Obituary for Charles Warren Winslow

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Charles Warren Winslow

November 30, 1955 - November 11, 2017

Obituary of Charles Winslow

~~Charles W. Winslow, Jr.
Pianist, music educator, arts in education activist, seminary student

Charles W. Winslow, Jr was born November 30, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He passed away November 11, 2017, at Presbyterian Hospital to the sounds of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Charles was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a young child he was always fascinated with the way music sounded at Tyree AME Church in Philadelphia, PA and began studying classical piano at the age of 8 years old. He came to Texas in 1977 as a graduate student in the school of music at the University of North Texas.  Within one year he began a dual career as music educator for the Dallas Independent School District by day, and a performing musician by night. He continued this dual career until 1995 when he founded “The Winslow Group,” a fine arts, performance, and education consulting company.

Charles performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He was well known for his stylistic accompaniments with jazz singers and solo piano. Some of his credits include performing for the late Coretta Scott King; the Princess of Normandy; actress Shirley McClaine, Nancy Wilson, the late Nancy Hamon and the late artist Jacob Lawrence. After founding The Dallas Jazz Quartet in 1986, he had the distinct opportunity of having the quartet play during a church service at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church while accompanying Joe Williams, the late great jazz vocal legend.

Charles Winslow worked as music director, producer, pianist, music coach, and keyboard synthesist for a variety of musicals and shows such as: Guys and Dolls and Fame at BTWSPVA (Arts Magnet), Stomping at the Savoy, Fatback and Collard Greens, Five Guys Named Moe, The Two Legends – Barbara McNair and Linda Hopkins at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters; She Loves Me at the Rockwall Community Playhouse; Lady Day Live at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at the Water Tower Theatre, Addison Texas; and Journeyz Through Herzstory with Liz Mikel at the Irving Arts Center. In 2002 Charles was an arts in education
consultant for W.W. Wilson High School, Dallas Independent School District for their “Diversity in the Arts Initiative 2002.”


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Home


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

St. Luke Community United Methodist Church


5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75223

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Born: November 30, 1955
Died: November 11, 2017

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Almetta Russell posted on 11/30/-1

In memory of Charles Warren Winslow, Almetta Russell lit a candle


vicki hollins posted on 11/30/-1

Charles was an inspiration to all who met him. He was an amazing mentor to my granddaughter. Heaven has truly gained an angel. I'm sure the music being played right now is like angels singing. Rest in Heaven Charles. You will be missed.


M. Roberts posted on 11/30/-1

‘In everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6, 7) In particular, I pray for Jehovah’s spirit to give me strength. When I get really upset, I go to Jehovah and say, ‘I need more of your spirit,’ and he helps me through another day. Sometimes I cannot even articulate the words, but he gives me the strength to go on.” (Romans 8:26)


I’marhi posted on 11/30/-1

“May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again.” Psalm 34:18


Linus Spiller-Craft posted on 11/30/-1

To the Winslow family, thank you for such a beautiful visitation period and Homegoing Service. Even though I am still painfully grieving the loss of Charles, my friend of 32 years, they were both fitting memorials for a great man. I'm going to miss his presence but he'll remain in my heart always and in my ear when I'm working on creative projects. Our third musical collab was never meant to be but his spirit will stay with me as I create. Keep your chin UP and I love you all....


Mary Jones posted on 11/30/-1

To the family, We pray for your spiritual strength in the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort, comfort you as only He can during this time. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. David & Mary Jones


Mary Jones posted on 11/30/-1

I will always remember Charles for his friendly personality and his generous nature. He was always cooking and feeding someone. He loved to cook and share a good grocery store sale with his friends. He did not mind going out of his way to help someone in need. He was truly a good friend and person to know. He will always be remembered for his two passions: Jazz and good food. His presence is already a great loss to anyone that knew him. Farewell dear friend. You will truly be missed.


TaJuana Ray posted on 11/30/-1

Not seeing you on Sunday morning was definitely a reality that you are in a better place and the Lord needed you more than we did. We will miss you dearly and to the family we are just a phone call away if needed. May God continue to bless your family. The Ray Family


Ronald Corbett posted on 11/30/-1

Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Blessings to the family, be encouraged.