Earl Anton Winston, 84, of rural LaMonte, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at The Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Blackwater Chapel United Methodist Church in rural LaMonte with Pastor Stacie Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to Blackwater Chapel United Methodist Church, National Horseshoe Pitchers Foundation or Crossroads Hospice. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born June 4, 1927, in rural Knob Noster, he was the son of the late E. Wayne Winston and Leona Wheeler Winston. On June 10, 1960, he married Vicki Chapelle who survives of the home. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Sweet Springs High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving a tour of duty in Korea. Following his discharge from the Army he attended University of Missouri where he earned a degree in Agriculture. He and Vicki began a lifetime of working together in their farming operation at rural LaMonte. He was a life-long member of Blackwater Chapel United Methodist Church, serving in numerous capacities through the years, and served as a lay speaker to many churches through the years. He served on the Pettis County R-1 School Board, was a Democratic Committeeman and was an avid horseshoe pitcher most of his life. He served in several capacities as a member of the Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association and National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Keith Winston of Kansas City and Carl Winston of Sweet Springs; four grandchildren; four sisters: Ida Ann Guier of Blue Springs, Helen Cunningham of Warrensburg, Clara Fisher of Raytown and Mollie Brant of Knob Noster; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rosie Shannon.