Cynthia "Cindy" Winstead

05/04/1958 - 02/01/2022


Cynthia "Cindy" Winstead

05/04/1958 - 02/01/2022


Obituary For Cynthia "Cindy" Winstead

Cynthia Ann Winstead, 63, affectionately known as “Cindy” was born May 4, 1958 in Miami, Florida to the late Cecil W. and Bonita Vituschi Winstead. She was educated in the Onslow County Schools, graduating from Jacksonville High School, class of 1976 where she was named as one of Jacksonville’s “Favorites”. She proudly represented Jacksonville as “Miss Jacksonville 1977”
Cindy had been a long-time employee and friend to Boom Town Furniture, Furniture Plus, and the entire Popkin family of Jacksonville. Cindy later retired from United Airlines after 26 years of service as a flight attendant and instructor. She had a contagious, loving, and giving personality and was a loyal friend and lover of all animals.
Cindy started “Angel’s Voices”, a nonprofit organization which focused on abused children, battered women, and abused and neglected animals. She also proudly volunteered with Doctors without Borders.
A tremendous heart that knew no strangers, that was our Cindy !!
Cherished memories of Cindy will live on in the hearts of her brother, Steve Winstead of Los Angeles, California and a host of loving and caring friends.
One of Cindy’s favorite poems, “Just a Dream”
We prayed that it was just a dream, But we woke up and you were gone, Our whole world went to pieces, but we heard you saying “It’s time to be strong”
A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held Monday, April 11, 2022 in the Johnson Funeral Chapel, 2685 Henderson Drive in Jacksonville from 6 to 8 p.m.. Be sure to bring your Cindy stories to share in this celebration. In lieu of flowers, gifts to honor Cindy’s memory may be made at Condolences may be left at

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  • 05/10/2022

    Thoughts and prayers sent for the Winstead family. I knew Cindy from school, hanging around the beach, Northwoods and after school. I will never forget her making me a memorial plaque for my step dad who was one of the 1st Firefighters listed at the Memorial on HWY 258 that died fighting the huge fire that burnt for weeks off Hwy 50 in 1986. She made it years later after I had moved back to Jacksonville, NC. She also brought me a beautiful plant when my twin daughter Andrea passed in 2012. I called her and let Steve know when Pat passed away. I was saddened to miss her memorial but, it was same day as my grandson's birthday and we had already made plans out of town. RIP Cindy and Pat

  • 04/14/2022

    I'm sorry to hear of Cindy's passing. We were classmates at JSH. So happy to hear of her life's accomplishments. Heaven has gained another angel.

  • 04/12/2022

    Pleas accept my condolences Steve. I met Cindy when she was advocating for our troops as they were headed to the Gulf. We corresponded by email, but her sweet spirit and sense of purpose were evident, even over the internet. God rest her soul.

  • 04/10/2022

    I met Cindy back in 2002 when we both put our hats in the ring to run for Jacksonville City Council ward 3 to unseat a long sitting pro spending member. I called Cindy to let her know that if both of us were to stay in the race that we would split the votes and the long sitting guy would remain in his seat. Cindy, before I could even get it out said "I'm not stepping out." I said that one of us had to or it would be a moot point. She again stated "Im not stepping out, and I think I can beat him." She stated that she was like the race horse "Sea Biscuit" (the movie had just come out that year) and she was the under dog that could win it. I then told her I would step out and give my endorsement and Cindy only lost by about 40 votes. She also held a pig picking at her own expense at Wilson Bay Park to meet people in her ward and get the word out. I am very sad to know she has passed at such a young age, but Cindy is now with The King of Kings and Lord of Lords and is safely in the Hands of Him. God bless to all the knew, loved and cared for her, she was an awesome woman.

  • 04/10/2022

    I remember Cindy was a bright light, so full of energy. Everyone in high school loved her big smile and her sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  • 04/09/2022

    I was so sad to hear of Cindy's passing, she was such a bright light when we were in high-school. She was a people person and everyone knew when Cindy was around because you could always hear that infectious laugh. I can't remember her face without a big beautiful smile on it. I KNOW her family and friends will miss her but now you have an Angel watching over you and encouraging you to do right in life so you can be with her again. Cindy's probably so excited she's talking God's ear off right now telling Him about all of us not giving God a chance to Sat " Baby girl, I already know, remember I knew everything and everyone even before you were born". 😇

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