Sharon Denise Winstead

Sharon Denise Winstead

Sharon Denise Winstead
April 3, 1967 – November 10, 2022

Sharon Denise Winstead, 55,  of Wendell passed away suddenly Thursday night, November 10, 2022. Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Larry Wayne Winstead and her beloved dog, Broozer; her grandmothers Lillian Baker & Ethlene Winstead, grandfathers Johnny Baker & David Lee Winstead and several Aunts & Uncles.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at East Wake Church of God, 2709 NC-97, Eagle Rock/Wendell.  Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon.

Visitation will be held 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Monday, November 14, 2022 at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Wendell.

She was survived by her mother, Shirley Jean Winstead and brother David Alan Winstead, of the home;  brother Dennis Wayne Winstead (Phyllis) of Swansboro; nieces, Christie Winstead of Wendell; Tammy Hopkins (Chris) of Middlesex, Amber Christiansen (Nick) of Cary;  nephews, Austin Winstead (Jordan) of Princeton, Avery Pilkington (Brittany) of Morehead City; great-nieces Alyssa, Addison, Sofia, Rikki, Paris & Tilly Jean and great-nephews Coastyn, Jackson & Raiden.

Sharon was a graduate of North Carolina State University with degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She advocated for battered women and worked in the past with Interact in Raleigh and Duke.  While Sharon did not have children, everyone who knew her knew how much she loved her dog, Isis. She loved Duke Basketball, WWE wrestling and the Dallas Cowboys.  Sharon had a big personality and an infectious laugh that demanded attention in any room. While she departed her loved ones here on earth too soon, she’s rejoicing with her Mighty King and reuniting with her Daddy in heaven.

Flowers can be sent to Strickland funeral home or in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sharon’s honor to your local SPCA.

Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591.


  • Donna E Pollard Posted November 12, 2022 7:01 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Sharon. She was such a sweet, loving and caring person and she had a heart of gold. I know she will be greatly missed. She is rejoicing on the streets of gold now with Bro. Winstead. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this time.

    Donna Eatmon Pollard

  • Marie P Mitchell Mitchell Posted November 12, 2022 7:01 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for the family

  • Ed & Violet Allen Posted November 12, 2022 7:26 pm

    Our Hearts are broken from the sad news about Sharon leaving us so soon.She was just like a daughter to me.Our families were just like one big family.We will miss you Sharon! We will see you on the other side when God calls us home! RIP my sweet friend!

  • Kellie Flowers Posted November 13, 2022 2:16 pm

    My heart is broken but I know Sharon is in a better place. We are Lifelong friends from church. Zebulon Church of God and school East Wake High School. I will .miss her but I know one day I will see her again. Rest peacefully now in God’s arms. I Love You dearly and you will always be in my heart. My heart and prayers are with the family.

  • Tammy Witty Lee Posted November 13, 2022 5:39 pm

    Sharon was a wonderful caring person who could make anyone smile even if they didn’t want to.My condolences to her family and friends you all are in my prayers and thoughts she was a wonderful classmate I was honored to have known her

  • CRAIG PEARSON Posted November 15, 2022 10:58 am

    Words cannot express the devastation of Sharon’s leaving so soon. She had a personality bigger than life itself. Sharon touched so many lives with her smile and contagious laugh and I have been BLESSED to have known her during her temporary stay. Our tremendous loss is Heaven’s gain and I know she is rejoicing with her daddy. Rest in Peace Sweet Sharon, you will be sorely missed until we meet again. My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Shirley, Dennis and David and their families.

  • Trixie Perry Posted November 17, 2022 9:03 am

    Shirley, David, Dennis and family, I am sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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