Oprah Winfrey’s Father Vernon Passes Away Aged 89

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American host Oprah Winfrey’s Father Vernon Passes Away Aged 89. His daughter confirmed the news on her Instagram on Friday. Oprah has confirmed via her Instagram posting that her dad had died at the age of 76 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

Yesterday, as his family gathered around his bedside I had the honor of having the privilege of watching the man who made my life possible take his final breath, the media businessman wrote. The peace that we felt flooded the room after his passing.

Details regarding funeral plans were not released immediately.

Oprah Winfrey's Father Vernon Passes Away Aged 89
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This week Oprah delighted her husband by hosting a barbecue for him on the streets of Nashville on the fourth of July.

The celebration was dubbed Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day, which included a barber’s chair to celebrate his long and successful career as a barber and running his own barbershop in Nashville for more than 50 years.

Vernon was a Tennessee Metro City Council member for 16 years. He was also a trustee of Tennessee State University.

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Oprah spent her childhood in the hometown of her father Kosciusko, Mississippi, and in Milwaukee with her mother, Vernita Lee, who passed away in the year 2018. But she was also a part of her father’s family in Nashville between 7 and 9 and her teens.

If I had not been taken back to the father of my family (when I reached 14) I could have taken a different path,” Oprah told the Washington Post in 1986. “I could have been an excellent criminal. I would have had similar instincts but in a different way.

Who is Oprah Winfrey?

Oprah Gail Winfrey is the daughter of Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey on an isolated farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on the 29th of January, 1954. 

The name was thought to be Orpah Orpah, a name from the Bible However, due to the difficulty in her pronunciation and spelling, she became identified as Oprah nearly from the time she was born. 

The couple’s parents divorced shortly after the birth of their daughter and placed her in their maternal care who lived on the farm.

As a youngster, Winfrey entertained herself by “playacting” in front of an “audience” of farm animals. With the guidance of her grandmother, she began to learn to read at the age of two and two-and-a-half years old.

She spoke to her church’s congregation on “when Jesus rose on Easter Day” at just two years old. Then Winfrey was kicked out of kindergarten after writing an email addressed to the teacher at the beginning of the school year stating that she was in one of the grades. She was promoted to the third grade following that year.

At the age of six, Winfrey was sent to the north to be with the half brothers and her mom who lived in the Milwaukee Ghetto.

It was a dangerous and deprived neighborhood. At the age of twelve, she was brought to reside together with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. The family was happy and content for a short time, she began giving speeches at gatherings for friends as well as churches.

One time, she was paid the sum of five hundred dollars to give a talk. She realized then that she would like the opportunity to become “paid to talk.”

Winfrey was, once more, asked to return by her mother and she was forced to leave the home of her father.

The urban, poor lifestyle affected Winfrey as a young teen Her problems were made worse by the repeated sexual assaults, beginning at the age of nine, by males that other members of her family believed in.

Her mother had a variety of jobs and didn’t have time to supervise her children. After many years of bad conduct After years of bad behavior, Winfrey’s mother took the girl back home to be with her dad in Nashville.

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