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 put up and honored him in one of the simplest ways she may.
The Instagram video featured her father at a yard occasion and Oprah’s good friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps sang for him. “Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022,” she captioned the put up. “Lower than per week in the past we honored my father in his personal yard. My good friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with tune. He FELT the love and reveled in it till he may now not converse. Yesterday with household surrounding his bedside, I had the sacred honor of witnessing the person answerable for my life, take his final breath. We may really feel Peace enter the room at his passing. That Peace nonetheless abides. All is properly. Thanks to 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 advised her good friend 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 taking place. “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 sick and so we needed to have the ability to have all of his associates come and have fun 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 properly sufficient to scent them. Joyful 4th of July as you collect with your loved ones and associates. Keep in mind to have fun one another 💐”
In June 2021, Oprah spoke with Folks about her father whereas selling her present Honoring Our Kings, Celebrating Black Fatherhood. “I had a father who took duty for me, despite the fact that he knew I may have been someone else’s baby,” she stated. “My mom and father by no means married. They’d intercourse one time. He will get a letter after I’m born saying, ‘Ship cash. You’ve gotten a daughter.’ And the rationale he did, he stated, is as a result of it may have been him. And the duty that he took for me, not only a duty however care and love and route and assist as a younger teenage lady, is the factor that made the distinction in me being who I’m now or someone 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 all the pieces they might of their lives to assist 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.”