Relaxation in peace. Oprah Winfrey’s father Vernon Winfrey handed away on July 8, 2022, after battling most cancers. Oprah revealed that her dad handed in an Instagram video publish and honored him in one of the best ways she might.
The Instagram video featured her father at a yard occasion and Oprah’s buddy and gospel singer Wintley Phipps sang for him. “Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022,” she captioned the publish. “Lower than per week in the past we honored my father in his personal yard. My buddy and gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with tune. He FELT the love and reveled in it till he might not communicate. Yesterday with household surrounding his bedside, I had the sacred honor of witnessing the person answerable for my life, take his final breath. We might really feel Peace enter the room at his passing. That Peace nonetheless abides. All is nicely. Thanks in your prayers and good ideas 🙏🏾
On July 4, 2022, Oprah posted a video of her and her shut family and friends throwing her father a shock barbecue. “So, I’ve been planning a yard barbecue that’s truly greater than a yard barbecue, it’s for Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day,” she informed her buddy Gayle King who was filming the video of Oprah in entrance of a banner that stated “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day.”
Oprah revealed that the occasion was a complete shock for her father as she gushed to Gayle about what was occurring. “He doesn’t even know that is for him. He thinks it’s a Fourth of July factor he doesn’t even realize it’s for him. As a result of my father is in poor health and so we wished to have the ability to have all of his buddies come and rejoice him whereas he is ready to obtain the enjoyment, in order that’s what we’re doing receiving the enjoyment.” She captioned the video, “Giving my father his ‘flowers’ whereas he’s nonetheless nicely sufficient to scent them. Glad 4th of July as you collect with your loved ones and buddies. Keep in mind to rejoice one another 💐”
In June 2021, Oprah spoke with Individuals about her father whereas selling her present Honoring Our Kings, Celebrating Black Fatherhood. “I had a father who took accountability for me, although he knew I might have been any individual else’s little one,” she stated. “My mom and father by no means married. That they had intercourse one time. He will get a letter after I’m born saying, ‘Ship cash. You may have a daughter.’ And the rationale he did, he stated, is as a result of it might have been him. And the accountability that he took for me, not only a accountability however care and love and path and help as a younger teenage lady, is the factor that made the distinction in me being who I’m now or any individual you’ll have by no means, ever heard of.
She continued, “I noticed that time and again in my father’s barbershop. Males would are available in, hardworking males, doing every part they might of their lives to help their households, working generally two and three jobs to try this,” she continued. “In order that’s the story I do know of Black fathers — those I grew up with and the person I do know. The narrative of the absentee father, it’s not correct that that’s the solely image. That’s what I wish to say.”