Clarence A. Winn, Jr.

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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GATES, NC – Clarence Aubrey Winn, Jr., 72, of 146 Gates School Road, died Saturday, August 29, 2020 in Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, VA.

Mr. Winn was born in Petersburg, Virginia on April 26, 1948, and was the 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, VA where he worked for 27 years. While at IP, he was on the HazMat & Emergency Response Team.

Community involvement included many years of service and retirement from both the Gates County Rescue & 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 had 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 step-mother, 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.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 1 in Reynoldson Baptist Church, conducted by his pastor, The Rev. Cody Brinkley. The burial followed in the church cemetery.

Friends may join 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 Street, Gatesville, assisted the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made by visiting