OBITUARY

Rebecca Jean Winchester

October 21, 1935August 3, 2018
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Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” J. Winchester, 82 October 21, 1935 – August 3, 2018 Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” J. Winchester, 82, passed away Friday, August 3rd at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, TX. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, NC. Officiating will be Rev. Robin Webb of Arlington, TX. Burial will follow at Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, NC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 10:00am – 11:30am. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Bud” L. Winchester and sons, Michael L. Winchester and David B. Winchester. Becky was currently living in Arlington, TX to be near her daughter and son, but always called North Carolina home. Becky loved her grandchildren deeply, never tired of talking about or with them and would gladly view their pictures time after time. She was looking forward to the birth of her second great-grandchild. Her first questions every time she saw family were about her grandchildren. She was an avid crocheter and shared her talents with people from coast to coast. Becky placed her trust in the Lord as a young mother, loved the Lord and her church family, serving in her local church as much as possible. She is survived by her daughter Diana S. Harness and husband, Dan of Arlington, TX; son, Stephen B. Winchester and wife, Donna of Arlington, TX; brother, Donald Goodwin of Dana, NC; four grandchildren, Matthew E. Harness, Melanie H. Witzke (husband, Matt), Michael D. Harness (wife Kirstie) of Cleveland, OH, Emma Winchester of Arlington, TX; and two great-grandchildren. Services entrusted to Reeves Funeral Home 3303 N. Main Street Hope Mills, NC 28348

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Don & Mary White

August 7, 2018

Don & I met Becky at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Arlington, TX. She was a very singular individual who wasn't afraid to speak her mind, & she endeared herself to us because of her characteristic of being a "real" person.
Don sometimes was asked to fill in for Bro. Webb behind the pulpit, & Becky had no qualms about letting Don know if - in her opinion - he'd taken too long or chased too many rabbits! But that was just Becky, & we're so thrilled to know that she's now in the presence of her Saviour & in no more pain, only joy!

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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Rebecca Jean Winchester, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

       She was the daughter of Bill and Mattie Godwin. Raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Tuscon, Arizona, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Rebecca was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Rebecca was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Rebecca was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Rebecca also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Rebecca was raised with Three siblings. She had two older brothers, Ronald and Donald, and one younger brother, William. Rebecca was constantly involved in activities with her family. Rebecca and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Rebecca was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Rebecca was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Rebecca was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Rebecca took part in a number of activities as a child. In her spare time she liked to read. Rebecca's memorable achievements included.

      Rebecca enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Rebecca was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Rebecca was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. Rebecca enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was shorthand and typing.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Rebecca. She was totally committed to His name was Harold, but his nickname was Bud and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Rebecca naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Rebecca disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Rebecca was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Rebecca was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Rebecca was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Rebecca was blessed with She had four children; two are living and two are deceased., Their names are Diana, Michael (deceased), David (deceased), and Stephen. They were also blessed with She has four grandchildren, Her Grandchildren's names are Matthew, Melanie, Michael, and Emma.

      If you gave Rebecca a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Rebecca was always on task. Without hesitation, Rebecca could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was as a secretary. She was employed for many years by the IRS Berean Baptist Church and West Fayetteville Baptist Church. During that time, Rebecca excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Rebecca was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Rebecca had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Rebecca liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Rebecca's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Rebecca preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were crocheting, reading, solving puzzles, and she loved war movies. Rebecca was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Rebecca often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Green Bay Packers for football, and Jeff Gordon for nascar racing.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Rebecca. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, the West Fayetteville Baptist Church, and the Tabernacle Baptist Church. During that time, she was a sunday school teacher and choir member at the Berean Baptist Church, she did volunteer work in the office at the West Fayetteville Baptist Church, and did volunteer work in the office and school for the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Rebecca had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Daytona Beach, Florida, and visiting her family in Ohio.

      Rebecca had Her favorite pet was Buttons, a Boston Terrier dog., who was her best friend for She had him for eleven years. Her family was rounded out by her cats, Sparky and Patches. Rebecca was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

      When Rebecca's retirement finally arrived in 2004, she was well prepared. She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. Her new life involved relocating to Arlington, Texas to be closer to her son. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending time with her family, making new friends at her new church, and pursuing her love of reading and crocheting. Even in retirement, Rebecca continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Rebecca passed away on August 3, 2018 at She died at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. She continued to enjoy life for many years in spite of chronic kidney disease until her body no longer had the strength to fight it. She is survived by her children Stephen and Diana; her grandchildren Matthew, Melanie, Michael, and Emma; her Great-grandchild Max; and her brother Donnie. Services were held at Reeves Funeral Home. Rebecca was laid to rest in Cumberland Memorial Gardens.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Rebecca was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Rebecca was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Rebecca Winchester was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Rebecca. She will be missed.