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Winston L. Bivins was born September 3, 1948 in Valdosta, GA to the late Margaret Bivins, the late Presider Willie B. Lewis and father figure, Jake Adkins, Sr.
He was educated in the Valdosta City School System and was a proud member of the Pinevale High School Class of 1966. Shortly after high school, Winston answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. After returning home, he continued the call of serving his fellow man through employment with Sears Roebuck Co. as a salesman where he showed himself friendly daily. Later Winston continued to serve the citizens of Valdosta and surrounding counties while being employed by Harrington Funeral Home and later Godfrey Funeral Home, LLC.
Winston was a frontline supporter of the management and staff of Godfrey Funeral Home and longest tenured employee. He was a compassionate man and quite the comedian. One never knew what witty words of wisdom, joke of the day, or story of the hour would be spoken by Him. He had charisma, personality and a smile that would charm you. He wore strength on his shoulders, respect in his arms, and love in his heart. He was indeed the epitome of the funeral director's oath: "May I not let the constant relationship and familiarity with death give me cause to yield to carelessness that into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the benefit and comfort of others. May it be granted to me to enjoy the honor, in my life and in my profession, and may I be respected by people for all time." This he demonstrated faithfully until death.
After serving his brother until death for over two months in Texas, Winston returned to us for a brief moment and then departed for his final destination on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife: Cheryl Irvin Bivins, six sisters, three brothers and one step-daughter.
He leaves his strength and presence to remain in the earth through his children: Kareem McClary, Sr. (Stephanie), Kimberly Harris Farrell (Don) and Terence Whitfield (Lucinda); two sisters: June Adkins and Ethel Douglas; nine brothers: Brooks Bivins, Alton Bivins (Brenda), Cleveland Adkins, Kenneth Adkins, Jessie Lewis, Dallas Douglas (Pamela), Ellis Douglas (Alberta), Benjamin Lewis (Barbara), Donald Lewis (Mary); six godchildren: Julius Daniels (Telicia), Jermaine Robinson, Angela and Marshun Lane, Richard and Candice Orr; special relatives: Wanda Austin, Pamela Lewis, Yvette Jones, Sheila Savage, Reggie Savage, George Bivins, Fredrick Bivins and James Bivins; a special friend: Gloria Mango; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.
The celebration of life for the late Mr. Winston L. Bivins will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 3:00pm from the sanctuary of New Life Ministries.
Pastor J. Bernard Braswell II is the pastor.
Pastor Alex Bunion will officiate.
Private Burial will follow.
Public viewing will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10:00am until 8:00pm in the Godfrey Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00pm.
Published on March 23, 2017
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