Carolyn Kennedy Stringer

May 1, 1929 – January 11, 2022

Carolyn Mai Kennedy Stringer, 92, formerly of Winona, passed away January 11th at her residence at The Claiborne in Starkville.   Born in Winona May 1, 1929 to Thomas Gaddis (Tom) Kennedy and Anna Mai Pickens Kennedy, she was the widow of James Dudley (Jimmy) Stringer and a long-time resident of Winona. 

Due to the current Covid situation a graveside service will be held Friday, January 14th at 10:30 AM at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona with Rev Rusty Keen and Rev Chad Bowen officiating.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mitch Stringer, Jimmy Stringer and Kyle Jordan.  The wearing of masks is encouraged and the family will remain after the service to greet friends.

Carolyn started playing the piano at an early age and first shared her talent by playing for services at First Baptist Church at the age of 13.  She was a 1947 graduate of Winona High School where she was elected Homecoming Queen, and a 1951 graduate of MSCW. Carolyn often joked that, “We never would have made it without my library science degree!” 

Carolyn married the love of her life, Jimmy “Dud” Stringer on December 21, 1950.  After his service in the USAF they returned to Winona where she taught school for one year at Kilmichael.  It was during this time that she became a member of Moore Memorial UMC.  She was a gifted organist and voluntarily served in that role at Moore Memorial for more than 50 years, also serving on the Worship Committee.  On Pentecost Sunday 2017 the church surprised her by proclaiming “Carolyn Stringer Day” for her many years of service.  Part of her gift to the church was playing for weddings and funerals.  In recent years she played for many of her close friends’ funerals and, against her objections for two very special friends, followed their wishes by playing “The Tennessee Waltz” for one, and “When the Saints Go Marching In” the other.

For a quarter century she and Jimmy co-owned and operated a hardware store in downtown Winona until his death in 1987. In addition to her gift of music Carolyn was a talented duplicate bridge player, often driving to tournaments well into her 80s. She was involved in the restoration of and an original shareholder of Friends of Immanuel, a non-profit established to restore and maintain the beauty of the historic Immanuel Church in Winona, and was also proud to be a member of the DAR.

Carolyn is survived by her children, Ken (Hallye) Stringer of Madison and Pam (Jim) Corban of Starkville; Grandchildren Mitch (Kelly) Stringer of Madison, Jimmy (Frances) Stringer of Falls Church, VA, and Lura (Kyle) Jordan of Starkville; and great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Harmon Stringer of Madison and Price Stringer of Falls Church.

The family would like to thank her faithful sitters, Ethelene Shurden, Mary Tate, Jackie Childs and Tiffany Guess, as well as express appreciation to the staff of The Claiborne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts in Carolyn’s name be made to Moore Memorial UMC, P.O. Box 467, Winona, MS 38967, or Friends of Immanuel, c/o Barbara Pittman, 147 Bethlehem Community Road, Winona, MS 38967.

8 thoughts on “Carolyn Kennedy Stringer

  1. This is a beautiful memorial for Carolyn—much I did not know but all made me smile. Homecoming Queen—thats without fail the prettiest/most popular girl in the class—i will always have memories of Carolyn, her wit & cute sense of humor. Just praying she is having an amazing reunion in Heaven now. 🙏🏻🙏🏻✝️✝️❤️❤️


  2. Pam, Jim, Lura and family,
    My heart is filled with sadness for you in this time I know how dear she was to all of you. There will be an emptiness that will not quite be filled until you are reunited. All the wonder and good that was brought into your life because of her is still there. My prayers are for you and that all though the tears will be there (and we thank God for the tears) there will be more smiles, more hugs, and more laughter to be remembered and treasured at this time. I cannot attend the graveside service, but I will be praying and thinking of you all. Be blessed and comforted by so many that you love and care for you.
    Pam Burns


  3. I loved reading about all the talents and devotions Carolyn had in her life. I remember her as a kind, sweet beautiful lady. She was married to my daddy’s nephew. I remember a few ( maybe one) visit to Winona as a child and she was so welcoming. My Mother, Maudine Stringer Knight, always thought so much of Carolyn and family.
    You all will be in my prayers as you lay your dear Mother/grandmother to rest!


  4. Dear Stringer Family,
    We know that your hearts must ache. Our deepest sympathies to all of you as you celebrate and mourn the life and passing of Carolyn. She was a lovely, talented, radiantly warm person who dearly loved her family, her friends, her church, and her community. Her memory will live on through you. May the peace of God which passes all understanding be with each of you.
    David & Kathy Cook
    Brownsville, TN


  5. Carolyn was a gracious lady and a very talented organist. We missed her so much when she left, but her memory will always be with us. Bless the family and may the Lord be with them during this time.


  6. Pam and Ken, I’m sorry you lost your mom. I have lovely memories of her, and your dad, and I’m glad I knew them. Sending love and prayers for y’all and your families.


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