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Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel
Friday October 28th, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel
Wednesday September 28th, 2022

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Desmond F. "Des" Winters

Winters – Desmond F., “Des”, 51, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on October 22, 2022. Born on June 11, 1971 in Johnstown, son of the late James “Don” Winters and Lois B. (Thornton) McLaurin. Preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Lewis and Elizabeth (Stephens) Thornton, and paternal grandparents, James W., Janie (Dubose) Winters, and several uncles.


He is survived by his loving daughter, Desalee R. Winters; step father, Scottie McLaurin, OK; siblings, James D. (Jacki) Thornton, South Fork, Natalie C. Smith, Johnstown, and Ryan S. (Brandi) Smith Sr., San Gabriel, CA; nieces and nephews, Ladaya, Shakor, Ryan Jr., Brendan, Marissa, Isaac, and Shyleigh; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.


Des attended Lancaster High School in TX. He was a self-employed handy man in the Johnstown area. Des attended Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church in East Conemaugh. He enjoyed boxing, lifting weights, loved music and playing with children. Des was a man of few words, but will be remembered as a giving person who loved his family dearly.


Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First Street, Conemaugh, with the Rev. Maurice Williams officiating. Private inurnment will be at Headrick Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.

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Don so sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

Susan Roles Oct 29 2022 5:17 PM

My prayers and condolences to the family. Rest in Heaven Dez

Rosalyn Christian Oct 28 2022 3:32 PM

Des came to PSU and stayed with me for a week or two in my dorm room. I have no idea what he did while I was in class or where he went for most of the night. But when he did come back he was always laughing, cracking jokes and smiling. We grew up together on Chestnut St., you will be missed but never forgotten.

Aryn Coleman Oct 27 2022 9:37 PM

My favorite memory of Des is when James, him and I went to get my passport photo taken and I broke the camera lol, Desmond was laughing so hard.

Jodi Oct 26 2022 1:17 PM

So sorry for your loss 💜
RIP Dez.

Chauncey Mickens Oct 25 2022 3:51 PM

Sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you . Love you guys

Patty Oct 25 2022 1:31 PM