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Minnie Lee Tyson Winborn

July 29, 1925 ~ January 12, 2021 (age 95)


Minnie Lee Tyson Winborn, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. due to complications from the Covid-19 Virus.  She was 95.  She had been residing at the Whitestone Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro for several years. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 PM at the Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville, N.C. by Rev. Steven Dunn.  The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside.

Mrs. Winborn was born in Wilson County to the late George Washington Tyson and Etta Jones Tyson on July 29, 1925.  She was raised in Elm City in Nash County and graduated from Elm City High School.  She continued her education at Greensboro College, graduating in 1946.  On July 20th, 1951 she was married to Robert Edward Winborn of Kenly N.C. They moved to Farmville around 1958 and were married for over 55 years until his passing on May 10, 2007.  In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Winborn is also preceded in death by 5 brothers and a sister.  She is survived by her sons, Robert E. Winborn, Jr. (Nancy) and David Tyson Winborn (Cynthia) and her two grandchildren, Robert E. Winborn III (Taylor) and Kelly H. Winborn.

For over 30 years, she taught school in North Carolina.  Most of that time was spent teaching 4th and 5th grades at Sam D. Bundy and H.B Sugg Elementary Schools in Farmville.   She loved teaching and was a great influence on the lives of her many students.  She is especially well remembered for the impromptu stories she told during breaks from classwork.  After she retired from teaching, she continued working with young people as a volunteer mentor in the Farmville Area Schools. 

She was a volunteer for the Salvation Army, delivered Meals on Wheels, was involved with the Farmville Literary Club and was voted Farmville Citizen of the Year when she was 83 years old.  She was a 63-year member of the Farmville United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, led Bible Study, worked in the Nursery and was always recruiting new members. 

Mrs. Winborn took up painting as a hobby after retirement and became quite good at it.  She was also a dog lover, and wrote a children’s book about her favorite dog, Reggie.  She was well known for taking long walks around Farmville, carrying dog treats to give to the many dogs that waited for her to make her rounds each day.  

She is greatly loved and will be missed by her family and friends.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church, PO Box 153, Farmville, N.C. 27828

Arrangements are by Farmville Funeral Home.  

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