NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Vernon Winfrey, known for his barber shop in East Nashville as well as being Oprah's father, died Friday night. He had been battling cancer.
He served as a Metro Councilman and also helped give a facelift to the Cleveland Park area in East Nashville. He was born in 1933 in Mississippi.
Oprah and several family members were in town on Independence Day for a day they all dubbed Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day. She posted on social media about that celebration, a backyard barbecue, held for her father and all his friends to celebrate his life while he could still receive the joy.
Oprah said the event was a surprise with the goal of hoping to make him feel loved during what was a scary time.
It’s still unconfirmed precisely what caused his death or what kind of cancer Vernon had.