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Vernon Winfrey, Oprah's father and Metro councilman, has died

Vernon Winfrey
Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-11 11:02:45-04

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.