NORMA STEWART WINEGEART
JANUARY 6, 1923 – APRIL 6, 2012
Norma Stewart Winegeart died in Shreveport, Louisiana on Friday, April 6, 2012 after a lengthy illness. She was 89.
Norma was born January 6, 1923 in Haynesville, Louisiana, of the marriage of Elmer Eugene Stewart and Mabel McEachern. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Russell Eugene Stewart, who died in the battle of Okinawa, and her husband the Reverend Jack Stroud Winegeart. She is survived by two children Henry Eugene (Gene) Winegeart and wife Ann of Shreveport and Sally Winegeart King and husband Gordon of Niceville Florida; grandchildren Jordan Gilbert Lyons of Ruston, Louisiana; Addie Katherine Winegeart of Charlotte, North Carolina; Lauri King Cook and husband Kevin of Orlando, Florida; Andrew Stewart King and Kristi Carol King of Niceville, Florida.
Norma attended elementary school in Monroe, Louisiana at Georgia Tucker Elementary School, in Shreveport at Barrett Street Elementary and then South Highlands before attending C.E. Byrd High School where she graduated in 1940. She then attended Centenary College of Louisiana where she was a member of the Maroon Jackets and Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She graduated from Centenary in 1944. After college, Norma worked as a secretary at First Methodist Church Shreveport from 1944-1953.
On March 27, 1953 she married the Reverend Jack Stroud Winegeart. They served United Methodist Churches for the next 40+ years first in Fayetteville, Arkansas then in the Louisiana Conference at Lake Arthur, DeQuincy, Ponchatoula, Haynesville, Horseshoe Drive in Alexandria, DeRidder, Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport, and Plain Dealing. At every place they served Norma was active in Church activities, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and leading the UMW. If there was an activity at the Church, she was there. The United Methodist Church and her family were her life.
Norma was very active in the United Methodist Women, or its predecessor organizations, all of her adult life. She first served as a member of the Wesleyan Service Guild of the Women's Society of Christian Service. She also served in District UMW offices in the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Ruston and Shreveport Districts. She was appointed UMW Conference Historian from 1979-1982, elected UMW Conference vice-president 1982-1986 and UMW Conference president from 1989-1993. She was Chair of the Committee on Nominations from 1997-1998. She said, "It has been work but it has been fun and I have enjoyed it all." Norma also served on the Methodist Conference Commission on Archives and History for two quadrennia and was Chairperson of the task group that published "Becoming One People - a History of Louisiana Methodism." Norma had been an active member of The First United Methodist Church, Shreveport and the AVN Sunday School Class since 1995.
Norma loved to travel all throughout her life making trips to Europe, Cuba, and Hawaii before she was married. Then China, a train trip across Canada and a cruise through the Panama Canal later in life.
Norma’s service to God and the church may best be summed up with Matthew 25:23 “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
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