Mrs. Willie Glenn “Honey” Winters (Gale, Hall, Whalum) was born on September 22, 1930, in Tunica County, Miss. to proud parents, the late Willie and Sarah Ann Brown. On Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in the comfort of her home and surrounded by her family, her triumphant life ended.
She was educated in the Tunica County School system and Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss. Her love and sweet character earned her the name that stuck with her from childhood, “Honey.” She was eldest of four children and was preceded in death by her sister, Beatrice Brown Miller. She is forever remembered by her sister, Rose Hartfield (John), and her brother, Ezra Brown (Florene), and her cousins, RC Shaw, Cardell Shaw and Rose Reynolds.
Firmly believing in holy matrimony, she first married at the age of 17 to Onie Gale, Jr. His life tragically ended just as they began their family after the birth of Delores and just before the arrival of Onie Gale III. She was later married to the late Elvin Winters Jr. and to this union, Cedric and Elvin III were born. She later married Wesley Hall, Sr., who is deceased. In 2003, she wed Chester Whalum, her trusted friend and companion who passed away in March 2010. She maintained that the Lord ordered her steps and throughout her life she developed a steadfast love, faith and determination that she passed on to her children and loved ones.
She was a caregiver for her mother for many years until her passing in 2007 and a teacher, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend and confidante to many. Somehow, she made each person feel loved with her listening ear and caring words of encouragement.
Having accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age, her faith tested and trust in God proven, she encouraged her children to trust God and do good. As a faithful member and servant at Scott Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, she has served as a member of the choir and the church Secretary/Treasurer for over 30 years.
Her great love for children was evident as an educator for 43 years in the Tunica County School system. She was an instructor at The Rosenwald School and then taught first grade at Rosa Fort, teaching, encouraging and touching the lives of thousands of children.
She will be sorely missed by her beloved children: Delores Gale Armstrong (Isaac), Onie Gale III (Eartha), Cedric Winters (Shirley) and Elvin Winters, III. and fondly remembered by her 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, students, friends and loved ones.
She has touched the lives of thousands of people with her warm, sweet spirit and generosity, maintaining her sense of humor and determination along the way.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Homegoing Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. with viewing from noon to 12:55 at Scotts Chapel M.B. Church at 2588 Fish Lake Rd in Tunica. Rev. Ben Pratt Jr. will officiate.