24 April 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel B. Winstead

S. B. Winstead Dead
Prominent Citizen of Roxboro Stricken While At Dinner With Family

Roxboro, March 15. -- Death claimed one of this town and country's leading citizens today about noon. Samuel B. Winstead, while seated with his family at dinner suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he died soon afterwards. He had been in declining health for quite a while, and had been stricken with paralysis before, but it was thought by his family and friends that his condition had improved some during the past few days, and his death came as a distinct shock not only to the members of his immediate family, but to the entire community.

Mr. Winstead was one of the most valuable and most valued citizens of Person County. He was held in high esteem as a wise and conservative man; and he not only enjoyed the unlimited confidence of his fellow citizens, but he held a rare place in their affections.

Formerly he was active and potent in the politics of the county, and for a number of terms held the office of county treasurer, a position from which he voluntarily retired. But of late years he has refrained from taking an active part in politics. While not strickly a partiisan, he was Democrat.

Mr. Winstead was a member of the Methodist Church, and his life was in accord with his professions. He was in the real sense of the word, a good man.

The deceased was in his 64th year. He leaves a widow and six children. There are three sons, Claud C. Winstead, a very successful traveling salesman; S.G. Winstead, a prominent lawyer of this place; and Clifton Winstead, a youth nearly grown. The daughters are Mrs. J.S. Merriett, Mrs. H.D. Long and Miss Ida Winstead. In addition to these he leaves a large family connection, many of whom are prominent and wealthy.

Mr. Winstead was a large property owner and leaves a valuable estate.

**Greensboro Daily News, 16 MAR 1911, PG. 7

    One Of Roxboro's Distinguished Citizens Passes

Roxboro, March 14 -- Mr. Samuel B. Winstead, one of Roxboro's most distinguished citizens died today in his 63rd year at his home from a stroke of paralysis. For some time Mr. Winstead has been in declining health, but the end came unexpectedly to his family and to his large host of friends. He leaves a wife, three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. Twice his county honored him as treasurer. He was a member of the graded school board of trustees and was executor of the late Colonel Winstead's estate. His settlement of this large estate was so wisely and satisfactorily managed that the heirs presented him with a handsome goldheaded cane. He was a constant communicant in the Methodist Church, having served as a deacon. Honest and just in his dealings with his fellowman, gentle in manner, kind & considerate to his neighbors, it may truly be said that he went the even tenor of his way, and has gone to his maker wearing as his badge the white flower of a blameless life.

**Charlotte Observer, 13 MAR 1911, Pg. 8

S. B. aka Samuel Byrd Winstead was the son of John M. Winstead and his wife, Parthena M. Walker Winstead.  Samuel married 20 DEC 1870 in Person County, North Carolina, Eda Edwards Satterfield.  Together they were the parents of 8 children - Mary, William, Claudius, Samuel, Sue, Annie, Ida and Clement.  Their daughter, Sue Satterfield Winstead died at the age of 10.   Samuel and Ida are both buried in Burchwood Cemetery, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina.

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