Mr. Donald Rene Winston — 1956-2019

Published 11:42 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mr. Donald Rene Winston, 63, of West Point, passed away on Oct. 17 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. Mr. Winston, the son of Mary Frances Malone and the late Charles Winston, was born on  Feb. 2, 1956, in Langdale.

Donald was a member of the Keeney Memorial United Methodist Church. He attended the West Point Public School and was a member of the 1974 graduating class of West Point High School. Donald spent his entire life loving his family and enjoying life to the fullest. 

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Oscar Malone; grandparents, Lelia Bell and Hubert Anderson; and an aunt, Mary Alice White.  

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Donald was the proud father of five children, Takesha (Rick Brown), of Lilburn, Georgia, Avone Shealey, of West Point, Shalanda Wright, of Opelika, Donald (Carnesia) Winston, of West Point, Sakita Trammell, of Ownings Mills, Maryland; three children that he reared as his own, Andrea Shealey,  Dexter Shealey, of West Point, and Tamara Griffin, of Lanett; eight grandchildren; his dear and devoted mother, Mary Frances Malone, ofWest Point; two sisters, Sandra Jackson, of Conyers, Georgia; Deborah “Minnie” McLemore, of West Point; two god-brothers, Dan McClurkin, of Hogansville, Georgia, and Sammy Morgan, of West Point; one aunt, Doris (James Schell), of San Diego, California; a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives; and close friends.

A celebration of life service for Mr. Winston will be held on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. EDT in the sanctuary of the Keeney Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brenda Pritchett-Rhodes, pastor, eulogist, Evangelist Stephanie Davenport and Sis. Michelle Winston, assisting. Interment will follow in the Marseilles Cemetery.

The remains will lie in state at the church on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. EDT until the funeral hour. The family is receiving friends at the residence of Mrs. Frances Malone, 1207 E. 8th St on West Point. 

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Public viewing will be on Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the mortuary.

Final arrangements entrusted to M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.