Jesse is a veteran of the United States Air Force and lovingly reminisced about his time serving in Korea. He owned and operated a private security company and a training camp for dogs in the mid 1970s, and otherwise supported his family as a telephone contractor in the southeastern United States. He was known for his wit and his generosity and he loved to be the center of attention. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Jesse was the son of the late Claud E. and Inez Winstead of Sylva. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Leroy Cunningham and James Winstead; sister, Dorothy Parr; and son, Randy Oocumma.
Jesse is survived by his sister, Gail Anderson (Ray); daughters, Beth Vachon, Myra Lambert (Tommy), Karla Winstead (Jeanne), Quana Winstead (Amanda); son, Mark Winstead; and six grandchildren, Adam Kyle Lambert, Ann Toineeta, Sara Toineeta, Nikki Toineeta, Meli Winstead, and Levi Winstead. He is also survived by the mother of his children and lifelong friend, Mary Ann Winstead. In addition, he leaves behind nieces and nephews and several close friends which he considered family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jesse Winstead to Cherokee United Methodist Church, PO Box 367, Cherokee, North Carolina.