Rev. Albert Winstead

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2011

BROOKHAVEN — Services for the Rev. Albert Wilson Winstead, 80, of Byram, who died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, will be at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Brookhaven.

Burial will follow at Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin County under the direction of Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven.

Rev. Winstead died instantly in a car collision while leaving Chancellor Funeral Home after ministering to a member of his congregation at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Florence.

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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Rev. Winstead was born Sept. 28, 1930, in Rankin County, the son of James Hardy Winstead and Gladys Huff Winstead. He was a graduate of Crossroads High School, Clarke Memorial Junior College and Mississippi College. He also attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans for a year. He married Bobbie Warren Winstead while at Clarke College. They were married for 52 and one half years before her death Jan. 9, 2002. Later he married a longtime friend, Geraldine Lipscomb Hutchins.

Rev. Winstead served as a Baptist minister to churches in Mississippi and Georgia for more than 60 years and was still pastoring at Clear Branch Baptist Church.

“He loved the Lord and he loved people. He was passionate about sharing his faith and loved going on mission trips to help build churches and work on other Baptist ministry projects with CBMI Missions in Brookhaven,” said his children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bobbie; one sister, Bobbye Ruth Haley; and one great-grandson, Christopher Scott McGraw.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; one son, Charlie Winstead and wife, Sue, of Jonesboro, Ark.; three daughters, Bobbye Wynn and husband, Dan, of Natchez, Linda Parman of Brandon and Betty Little and husband, Billy, of Brandon; three stepchildren, Mike Hutchins and wife, Angela, of Franklin, Tenn., Steve Hutchins of Madison and Lisa Langley and husband, Eddie, of Clinton; grandchildren, Daniel Ashley Wynn, Joy Wynn, Anthony and Cherie McGraw, Scott and Angela Little, Zebulon and Nancy Winstead; step-grandchildren, Elise and Kyle Walley, Lee Hutchins, Nick Hutchins and Zack Hutchins; seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one sister, Dorothy Winstead George; and one brother, James Winstead.

Pallbearers will be Anthony McGraw, Scott Little, Zebulon Winstead, Lee Hutchins, David Sullivan, Steve Hutchins, Mike Hutchins, Eddie Langley and Larry Lipscomb.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Baptist minister friends and his Wolf Hollow golf buddies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to CBMI Missions in Brookhaven or Clear Branch Baptist Church in Florence.

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