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“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...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: LLOYD AND JOYCE WHEDBEE

“Deepest sympathy. Doc Winston will be greatly missed by all his friends from Olde Gatlinburg Rentals and the SIdney James Mountain Lodge. ”
2 of 30 | Posted by: Sidney James Mountain Lodge - TN

“The Patterson an McCarter, send our condolences to the entire Winston family. His smiling face will be missed, but never forgotten. ”
3 of 30 | Posted by: Karen McCarter - Dandridge, TN

“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 ”
4 of 30 | Posted by: Stuart Thompson - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: CYnthia Taylor Brassfield - TN

“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...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Joe and Suzanne Mackley

“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...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Stephen T. Gudis/Beth Anne Musiker - TN

“Jerry and Barry, Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Blessings, Blake & Sarah Tarr ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Blake and Sarah Tarr

“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...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Leon Colbert OD - Hermitage, TN

“Jerry, Barry, So Sorry to here about your Dad. He had brought so many smiles to so many. Tom Hudson ”
10 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Hudson - Knoxville, TN

“I am very sorry for you loss. Harold was a good man and a great doctor. He will be missed! ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: John Potter - Dallas, TX - Friend

“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 ...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Joe Crump

“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,...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Ron and Jan Sentell - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: DOT ANDERSON - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Starla Huffaker - Powell, TN

“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...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Richard Easterday - Louisville, TN

“We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Steve and Brister Shum ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Steve and Brister Shum

“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...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Kate Broome Dahlstrand - FL

“We are so sorry for this loss. Dr Winston will be missed by us all! ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: Dr and Mrs Fred J Wright - TN

“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...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: State Rep. Joe and LeTonia Armstrong - TN

“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...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Bridget McGill - Nashville, TN

“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...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: joel and beth weinbaum - decatur, AL

“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...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Dusty Johnson - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Becky Broome - Carlsbad, CA

“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...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Broome - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Lori Davenport - Louisville, TN

“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...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Jeff Foster, O.D. - Newport, TN

“Our hearts are broken over the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Harold was a wonderful, caring and loving man...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Al and Deanna Burson - Memphis, TN

“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....Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Jean and Susan Millis - Knoxville, TN

“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...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: JULESE CEPERO - LaFollette, TN


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.