Vernon Winfrey, a former Nashville city councilor and owner of a local hairdresser, has died, his daughter and TV mogul Oprah Winfrey said Saturday.
He was 88.
Heartily Instagram postOprah said her father died Friday “with family around his bed”.
“I had the sacred honor of watching the man responsible for my life take his last breath,” she said. “We could feel Peace enter the room as he passed away.”
Vernon was known in Nashville for owning Winfrey Barber & Beauty Shop and for serving as a councilor for 16 years.
Mayor John Cooper of Nashville offered his “Deepest condolences to the family of Vernon Winfreyand remembered him for “devoting his life to entrepreneurship, hairdressing, and mentoring young men in the community.”
“A veteran and deacon of the Army, he leaves a legacy of service,” Cooper added.
Oprah was recently in Nashville for the Independence Day weekend to celebrate her father’s life at a time when Vernon was battling cancer. WSMV, NBC’s Nashville Affiliate Reported†
However, Vernon’s cause of death has not yet been officially confirmed.
Oprah spent her early childhood in her father’s hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and in Milwaukee with her mother, Vernita Lee, who died in 2018. However, she also lived with her father in Nashville, between the ages of 7 and 9 and through her teens.
Associated Press contributed†