evidence of his love was his volunteer work with the Natchez Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society.

He worked as an EMT caring for people, as well as in sales and hotel management.

Anyone who knew Donald knew about his German Shepherds, which he raised and bred, treating them like his children.

His life was a living testimony to the grace of God. He dealt with many health issues, including his recent blindness, which sent him to live with his sister in Brandon.

Mr. Winters was preceded in death by his mother, and his grandparents, Clyde and Zelma Freeman Campbell and John Calvin and Lockie Carroll Winters.

Survivors include, his father; his sister Jackie Winters of Brandon; six aunts, Betty Holloway and husband Jerry and Doris Smith and husband Leon, all of Washington, Stella Acy of Greenwood, Agnes Broadhead and Thelma Meredith of Clarksdale, and Myrtle Nail and husband Buford of Mobile; two uncles, J.C. Campbell and wife Mary of Dallas and Belma Winters and husband Dean of Pascagoula; and numerous cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Gary Holloway, Joel Smith, Greg Holloway, Royce Winters, Doug Winters and Marion Winters.

Donald will be greatly missed by those who loved him. Memorials may be made to the Natchez Chapter of the American Red Cross or the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society.

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