Mamie Lou Vines Winston — 1917-2019

Published 5:45 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

Mamie Lou Vines Winston was born on Nov. 25, 1917, to the union of Mr. Jerry Vines and Mrs. Lucy Johnson Vines In LaFayette. She transitioned to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

When she was two years old, her family moved to Lanett, where she received her education at Lanier High School. She was the matriarch of the Jerry Vines lineage, being the last and youngest of 16 siblings. She was literally “Everybody’s Auntie.” She united in holy matrimony with Mr. Morris Winston, Sr., and they became the proud parents of nine beautiful children. Two sons preceded her in death Samuel Winston and Robert Winston.

Mrs. Mamie Lou chose to dedicate her life to Christ and joined the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Slaughter. Mrs. Winston had been a member of Ebenezer for ninety-one years. As a loyal and dedicated member, she served as President of the Missionary Society, President of the Usher Board, Chairperson of the Cuisine Committee for more than twenty years, Chairperson of the Easter and Fall Festival Refreshment Committee, a member of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and an advisor of the Red Circle, Sunbeam, and Crusader Auxiliaries. She was the first Co-Director of the Bowen East District Usher Ministry, when Mrs. O.C. Hardy installed the Usher Auxiliary into the Bowen East District Association in 1998.

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To forever cherish her wonderful memories and her great legacy are: seven children, Morris (Barbara) Winston, Jr., of Detroit, Michigan, Barbara Robinson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Diane Winston, Constance Wright, Lucy Robinson, Clarence Winston, and Patricia Davis, all of Lanett; two daughters-in-law, 27 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren; and a grand host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Mrs. Mamie Lou Vines Winston was a very well-known domestic worker for more than 70 years.

Homegoing Celebration Service for Mrs. Winston will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 ,at 2 p.m. EST in the Sanctuary of the Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jesse J. Walker, II, Pastor, Eulogist, the Rev. Bernard Williams, the Rev. Terry Williams and the Rev. Terry Magby, assisting. Interment will follow in the Pinehill Cemetery.

The remains will lie in state at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. EDT until the funeral. To express online condolences, visit

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