Ernestine Corrine Winstead
Ernestine Corrine Winstead
  • June 1, 1933 - May 8, 2015
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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Ernestine Winstead age 81, Went to be with the Lord Friday May 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Elijah Winstead; she is survived by her two daughters, Helen Winstead (Phil Rackley), Izeta Winstead (William Stephens), granddaughter, Christy Haggis (George), great grandson, Eli Haggis. Ernestine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, spending time with her great grandson Eli was her greatest joy. Ernestine was devoted to her husband, taking wonderful care of him through many years of sickness driving him to his dialysis treatments three times a week in his later years. Even when weary, her love was stronger. She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her pets, especially playing with her puppy. Ernestine was a hard worker. She worked at Abbotts Lab for 25 years. She also loved taking care of her family. Through many tough times, Ernestine’s faith did not waver. She believed in God’s promises. She knew “God’s steadfast love endures forever.”(Psalm 100) Even in sickness Ernestine did not hesitate to help those in need, she was an inspiration to all that knew her. Ernestine was a faithful member of Morton Church. She also belonged to the Morton Salt Shakers the senior service group. She was an excellent seamstress. She make covers for pillows to be stuffed for the nursing homes, she also cut out patterns for shoes to be sent to the Sole Hope Project. Ernestine would make many items to be sold at the church bazaar for its annual fundraiser. Ernestine showed her love to fellow members by passing out Bible bookmarks that she has lovingly crocheted, adorned with beads and crosses. Graduates and expectant mothers have been blessed with afghans and quilts that Ernestine had made. We are Jesus’ hands and feet. Ernestine lived by this. Her hands and feet were always busy for Jesus. She was a West Mount Ruritan for years, which served the community. Ernestine would go with a group from Morton to sing at a local nursing home every Tuesday. Her sweet smile and gentle spirit always uplifted someone. Even when sick, Ernestine would make phone calls to sick friends and shut-ins. She also enjoyed visiting when she was able, and her great sense of humor brought a laugh. Ernestine was a dedicated prayer warrior that you could always call on to pray. Ernestine lived a life of thanksgiving. She was grateful for God’s goodness and provisions. Her faith and love were evident as she followed her shepherd, Jesus Christ.

A visitation will be held Monday May 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at Morton Presbyterian Church on West Mount Drive. A Funeral Service will also be held at the Church on Monday May 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM with burial to follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Morton Presbyterian Church, 6605 West Mount Drive Rocky Mount NC 27803.