Oprah Winfrey attending Barack Obama Campaign Rally for Democratic Presidential Primary with Oprah Winfrey, The Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH, December 09, 2007 (Shutter
By Amelia Young, News Channel 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Vernon Winfrey, known for his barber shop in East Nashville as well as being Oprah’s father, died Friday night. He was 88-years-old and had been battling cancer.
He served as a city councilman here in Nashville and also helped give a facelift to the Cleveland Park area in East Nashville.
Oprah along with several family members were in town on Independence Day for a day they dubbed Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day. She posted on social media about that celebration, a backyard barbecue, held for her father and all his friends to celebrate his life while he was still able to receive the joy.
Oprah said the event was a surprise and with the goal of hoping to make him feel loved during what was a scary time.
It’s still unconfirmed exactly what caused his death or what kind of cancer Vernon had.