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Benjamin Franklin Winters, Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Winters, Jr., 90 of Portsmouth passed away Monday, September 18, 2023 at SOMC Hospice. He was born August 28, 1933 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Winters, Sr. and Edna Ruby Winters-Ratcliff, he was a former employee of the steel mill, retired from Shawnee State University in the maintenance department, and was a US Air Force Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Louise Pyles Winters; four daughters, Theresa (Allen) McCoy, Barbara (Douglas) Winters, Patricia (Daniel) Lucas, Melinda (Brian) Dever; ten grandchildren, Freddie, Tiffany, Benjamin, Amanda, Kathryn, David, Errinn, Danielle, Madison, Kylee; fifteen great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Rendel and two sisters, Wilma and Juanita.

Funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jimmy Stewart officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to


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