Clarence A. Winn Jr.

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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GATES, N.C. — Clarence Aubrey Winn Jr., 72, of 146 Gates School Road, Gates, North Carolina, died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk.

Clarence A. Winn Jr.

Mr. Winn was born in Petersburg, Virginia, on April 26, 1948, and was a son of the late Clarence A. Winn Sr. and Evelyn Hargrave Winn.

Employed with CF Industries for 13 years, he later retired as a water treatment plant operator with International Paper in Franklin, where he worked for 27 years. While at I.P., he was on the HazMat & Emergency Response Team.

Community involvement included many years of service and retirement from both the Gates County Rescue and EMS and the Gates Volunteer Fire Department. In the rescue squad he served as an EMT and rescue technician, and was a founding member of the Northeast Search & Rescue. With the fire department he served as chief.

Clarence was a longtime member and deacon of Reynoldson Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Campbell; and by a brother, Bill Winn.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sharen Bright Winn; two sons, James Richard “Jimmy” Winn and wife, Kristi and William Aubrey “Billy” Winn and wife, Anita, all of Gates; his sister, Theresa Sharpe of Nags Head; his stepmother, Margaret Winn of Ahoskie; six grandchildren, Jared Winn, Kathryn Winn, Evan Winn (Chelsea), Brendan Steiner, Casey Winn and Jesse Winn; and a great-grandchild, Harper Winn.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m., in Reynoldson Baptist Church, and was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Cody Brinkley. Masks and social distancing were encouraged.

The burial followed in the church cemetery. Friends joined the family at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gates County Rescue & EMS, 016 US Hwy 158 East, Gatesville, NC 27938; or to the Gates Volunteer Fire Dept., 459 Gates School Road, Gates, NC 27937.

Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, is assisting the family with arrangements, and online condolences may be made by visiting