Rev. Robert B. Winter, retired clergy


CONWAY, Ark. — The Rev. Robert B. Winter, 87, a retired United Methodist pastor formerly of the Mississippi Conference, died July 15, 2009 at Salem Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held July 21 at Beaman (Iowa) United Methodist Church with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Beaman. Johnston Funeral Home of Conrad, Iowa, handled arrangements.

Rev. Winter was born June 21, 1922 in Leland, Miss., to Robert Rex and Mary Brown Winter. He graduated from Leland High School in 1940 and enrolled that year at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College at Wesson, Miss. In November 1942 he volunteered for the United States Army. He was sent to the Pacific theatre of operations, serving in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.

When he was discharged from the Army in January 1946, he enrolled at Mississippi State University to study chemical engineering. While a student at MSU he felt called to God and enrolled at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. After graduating from Millsaps, he was accepted into the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree.

He was ordained a deacon in the North Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Church on June 6, 1951 and an elder on June 7, 1953. He served charges at Goodman, Dublin, Ashland, Carrolton, Vardaman and Weir and then transferred to what was then the North Iowa Conference in 1964. He served churches in six communities in that state until his retirement in 1988. After retiring he served as a supply pastor in several churches. In his last official capacity, he served several years as minister of visitation for Grace United Methodist Church in Conway.

On May 30, 1948 he married Lillye Love Kimbrough of Scott, Miss. She died August 4, 1991 after 43 years of marriage.

Survivors include: wife, Fawline Winter of Conway; son, David Winter of Gypsum, Kansas; daughter Mary Nan Christian of Farmington Hills, Mich.; brother Evans R. Winter of Conway; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.