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Charles WintersDREW - Charles "Chubby" Winters, age 54, of Drew, passed away on Wednesday February 09, 2011 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson. He was the pastor at Bethany Baptist in Merigold and the associate pastor at Calvary Chapel in Parchman. Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Saturday February 12, 2011 at Bethany Baptist Church in Merigold. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday February 11, 2011 at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland and for one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at the Drew Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Young, Rev. James McNally and Rev. Marvin Overstreet will officiate the services. Pastor Winters was born on May 12, 1956 to Ray and Margie Winters in Charleston, MS. He graduated from North Sunflower Academy and from the Mississippi Firefighter's Academy. Pastor Winters was the former fire chief at the Mississippi Department of Corrections, from which he retired. He became a Christian after September 11, 2001. In 2006 he sensed a divine call to the ministry and became a student assistant pastor at Bethany and Calvary Chapel churches, until his ordination on November 8, 2008. He studied in the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension Program. During his years as a Christian, Pastor Winters became involved in missions and made nine trips to Mexico, distributing Bibles, building churches, and conducting Vacation Bible Schools. After hurricane Katrina he made numerous trips to the Mississippi Gulf Coast doing disaster relief and assisting church and families. When he became pastor at Bethany, the church had been closed several years. He led the church to a comeback, and as the congregation grew all its facilities were renovated debt-free. One building is being made into a residence for visiting mission teams that come to Mississippi Delta to help other small churches make a comeback. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronnie Winters. He is survived by wife, of 19 years Becky Estes Winters of Drew, MS. Daughter, Kelly Mullins of Clarksdale, MS. Step-daughter, Jennifer Gandy of Southaven, MS. Step-son, Patrick Weeks of Boyle, MS. Brother, Terry Winters of Grenada, MS and 8 grandchildren. Pall-Bearers are; Jim Harmon, Rick Milan, W T Smith, Robert Neal, Ray West, Perry Morgan, Earl Hodges and Rodney Moore. The family request memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church 19 Bethany Church Rd. Merigold, Ms 38759, Calvary Chapel 36 Ward-Riddick Rd. Drew, MS 38737, Baptist Children Village P O Box 27 Clinton, MS 39060 or Hope House 2807 Chicot Street Pascagoula, MS 39581. Cleveland Funeral Home is in Charge of Arrangements.
I am so sorry for your loss. Chubby will be greatly missed, but we know where he is!!
Mary Ann (Powell) Jabbour - February 13, 2011 at 07:57 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Cubby was full of life and wanted to preach , be with family and friends. I think he lived longer than most in his condition because of his strong will. He will be greatly missed!
Patricia Fleming Rogers - February 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. May God bless you.
Dorothy Warren - February 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about Chubby's passing, We had spent the last 2 years helping him by bringing a VBS team from Lee Cty Ms, He was so much fun. He loved those Kids and Bethany Church, God Bless from all the Priceville, Brewer VBS Mission team of LCBA
Bro Tim Tutor - February 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
To all who ever had the chance to know Chubby, knows that he was a GREAT man. He had kept me out of a lot of trouble and had taught me a lot during the time I lived at Parchman. My prayers go out to the Winters' family. Chubby, you will be greatly missed.
Michael Johnson - February 11, 2011 at 07:44 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Becky, I am so sorry to hear about Chubby. He was one of the finest people that I have ever known. I will keep you, Jennifer, and Patrick in my thoughts and prayers. Deborah
Deborah Cowley - February 11, 2011 at 07:03 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
To the family of Charles "Chubby" Winters: Carmel and I are so sorry to hear about our friend Chubby. We grew up together at Parchman and worked with Chubby for many years. Chubby was like family to us and we know Chubby is in Heaven now rejoicing in the Lord. We wish all of you the best and know we are praying for all of you. God Bless you All!!! With love & prayers, Carmel and Laverne Johnson
Carmel & Laverne Johnson - February 11, 2011 at 06:57 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
He now sees by sight, what we see by faith. Becky, we are thinking of you and all the family. He loved christian music and people and he has it around the clock now.
John and Cathy Conico - February 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
We are sorry for your loss. Chubby was a great inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. His love for Christ was evident. He was a good friend to us when we worked with him at Parchman and after he retired. He will truly be missed. God bless you.
Walter & Robbie Free - February 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I just cannot think of the words to tell you how deeply sorry we are for the passing of Chubby. May God continue to give you strength, courage and comfort. Chubby was a good man and lived his life to serve God. He's finally sitting at the throne of his Savior and helping God prepare a place for all to follow. May God bless you all.
Joe and Reba McKnight - February 10, 2011 at 07:58 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM