Mr. Clarence A. Winters, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family members on the 21st day if April 2018. He was born May 8, 1927 in Avery County, North Carolina to the late Howard Lindsay Winters and Lula Octava (Oakes) Winters. He was preceeded on death by three sons; Clifford Allen, Douglas Arthur, and Marion Alexander, and three brothers, three sisters, and one granddaughter.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 71 years, Melba Jean Barrier Winters of the home; three sons, Marlon Lavon Winters (Rhonda) of Asheboro, Larry D. Winters (Victoria ) of Hudson, Keith Eldon Winters of the home, Loree Dawn Steakhouse (Mason) of Panaca, Nevada. He is also survived by one brother, Thomas Emmitt Winters of Spruce Pine; and one sister, Carol June Winters Ollis of Morganton, and Delphia Jean Winters of LaFollette, Tennessee.
Additional survivors include grandchildren David Winters (Susan) of Clemson, SC, Jeremy Winters (Andrea) of Statesville, Alicia Robinson (Neil) of Mt. Holly, Lynette Brewer (Aaron) of Mooresville, Paige Stanich, of Statesville, Cameron Reed (Shannon) of Lehi, UT, Krista Patrick (Thomas) of Rogers, AR, Robert Winters of Millville, UT, Richard Winters (Savannah) of Eagle Mtn., UT, Megan Boring (Wade) of Millville, UT, Michael Winters of Logan, UT, and 15 great grandchildren.
He was a loving husband, devoted father, and grandfather.
At the outbreak of WWII, he joined the United States Navy and served for 2 ½ years. He retired as a mail carrier of the US Postal Service after 28 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 16 in Newton, NC, and an honorary member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
He was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in multiple positions of leadership. His passion was genealogy and researching family history, as evidenced by his 18 years of working with the local genealogy library. He has written 18 family history books and helped organize the Genealogy Society of Catawba County where he served as the co-president and was a co-author of the Catawba County Heritage Book. Clarence loved to talk and share stories of his experiences; stories and sometimes tall tales that were found during his researching of the genealogies of families within this region.
The family will receive family and friends at Jenkins Funeral Home, Startown Road, Newton, NC, on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thornburg Drive, Conover, NC. Saturday, April 28, 2008, at 11:00 am. Following the service, a private burial service will be held at the family cemetery, (White Pine Cemetery) in Newland, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Catawba Regional Hospice.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Winters family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.