Frances Winfree Sylvester

Born in Jackson, Mississippi on January 5, 1923

Departed on December 12, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Frances Sylvester- Age 96, December 12, 2019.

Preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John Sylvester; son, John Sylvester-Johnson; parents, Frances and Jerome Henry.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Wilson (David); grandchildren, Stephanie Laster (Jason), Andrea Bledsoe (Keith), Anders Sylvester-Johnson (Stephanie) and Jon Kara Shields (Anna); 15 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Joy Sylvester Johnson; sister, Patricia Cook (Merv); brother, Jerome Henry, Jr.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was a strong, intelligent and independent woman. She loved foreign languages and traveling. She loved to be with her grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Oakland Memorial Gardens in Birmingham, AL. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Bellevue, TN.
Memorials may be made to The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Bellevue Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.

3 Comments to Frances Winfree Sylvester

  1. Patsy Lee McLean Vaughan
    December 16, 2019 12:35 am

    Cousin Peggy was the cousin of my mother, Virginia Winfree McLean. Virginia died in 2001. She and Peggy were born the same year, 1923. When World War II broke out, Peggy, Virginia, and Virginia’s sister, my Aunt Mary Catherine Thompson, who still lives in New York, went to work at Western Union as teletype operators. The three girls from Birmingham traveled around the U.S. to work in various Western Union offices as needed: Brooklyn, San Diego, Miami. My mom dated a Big Band conductor whose name escapes me. Mary Catherine probably remembers his name. When the three girls walked into a venue looking drop dead gorgeous, where the guy’s band was playing, the band always played “Stars Fell on Alabama”,
    For the past ten years at least, Peggy and I have emailed each other from time to time – family updates, etcetera. Peggy’s interest, intelligence, and current affairs knowledge always impressed me. It was fun getting to know her mature self via email, and her interest in my family, plus her detailed memory, were gratifying. I will miss those emails, but I know someone is playing and singing, “Stars Fell on Alabama” in Heaven right about now.

  2. Susan Chamblee McCutchen
    December 16, 2019 8:16 am

    What a wonderful Christian, mother, and neighbor. Fond memories of our neighborhood and church. May God give Suzanne and her family, peace and love.

  3. Donna Joy McLean Cleveland
    December 21, 2019 12:36 pm

    I became good friends with Peggy about 15 years ago and usually trird for overnight visit on my way to Memphis to see my daughter and her family. I believe we perused all of her photo albums twice during that time. She had an endless supply of stories about her family and my mother and her family and lots of photos. Her father was my grandmother’s brother (pretty sure). The last time I was there we went to her Y exercise class and I could not keep up wirh her. When we got home she beat me easily at a game of scrabble — a game I am good at. I couldn’t beat Aunt Mary Catherine at scrabble either, though, or Mama. This is such a beautiful photo of my friend, Peggy. I consider her one of my dearest friends. I will miss our visits. I like to think of her with her beloved husband and parents now, and my parents too. I know we’ll meet again.

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