Dr. Harold Julian Winston

  • Born: November 19, 1919
  • Died: December 19, 2011
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Tribute & Message From The Family


Winston, Harold Julian, died December 19, 2011 at home, where his family kept a bedside vigil for the six weeks of his illness. He often said, "Every day past three-score and ten is a gift." We are grateful for twenty-two years of gifts for this man who lived his days as if every breath was a gift. For over 69 years, he was the devoted husband of Rebecca Salky Winston. Father to Jerry M. (Lisa), Larry I. (Barbara), Barry A. (Annette), all of Knoxville, and Susan R. (Mark Young) of Memphis. Grandfather to Trent, Brett (Kelly), Johnathon (Jessica), Andrea, Samuel (Lea) and Alexander (Jessie) Winston, Robyn (Kozaburo) Tomioka; and Jennifer, Margo and Winston Young (Suzy's). Great-grandfather of Gaia, Braden, Jack, Noah and Ruby with another great-grandchild due in February. No one who married into the family was allowed to call themselves "in-law". To him, all of us were his children or grandchildren. He also leaves a number of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, and dear friends, Regina Evans and Rabbi Howard and Rona Simon. He was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 19, 1919, and was the son of Henry Weinstein and Bessie Rolnick Weinstein. His sister, Leona Weinstein Kessler, predeceased him in July of this year. A 1941 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, he established practice in Knoxville in 1942, and inspired two sons and one grandson to follow in his footsteps. He had the joy of joining his son onstage at his alma mater to present his grandson the Doctor of Optometry in May 2011, ensuring a third generation to carry on the practice. All four of his children worked in the practice at some point in their careers. He was proud of all of his children and grandchildren and everyone who knew him knew that he devoted his life to the happiness of his family and home, to wisdom, service to community, integrity, and enterprise. He was a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and a Fellow of the Tennessee Academy of Optometry. He served as President of the Tennessee Optometric Society. He was an active member of Temple Beth El for all of his married life and held every office there, including serving as President twice and chairing the Building Committee for the current location. He was an active member of the Arnstein Jewish Community Center, serving in every office, including its President and as Chairman of the Building Committee of the present location. He also was active in the Junior Chambers of Commerce, where he served as an officer and Honorary Vice President, was President of two Lions Clubs, and was active in the Democratic party, even running for State Legislature in the early 1970s. People all over Knoxville who knew him will remember him for his ready smile, his gentle touch, his caring nature, and his Werther's original candy, which he gave to everyone he encountered every day. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Temple Beth El with Rabbi Beth Schwartz officiating. Burial to follow at New Jewish Cemetery. Pallbearers are his grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be made to Temple Beth El, 3037 Kingston Pike, 37919; the Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Dr., 37919 or to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

We extend our Sympathy to Harold's family. Harold was a long-time client of ours and neighbor at Olde Gatlinburg Place. We will miss his smile and his "candy". Each time he came to our office was a pleasant visit. Harold was a fine man who enjoyed life and shared that joy with everyone.
Lloyd and Joyce Whedbee
Whedbee Insurance Agency

Posted by LLOYD AND JOYCE WHEDBEE    January 10, 2012

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Deepest sympathy. Doc Winston will be greatly missed by all his friends from Olde Gatlinburg Rentals and the SIdney James Mountain Lodge.

Posted by Sidney James Mountain Lodge - Gatlinburg, TN   December 22, 2011

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The Patterson an McCarter, send our condolences to the entire Winston family.
His smiling face will be missed, but never forgotten.

Posted by Karen McCarter - Dandridge, TN - Friend   December 22, 2011

Jerry,Barry

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. His smile and charm will be missed by all.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Stuart Thompson - Knoxville, TN   December 22, 2011

To all the Winstons, I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with you all 30+ years ago. I had just recently reconnected with the practice and got to see Dr. Harry in person. PLease know that you're in my thoughts. He was a wonderful man.

Posted by CYnthia Taylor Brassfield - Knoxville, TN - former employee   December 22, 2011

Harold will be long missed. Always a smile, always and handshake and always friendly. We are proud to have known this kind neighbor.
Kindest Regards,
Joe and Suzanne Mackley

Posted by Joe and Suzanne Mackley - neighbor and friend   December 21, 2011

Our family has lost a loved one who has been with us through every phase of all our lives. Dr Winston began at my parents wedding in 1950. He was a dear Friend to the Gudis/Taylor family and attended every occasion that was held for 60 years. My parents consider He and Becky their best friends in the world. My father had his best days of fun, card games and sporting activities with Dr Winston. No one has my Dads respect more than he did. My Mothers love for Becky is like one of a sister that she never had. The Winston Family is the true meaning of Jewish Family.
Our prayers of peace and love to all that are effected by this great loss, to everyone he meet and cared for we care for about you. Thank you God for Harold Winston as our family would have not been the same without his love and respect. All our thoughts go to the children and grand children that carry the Winston name forward with the highest respect. Rest in Peace for the good deeds you performed.

Posted by Stephen T. Gudis/Beth Anne Musiker - Nashville, TN - Friend   December 21, 2011

Jerry and Barry,

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Blessings,
Blake & Sarah Tarr

Posted by Blake and Sarah Tarr    December 21, 2011

What a friendly smile and a warm handshake to a scared rookie Optometrist at his first convention thirty-seven years ago which now seems like only yesterday. At every convention or meeting since that day, he always made me feel like I was one of his boys. God bless you Jerry and Barry, there's a whole bunch of us guys out here that loved him too.

Leon

Posted by Leon Colbert OD - Hermitage, TN - Friend and colleague   December 21, 2011

Jerry, Barry,

So Sorry to here about your Dad. He had brought so many smiles to so many.

Tom Hudson

Posted by Tom Hudson - Knoxville, TN - Freind   December 21, 2011

I am very sorry for you loss. Harold was a good man and a great doctor. He will be missed!

Posted by John Potter - Dallas, TX - Friend   December 21, 2011

So sorry to hear about your loss. We have all truly lost a Gentleman friend and Optometry has lost an outstanding ambassador. May God comfort your
family at this time.

Posted by Joe Crump    December 21, 2011

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I have known Harold for the past six years as a neighbor and friend at Plantation Springs. We have played cards together at the community center, taken pictures together at community gatherings, and shared an interest in photography. Harold encouraged me to pursue photography as a life-long passion through loan of books, his prompting me to join a photography club, and to take classes at U.T. and Pellissippi State Community College. Also, he had great stories of his early award winning photos and his brief venture into wedding photography. Harold was a great role model on a life well lived. He always had a twinkle in his eyes, a smile, and an encouraging word. He will be missed and remembered. . . . Ron Sentell

Posted by Ron and Jan Sentell - Knoxville, TN - Neighbor and friend   December 21, 2011

I USED TO BE DR. WINSTON PATIENT. I MENTIONED MY GRAND MOTHER WAS HOME BOUND AND HE ASK HER NAME AND ADDRESS AND WENT OUT AND CHECKED HER FOR GLASSES. HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD. BLESS THIS FAMILY
DOT ANDERSON

Posted by DOT ANDERSON - Knoxville, TN - none   December 20, 2011

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I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out my Mom had seen him many, many years ago for her vision exams. She has fond memories of him. I did not personally know him, but I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Barry Winston, Dr. Jerry Winston and Dr. Samuel Winston last week. His wonderful legacy will live on with them. They are all so very kind and have genuine smiles. Please know I am sending my deepest sympathies, and prayers to you all. I hope your memories of him as a great man give you comfort at this sad time and help you all to celebrate his wonderful life.

Posted by Starla Huffaker - Powell, TN   December 20, 2011

Barry,
I wish I had words that could comfort you, but none the less, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. I lost mine five years ago and think about him every day. May God be with your family in this time of grief.

Posted by Richard Easterday - Louisville, TN - High School friend of Barry's   December 20, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you at this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Steve and Brister Shum

Posted by Steve and Brister Shum    December 20, 2011

Dr. Winston was a gracious and kind man. Growing up, I always enjoyed running into him and engaging in conversations with him. He and his family were and are one of the most endearing aspects of my childhood. His passing leaves this world a little emptier, however the life he lived will persist in our memories and his legacy is one of kindness and giving.

Posted by Kate Broome Dahlstrand - Delray Beach, FL - Neighbor and Friend   December 20, 2011

We are so sorry for this loss. Dr Winston will be missed by us all!

Posted by Dr and Mrs Fred J Wright - Sweetwater, TN - Optometrist   December 20, 2011

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We extend our deepest condolences to the Winston family. Our hearts are heavy for you regarding the loss of your dear Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by State Rep. Joe and LeTonia Armstrong - Knoxville, TN - Friends of Family   December 20, 2011

Dr. Winston was a great man, father, grandfather and Optometrist. I am glad that I had the opportuity to work with him and to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Bridget McGill - Nashville, TN - Friend   December 20, 2011

Moving to Knoxville in 1971 to start a job with the TVA, and joining the Temple about the same time, I found your dad and Becky to be a part of a circle of very special families and leaders at the Temple. And throughout all the changes and growth in Knoxville, that positive character always shown through, no matter what. I learned a lot about humanity from your dad. jw

Posted by joel and beth weinbaum - decatur, AL - Long time friend/ acquaintance   December 20, 2011

I had the absolute pleasure of being on the recieving end of many Werther's original candies and many kind words and smiles. Dr. Harold Winston is as fine of a man as I have ever known. Cherish your memories with him - the entire Winston family will be in my prayers over the coming weeks and months.

Posted by Dusty Johnson - Knoxville, TN - Friend   December 20, 2011

Dr. Winston was the nicest man I've ever known in real life. I grew up thinking that everyone had gracious, wonderful neighbors who handed out candy because of him. My thoughts are with his family today.

Posted by Becky Broome - Carlsbad, CA   December 20, 2011

The Winston's were my neighbors for over 15years, and very loved by my children and I. If you could only choose your neighbors, they would be # 1 on the list.
Over the years he was always very helpful and very funny.
When my girls started kindergarten, one of them was diagnosed with a very serious eye problem.
I went right to Dr. Winstons office and she was seen immediately. He put our fears to rest and today she is 33yrs old and her sight is fine.
The Winstons are the kindest people I've ever met.
I will never forget him or the bowties.
Just knowing him was a blessing.
Becky, my heart breaks for you and the family.

Posted by Nancy Broome - Knoxville, TN - friend   December 20, 2011

Jerry, Lisa, Jon, Jess, Brady & Jack~

When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help you find your smile.
Memories are the legacy of love.
Thoughts & Prayers are with you all.

Posted by Lori Davenport - Louisville, TN   December 20, 2011

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Dear Jerry, Barry, and Sam,

Dr. Harold befriended me early in my career and I shall never forget him. He made me so welcome at my first visit to ETOS. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family in this sad time. I look very forward to seeing each of you soon.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Foster, O.D. - Newport, TN - friend and colleague   December 20, 2011

Our hearts are broken over the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Harold was a wonderful, caring and loving man who made you feel so welcome whenever you were with him. He welcomed me, (Deanna) into his wonderful family with loving arms and I always felt so at home with his amazing family. We feel so lucky to have known and loved Harold.
Deanna and Bubba

Posted by Al and Deanna Burson - Memphis, TN - brother and sister in-laws   December 20, 2011

DEAR BECKY AND FAMILY,

HAROLD WAS A WONDERFUL, FRIENDLY PERSON WHO WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY. HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A FRIENDLY SMILE FOR ALL.

BECKY, I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS WHEN YOU LOOSE YOUR HUSBAND SO IF THERE IS A TIME YOU WANT TO TALK OR IF I CAN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU PLEASE
LET ME KNOW.

Susan and Jean Millis

Posted by Jean and Susan Millis - Knoxville, TN - friend   December 20, 2011

DEAR BECKY AND FAMILY,

THINKING OF YOU AND WISHING YOU STRENGTH IN THE DAYS AHEAD;
MAY HIS MEMORY BE A BLESSSING.

WITH LOVE, JULESE AND RALPH CEPERO

Posted by JULESE CEPERO - LaFollette, TN - friend   December 20, 2011