Winnie Hendricks-Ware Dunson was born September 18, 1924 to the parentage of the late Johnny B. Hendricks and Sarah Francis Phillips-Hendricks-Ransby.
She first joined in marriage with the late Samuel L.C. Ware; to this union four children were born: Johnny, Sarah, Jimmie Mae and Elnora.
Together they raised two granddaughters as their own, Monica Rogers-Smith and Angela Rogers-Thomaston.
Several years after the death of her beloved first husband, Winnie was joined in holy matrimony to the late M.C. Dunson, and also shared her love with his ten children and grandchildren.
Winnie was united in Christian faith with the Heard Wesley United Methodist Church at an early age. She was a very active member and continued to work in the House of the Lord until her health failed. She loved working for the Lord and often attended her husbands churches, Ebenezer and Friendship Baptist Church, where she worked diligently.
She always strived to make a better life for herself and others. She loved children. Throughout her life she touched the lives of so many.
In the mid 40’s she taught school at Corinth and Mt. Carrie schools in Heard County, both one-room schools. Later she worked as a cook at the Mary Johnson and Heard Elementary schools until she retired. She was a part of the “village” that helped raised the child.
She passed away on February 12, 2017.
Winnie was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her only sister Gertrude, only son Johnny, granddaughter Monica and great-granddaughter Ebonee.
She leaves to cherish her memories Sarah (Willie) Almond, Jimmie (Hollis) Jones, Elnora (Barry Sweet), 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, her special aunt Nellie Ruth Hendricks-Wood and a host of relatives and friends.
Also, Taron, Tenecia and Aundre lovingly refer to her as “grandma.”
The Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Heard Wesley United Methodist Church in Franklin. Rev. Alpheia Murray will officiate and burial will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home of Lagrange is in charge of the arrangements.