9:39 AM PT — Oprah released a stunning tribute to her late father — a video from her July 4th party for him, featuring a friend, the gospel singer. Wintley PhippsPlacing his hand on Vernon’s shoulder, he prayed to God to stand by Vernon “as he goes into the light.”
She captioned the video, “Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022” … and added that her father “felt the love and rejoiced in it until he couldn’t speak. Yesterday I was a witness at his bedside with the family. Take his last breath, man responsible for my life. He will be gone.” When we could feel the silence entering the room.”
Oprah He mourns the death of his father Vernon WinfreyHe died after a battle with cancer.
One of Vernon’s longtime employees confirmed to TMZ that he died Friday night in East Nashville, TN. First a local city council member broke the news to Nashville’s WKRN.
Now in what seems like a foreboding move, Oprah was in town last weekend to celebrate her father.
He surprised Vernon Winfrey on July 4 by organizing Appreciation Day … an opportunity to thank the community for Vernon’s service as a former city councilman and longtime local businessman.
As Oprah said, “My father is sick, so we wanted all of his friends to come and celebrate him when he gets happy. So we’re doing that.”
As his friends and family celebrated him, Vernon, fittingly, sat in a barber’s chair in the middle of a backyard barbecue.
She owned and operated Winfrey Barber & Beauty Shop for more than 50 years — and was loved by the community. One of his employees told us.[Vernon] I’ll give you the shirt off his back.”
Vernon’s daughter is not shy about how proud she is of him, and she has long celebrated his accomplishments.
When Oprah hosted her daily talk show, Oprah took her cameras with her dad to visit his company.
Leading up to Monday’s celebration, it was clear how excited she was to plan the event.
Oprah said she was “getting back to my Nashville roots” as she posted several videos and photos of herself preparing for a BBQ with family members.
You may remember … her mother, Vernita Lee, passed away Again in 2018 at the age of 83.
Speaking about her father earlier this week, Oprah said she wanted to make sure to give him his flowers while he was still here and couldn’t have done it better.
Originally published — 9:09 AM PT