Winston “Winkie” Sprague Silver of Wanchese, September 10

By on September 12, 2022

Winston “Winkie” Sprague Silver, 74, of Wanchese, NC passed on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Winkie was born on March 5, 1948, in Raleigh, NC to the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hinton Silver. He graduated from Broughton High School and attended The Citadel.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Wood Foreman Silver; his four children and seven grandchildren: Winston Beau Wood Silver (Brimage), and their son, Beau Hunter Outlaw Silver;  Mollie Elizabeth Silver (Billy), and their sons, Wilber and Charles Winston Brown; Dillon Silver Ray (Alan), and their daughters, Hillard and Wimberly Ray; and John Duncan Hinton Silver (Alice), and their sons, John Sprague and Hinton Silver. Also surviving, are his brothers, Charles Silver and John Silver and their families, his aunt Elizabeth Cheshire and her family and his cousin Rodasi Ishaya.

There is not enough paper in the world to hold the stories of Winkie Silver, especially since there were so many versions of them. Winkie lived in one lifetime what others could not accomplish in ten lifetimes. He was a man of honor and dignity who taught others so much. His light and love will continue to shine through all still here. There are more stories to be shared and in the words of Winkie, “One day I’ll tell you about it.”

A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 3:30 pm. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall. Private interment will be held at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea, Disabled American Veterans, or to one’s favorite charity.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at






  • Ralph Henry Williams

    Winkie was a classmate and teammate of mine at The Citadel. We had more than a few good times during our cadet years. He was an unforgettable character and true friend. I was able to visit one time with him and his family in Wanchese, and throughly enjoyed the Outer Banks hospitality. My prayers are with his family. We have lost a good one !!

    Monday, Sep 12 @ 3:59 pm
  • Trevor Bridgewater

    I had the honor of having Winkie as my coach for many sports teams as a kid. I think he had more for fun than all of us out there on the baseball field, soccer field, or basketball court. We were lucky to have had such a reliable and hard working coach, who always reminded us that it’s just a game and to have fun out there. Thank you for your dedication to each and every player and the countless number of practices, games, after game events that helped to let us kids just be kids. My thoughts are with the family and the community during this time.

    Monday, Sep 12 @ 5:49 pm
  • Ginger Tillett

    Lordy, he will be sorely missed! The stories, the laughter and his smiling face.prayers to all the family 🙏🙏🙏❤️💔

    Tuesday, Sep 13 @ 7:02 am
  • Ronnie Strachan

    What a great friend. There is not enough paper to cover all the words needed to be said here. He is just one of a kind. My prayers and thoughts go out to all his family.

    Tuesday, Sep 13 @ 11:09 pm