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Oleta Hall Winfree

oleta winfreeMrs. Oleta Hall Winfree, age 89 of Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday January 5, 2016 at University Medical Center. She was born on January 11, 1926 in DeKalb County to the late Clark and Ola Grandstaff Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Hall Floyd.

Mrs. Oleta was a very active person in the community.  She loved her church, Westland United Methodist, where she spent countless hours serving her Lord and others in many capacities.  Mrs. Winfree worked for 25 years at Castle Heights Military Academy before moving on to work for the Lebanon City Schools, where she was a secretary at Byars Dowdy and Coles Ferry Elementary Schools.  She was a district officer for many years with the United Methodist Women, as well as a longtime volunteer at UMC Hospital in Lebanon.  Mrs. Oleta also belonged to the Twin States Iris Society.  She most recently has dedicated much of her time to the local chapter of AARP in Lebanon.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Cordell Winfree, children; Nan Winfree of Lebanon, Dan Brice (Cindy) Winfree of Spring Hill, TN, and Lou Ann (Kenneth) Knight of Fleming Island, FL, grandchildren; Brandon (Casey) Romer of Mt. Pleasant, TN, Austin Winfree of Spring Hill, TN, Britney Knight of Gainesville, FL, Taylor and Travis Knight both of Fleming Island, FL, great-grandchildren; Addison and Daxton Romer of Mt. Pleasant, TN.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday January 9, 2016 at 11am from the Westland United Methodist Church in Lebanon.  Rev. Tim Palmer will officiate and interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3pm-7pm at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and again on Saturday after 10am at Westland United Methodist Church.  The family requests that In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Winfree’s honor to Westland United Methodist Church or to the Winfree – Bryant Middle School.

Pallbearers will be: Brandon Romer, Austin Winfree, Kenneth, Travis, and Taylor Knight, Stan Wills, and James Ray Moore.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the United Methodist Women of Westland Church, The Twin States Iris Society, and the Local Chapter of  AARP.

Messages for the Family

  1. Brenda (Winfree) Ivy & Family says:
    We are so very sorry for the loss of Mrs. Oleta! She was such a sweet lady! Mother and Mrs. Oleta were good friends and worked together years ago. Our prayers are with you all and may Our Lord comfort you!!
  2. Anne Tomlinson says:
    Mrs. Winfree was a true gem. We saw the two of them quite often at our favorite restaurant, ‘Sunset’. We always had a nice chat and marveled at how much in love they were after so many years. Nan, our love and prayers are with you all at this time. We know someday we will all be reunited in heaven.
    Much love,
    Anne & David Tomlinson
  3. Jim&Faye Agee says:
    Oleta was a jewel! She will be missed by so many. Just know that you all are in our many thoughts and prayers and Always In Our Hearts! Jim & Faye Agee
  4. Jim&Faye Agee says:
    Oleta was a jewel! She will be missed by so many. Just know that you all are in our many thoughts and prayers and Always In Our Hearts! Jim & Faye Agee
  5. Darlene VanZant Byrom says:
    So sorry! Thoughts and prayers are with Cordell, Nan, Dan , and Lou Ann. Good memories from Lebanon TN with our families. I got a Christmas card from The Winfrees this past year. She was always so thoughtful and genuine! Love her Smile on the picture. Just like Oleta!
  6. Nancy Hendrix says:
    Dan and Nan, I am sorry to hear about your Mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
  7. tom crawford says:
    Our condolences go out to the Winfrey family . Very sorry to hear of your loss.
  8. Carolyn Moser says:
    I have known Mrs. Oleta for many years. She worked in Watertown in the early years of our lives and I was in high school working at the drug store. It was always a pleasure to wait on her at lunch time and get to meet and know her. She remained a great lady and friend all these years. We will surely miss her. Praying for the family.
  9. Paul J. Holsen II says:
    Will miss you at CHMA Homecoming. Always a Happy Smile, that’s how I will always remember you. Holsen ’59