Joe Don Winders, “Tadpole”, age 74, died Monday,
February 26, 2018 at his residence in Hamilton.
Joe was born on August 21, 1943 in Hamilton,
Mississippi to James (J.K.) Kelly Winders and
Kate Cunningham Winders. Joe lived his entire
life in Hamilton, Mississippi. Joe attended
Hamilton High School. He was a member of
God blessed Joe with a mechanical talent. Joe
was the best mechanic in North Mississippi. At
the age of 9, he took parts and pieces from
Winders Garage Salvage Yard and had a car
running that he could drive, his first car. Joe
helped get the fire department in Hamilton then
helped build it. He drove the first fire truck.
The truck was very well used and Joe was the
only one who could keep it running. Joe became
co-owner of Winders Auto Parts D and J Trucking.
When Mr. George Wheyheser’s trucks and equipment
was in the area and had break downs, they would
call Joe to fix them. Joe could fix any motor
that could be fixed. He could hear a vehicle
running and tell what was wrong with it. He
could see the smoke and know what was wrong with
In April 1981, Joe was forced out of Winders
Parts and D and J Trucking and everything he had
worked for. That was when Joe and Janice started
Joe’s Trucking. Joe contracted out to Apac of
Mississippi, hauling asphalt to the campgrounds
on the waterway, Highway 82 bypass around
Columbus, Highway 45, other highways, city
streets, parking lots, wherever asphalt was
needed. In 1998, Joe got the haul to the
concrete plants in West Point, Starkville,
Amory, Aberdeen, and Severstal, hauling sand,
gravel, and limestone. Joe hauled sand to all
the golf courses north of Jackson, Mississippi.
He hauled sand to Mississippi State University
wherever they needed it: football fields,
baseball fields, soccer fields, golf courses.
At Bartahatchie Baptist Church, he helped with
the 8-12 year old Sunday School Class and helped
with Vacation Bible School. Joe love his
Bartahatchie Church family. He was always ready
to go to church and would have been there every
night if he could have.
At a young age, Joe would drive his Big Mama
(Myra Cunningham) to Gospel Singings in
Mississippi and Alabama. Joe enjoyed singing
Gospel songs on the radio as he traveled. Joe
loved Gospel Singings. He enjoyed fishing for
catfish. He enjoyed helping people. He would
give people rides, gas, or whatever he could to
help them out.
Joe loved spending time with his girls. Patches
the Cat slept with him every night and would sit
and watch television with him. J.J. Rabbit
(service animal) traveled wherever he went.
Services will be at 3:00 p. m., Friday, March 2,
2018 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in
Aberdeen with Bro. Philip Lindsey officiating.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial
Joe is survived by his wife of 37 years and
mother of their daughter, Janice Weeks Winders
of Hamilton; a son, Donny Winders of Hamilton; a
special son, Charles Wayne and Angela Winders of
Hamilton; two grandsons, Destin Winders of
Hamilton and Brady Winders or New Hope; two
sisters, Lonese and Noel Weaver of Aberdeen,
Emma and Don Ausborn of Aberdeen; two brothers,
Garland and Judy Winders of Conyers, Georgia.
Mark Winders of Kansas City, Kansas; three
sister-in-laws, Joann Winders of Fayetteville,
North Carolina, Glenda and Larry Bowles of
Houston, Texas, Peggy and Tom Burnside of Amory;
special nephew Gary and Linda Weaver of
Columbus; special family, Darla, Jeremy, Amber,
and Mia Richardson of Fox, Arkansas.
Joe was preceded in
death by his first wife of 18 years, mother of
their two sons, Betty Winders; a son, Danny
(Dan) Joe Winders; a daughter, Samantha Jo
Winders; his parents; two brothers, Dayle
Winders and James Harold Winders.
Pallbearers will be Fred Poss,Jeff Wilson, Bill
Cummings, Ray Johnson , gibs Reid, Ricky
Contributions may be made to:
Special Mission Offering
Bartahatchie Baptist Church
40512 Wolfe Road
Healing Horses Ranch
60147 South Hatley Road