Nettie Bell Winston

                    February 20, 1941  -  December 3, 2009

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Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie P. Winston age 68 of Natchitoches will be held on Saturday December 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Ben D. Johnson Auditorium. Interment will follow in Carver Memorial Cemetery, Shreveport, LA. Visitation will be held on Friday December 11, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at the First B.C. North Street.


Nettie Bell Perkins Winston was born to Andrew Lee and Irene Perkins in Jennings, Louisiana on February 20, 1941. She joined both her parents at her passing on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by one brother Ervin Lee Perkins.

Sister Winston accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and joined Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Jennings, LA, where the Rev. Jeff Peterson served as Pastor. After moving to Natchitoches, Louisiana, Sister Winston joined First Baptist Church, North Street, where she served as a faithful member of the Usher and Deaconess Boards.

Sister Winston was educated in the public schools of Jefferson Davis Parish and graduated from Jefferson-Davis High School, Jennings, Louisiana in 1959. She continued her education at Grambling State University where she received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and the Master’s Degree in Education from Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. Further study was completed at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana where she certified in Early Childhood Education.

Nettie married the love of her life, John E. Winston, on February 8, 1964. To this union four children were born: John Jr., Anastasia, Victor and Marcus Aurelius. They have shared a happy marriage for forty-five (45) years and ten (10) months.

Sister Winston began her years of tenure as an educator in Jefferson Davis Parish School System where she taught for three years. After moving to Natchitoches in 1967, she taught one year in the Natchitoches Parish School System where she was assigned to Cloutierville High School. From 1968-1974, Nettie was Director of the full year Headstart Program for Natchitoches and Desoto Parishes, In the Fall of 1974, Nettie was employed by the Natchitoches Parish School System as a Kindergarten teacher and was assigned to Weaver Elementary, where she taught for several years. Later, Nettie transferred to North Natchitoches Elementary School and remained in that capacity until her retirement in May, 2003 after thirty-eight (38) years of service.

Nettie had a heartfelt passion for the nurturing and the teaching of her students. Many of her former students have expressed much respect and love for the kindness and genuineness shown during their early developmental years. She loved all of the children whose lives she touched as a dedicated educator. She would consistently rise early and stay late to make certain that all necessary preparation was made for the benefit of her students that she perceived as her own children.

Nettie’s life in the Natchitoches community has been filled with service in a support role to her husband’s community involvement. She truly loved and cherished every moment spent in that capacity. Civic and professional affiliations were varied and included active and contributing membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Natchitoches Retired Teachers Association, Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, Natchitoches Parish Voters & Civic League, and Grambling State University Alumni Association.

As a mother, Nettie always put her children first. She was careful to be sure they received the love and attention needed to foster healthy, functional adults. As a grandmother, Nettie was steadfast in love and support of all ten (10) grandchildren.

The legacy of Nettie’s life will be cherished by her devoted and loving husband and soul mate, John E. Winston, Sr., of Natchitoches, LA. Four children; John E. Winston, Jr. (Laura) of Houston, TX; Anastasia Duane Winston of Irving; TX, Victor Gerod Winston (Mary) of Austin, TX; Marcus Aurelius Winston (Nicole)of Opelousas. Three sisters: Vera Abraham of Jennings, LA, Mary Sonnier of Natchitoches, LA and Barbara Ann Williams of Jennings, LA. Six brothers; Paul Perkins (Ruthie) of Jennings, LA; Peter Perkins (Ruby) of Monroe, LA; Earl Perkins of Jennings, LA; Herbert L. Perkins (Alma) of Alexandria, LA; Donald Perkins and Ben Ray Perkins of Jennings, LA. One brother-in-law, Berle Winston, Sr (Lorine) of Bossier City, LA. Sisters-in law: Vencine Gamble Palmer of Shreveport, LA; Lacyne Walker Gamble (Rev. George Gamble) of Shreveport, LA and Omaha, TX; Nettie Pearl Barton of Charleston, South Carolina; Corine Tanner of Shreveport, LA; Merle Chivis (Memphis Bruce) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Cynthia C. Johnson-Winston of Fort Worth, Texas. Two aunts: Annie Mae Levy of Roanoke, Louisiana; Ella Mae Cormier of Jennings, Louisiana, Godfather and cousin, Clarence Lewis of Jennings, LA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and spiritual children. Throughout her lifetime she established many friendships. However, there are select true friends that will cherish her memory and love for the remainder of their lifetime.

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Born: February 20, 1941

Death: December 3, 2009

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Winnfield Funeral Home- Shreveport