Earl Henry Winchester

Life Story: Earl Winchester

Posted by Joan Harvey, The Oregonian Joan Harvey, The Oregonian –> July 25, 2009 09:00AM

Earl Henry Winchester

Born: Oct. 5, 1921, in Kinsley, Kan.

Died: July 11, 2009, in Portland

Survivors: Wife, Virginia B.; daughter, JoAnn “Jody”; sons, James, Phillip and Peter; sisters, Mellow Dee Barnett, La Verna Fuller, Dorothy Marshall, Elva June Terry, Norma Kennedy; and one grandchild

Service: Has been held

Remembrances: Bethel A.M.E. Church

Earl Winchester in concert at Wilshire Methodist Church in 1979.

One Sunday morning in 1979, Earl Winchester stood in Wilshire Methodist Church in Northeast Portland and lifted his voice in song.

It was a brooding, woeful concert of what he called Negro spirituals, sung in the traditional way he insisted on, a lone male voice with simple piano accompaniment. The tall, distinguished-looking man was dressed in an impeccable gray suit and wine-colored tie, his demeanor and voice echoing his deep religious conviction and the heritage he knew so well.

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One Response to Earl Henry Winchester

  1. Cora Elizabeth says:

    What a rich, full life!!

    Thank you for reporting on “our” history. It’s very important that our history is acknowledged just as is the history of others!

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