September 20, 1948 ~ July 27, 2022

Born in: Washington, DC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Stephen Michael “Mike” Winston of Asheville passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2022. Born in Washington, D.C. Mike attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria and began his employment with the U.S. Postal Service in Merrifield, VA.

Mike enlisted in the Navy and served four years. For his service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Meritorious Commendation Award.

He moved to Asheville in 1973 where he finished his education at A-B Tech and WCU. He was reinstated at the Post Office and worked there until his retirement.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Doris Winston of Asheville. He is survived by his son David (Hope) of Hickory, sister Jean Bishop (Doug) of Marion, nephew Jeremiah Bishop (Tabitha) of Boiling Springs, SC, niece Moleta Bishop of Marion, great niece Grace Bishop, and great nephews Aiden and Jackson Bishop.

Pastor Creed of Temple Baptist Church, where Mike attended, will conduct the service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, at Groce Funeral Chapel on Patton Avenue. Burial will follow at the Western Carolina Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Baptist Church, 76 Hawkins Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

A special thank you to the EMS, Mission ER, and especially to the “Good Samaritan.”


Funeral Service: August 3, 2022 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: August 3, 2022 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Praying for you and your family, Jean. I did not know you and Mike were siblings. He was a really kind man, always asking how Anthoni was doing, and asking what he could do for him. I enjoyed talking with him in times of fellowship at Temple.
    May God be Your comfort in the way only He can.🙏
    God loves you, Jean! ✝️🌹 And He loves Mike! 🤗

  2. Mike was a very special, kind, gentle person at the Asheville Ballroom. I watched him having his dance lesson the day before he died. He had the biggest smile on his face !! His last words with me that Tuesday were ” save a rumba for me !” ( at the next dance).


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