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Shirley P Winn

November 23, 1942 - July 4, 2023

Shirley Diane (Law) Patterson Winn entered this life on November 23, 1942, as the youngest of ten children to the late Arthur Law and Marjorie Lee Law. At age two, Shirley was adopted by two loving parents, Othelia Jones Patterson and Oscar Patrick Patterson of Roanoke, VA. She graduated from Lucy Addison High School in 1961 and attended St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA, on a choir scholarship. She returned to Roanoke, VA and continued her education at Phillip’s School of Business. She shared her strong and compassionate administrative skills with several churches and corporations, including Pilgrim Baptist Church and Allstate in Roanoke, VA and Nationwide Insurance Company in Lynchburg, VA, where she retired in 2006 after 25 years of service.

She met the love of her life and married Dr. Alfred Allen Winn, and served alongside him in ministry as the first lady and music director of many different churches: Wrightsville Baptist Church (Covington, VA), Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (Lynchburg, VA), Baptist Union Baptist Church (Dillwyn, VA), Scott Zion Baptist Church (Madison Heights, VA) and Harvest Fire FGBC (Lynchburg, VA). Pastor Winn preceded Lady Shirley in death and received his reward in 2009.

As a lifelong resident of Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Madison Heights, VA, Shirley actively engaged in several faith and civic organizations in the community, too enumerable to name. As a classically trained lyric soprano, Shirley traveled and sang nationwide, spreading the gospel through song. She often sang on television and radio programs, was a radio DJ on WTOY 1480 AM, the Soul in Roanoke station, and choirmaster. Shirley was a featured soloist for the Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Hampton Ministers’ Conference, The Gospel Three, Ordinary People, and the Winn Family Singers. Her desire was to minister to the hurting and bring souls to Christ.

Affectionately known as “Twirley,” Shirley was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, mentor, and First Lady. She leaves to cherish her memory:

Her Legacy: Mark A. Winn (Deidre), Lisa D. Winn Bryan (Richard), Kimberly D. Winn-Elliott (Eric) and Brie-David Schultz (William)

Her precious and cherished grandchildren: Cameron Winn, Kyra Winn, April Winn, Andrew Elliott, Aaron Elliott, and Stephen Schultz

Loving Cousins and Friend: Lois Brooks, Letrulia Dooley, Ted Dooley, and Eddie Booker

And…a host of nieces, nephews, adopted sons and daughters, friends and family.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 12 noon at Scott Zion Baptist Church with burial following at the Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. Winn will lie in state one hour before the service.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Sending my sincere condolences to the Winn Family. I've been reflecting on when we met many years ago on Clay St. when you all lived beside my mother, Nannie Kissee and Wanda. My girls, Robin and Wendy used to enjoyed being with you all. We loved the entire family, but we loved us some Shirley Winn. She was so good to my Mom. She had a heart of gold filled with love, and didn't mind sharing that love. I remember the days she would come over to Brookville Church to minister in song. Oh what a time we would have!!!! I don't get to see you all, but I love each of you and I never stopped loving your mom. You all keep singing, preaching and doing what you do for the Lord. Your mom and dad wouldn't have it any other way, and neither would God. Love & blessings, Gwen Campbell, Robin and Wendy.

Posted by Gwen Campbell on July 15, 2023

May God overshadow your family as you go through a new life without your loved one. We pray Gods blessings of comfort and love be with you. We will keep you in prayer. Revs. Ernest & Sherleen Scott.

Posted by Sherleen Scott on July 14, 2023

Sending prayers and love to the family. Mrs.Winn will always be remembered by her special unique voice!

Posted by Vernessa Harvey on July 10, 2023

The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today's sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God's love. I worked with Shirley at Nationwide. She was always smiling, loved to hear her laugh. Gosh - she could sing---powerful voice. Mark sending you and family my deepest condolences.

Posted by Josephine Martin (Manson NC) on July 8, 2023

Mark and family, I will always have fond memories of Shirley from NW❤️. Your Mom is a strong and beautifully unique woman and her humor got us through so many days. Oh the stories I have!!! Her love for the Lord was shared freely and I will always remember her saying when I was going through a difficult time “Girl, if God brings you to it, God will bring you through it”. So thankful this amazing woman crossed paths with me. Bless you all!

Posted by Rhonda Field on July 6, 2023

What a beautiful lady inside and out who took me under her wing when I started at NW. Much love and prayers for Mark and the families.

Posted by Betty Cavanaugh on July 5, 2023

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