1923 ~ 2019
Date of death: March 11, 2019
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Winton family. Euba's earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be anymore pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mother Euba Winton.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Euba Harris-Winton, 95, heard the Master's call to enter His kingdom on Monday afternoon, March 11, 2019. Euba entered this world on June 26, 1923 to Rev. Daniel Haven Edward Harris and Martha T. Hill Harris, in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She was the eldest of three girls born to this union. Her sisters Aloise Harris Halley and Doris Jean Harris, along with her parents, brother, and sisters from her father's ﬁrst marriage, preceded her in death.
Euba's early life was given to God and set the course for her life's work. Her education included Howard Elementary and Lincoln High School, where she was an avid participant of and excelled in sports. After graduation, she attended Philander Smith College. She returned to the Fort Smith area to start raising a family of ﬁve girls Sandra Faye Waters Thompson of Victorville, CA, Gwenetta Marie Moore McElroy of Vallejo, CA, Vera Louise Moore Shepherd (Benny), Anthonette Revella Moore Oreggio (deceased), Erika Danielle Winton Walker (McArthur), all of Fort Smith, AR; ﬁve sons Jeﬀrey Dean Matthews of Fort Smith, AR, Bishop Jonathan Doyle Keaton I (Beverly) of Springﬁeld, IL, Jerry Harris Dickerson Sr. (deceased) of Bakersﬁeld, CA, Reginald Elliott Moore of Fort Smith, AR, and Edward Daniel Winton of Tampa, FL.
In 1970, the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC) developed a breakthrough outreach mission ministry, the Black Community Developers program and hired Mrs. Euba to lead the program, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Under the local leadership of Rev. Ulysses Richard Preston and the now defunct Mallalieu United Methodist church and now Mission UMC, Euba brought attention to the atrocities facing not only the black community, but the plight of the poor, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised.
During her 27 years as a community developer, she helped to enrich lives of all who walked through the community development center and met with city, state, presidents, and world leaders. A devout member of her local United Methodist Women's organization, she was elected to lead the North Arkansas UMW. Because of her progressive leadership, she was selected by the UMC in 1984 to represent the church at the End of the Decade for Women in Nairobi, Kenya.
Throughout the years, Euba has participated on numerous boards, agencies, and councils in the church and local community. She was appointed by Governor David Pryor to complete the unexpired term of Donald Carter as Justice of the Peace, while Carter was away from the city. Honored and respected by many groups for her multiple accomplishments, she has received many awards and honors across the United States. Ms. Harris-Winton is a lifelong United Methodist and a member of the Mission UMC.
She leaves to celebrate her home going four daughters Sandra, Gwenetta, Vera, and Erika; four sons Jeﬀrey, Jonathan, Reginald, and Edward; twenty-three grandchildren Thomas, DWayne, Leslie, Terry, Jonathan II, Tandreka, Anaya, Jerry Jr., Demetrius, Thelonius, Nigel, Porcha, Cassandra, Benny III, Aloise, Robert, Marie, Daniel, Alicia, Matthew, MiNadja, Emmanuel, Imani; twenty-two great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; niece Marian Halley, and nephews Augusta Jr. and Brian Halley. She also leaves a devoted family friend Mamie Evans, numerous other relatives and friends.
Euba quietly departed this transitory life peacefully resting at home, with family beside her.
Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary.
Celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church 200 North 15th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904.
Committal service and final resting place will be held at the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.