Damani Winters

Damani L. Winters

Saturday, May 2nd, 1998 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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Damani LaRon Winters, age 21, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Damani was born on May 2, 1998, in Jefferson City, Mo., to his loving parents, Christopher and Verhonda (Hill) Winters.

A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Damani was a 2016 graduate of Jefferson City High School. He had also attended classes at Lincoln University. Damani grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, soccer, enjoyed video games, and was on the Jefferson City High School Bowling Team.

After high school Damani honed his natural interpersonal skills while working at One Call Concepts and Jack in the Box.

Most would describe Damani as a charismatic, creative soul with a beautifully contagious smile. He had what seemed an innate ability to bring people together, and he saw the importance in human interaction. Damani remained true to the lost art of making simple and personal human connections. He was a throwback to times when physically being there for another, mattered the most. His was a beautiful light that glowed brightly, drawing people towards him.

Damani was an excellent listener, getting to the core and the essence of things. When engaged in conversations, he could help you to feel safe, with the sincerity of his heart and words. This is perhaps what drew people to him and in many instances, helped him forge lasting relationships with so many people. He loved his family, and the people he would come to value as friends. Ask any of these folks and they will tell you just how good a friend he was.

No accounting of Damani's life would be complete without mentioning his self-expression. Musical inclinations and artistic words helped to give voice to his inner thoughts. A fashion-forward style was his signature. Damani took fashion cues from no one, he doled them out, being intentional about his aesthetic. He was beautiful outside and in.

Damani appreciated the virtue of living his life in the moment. He did not take any aspect of it for granted and was comfortable to live that life not being afraid, overcoming self-doubts and parental worries, to embody the adage from President Lincoln that, “in the end … it is not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years.”

He is lovingly survived by: his parents, Christopher and Verhonda Winters of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, Maalik Winters of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Saneya Winters of Jefferson City, Mo.; his paternal grandfather, Pickens Winters (Marilyn) of Karnak, Tx.; his paternal grandmother, Lois Winters of Atlanta, Ga.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sherman Buckner and Helen Hill.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019, in the Freeman Chapel with celebrant Gara Loskill officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Damani Winters Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102. Friends and family may send memorials online by going to

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Monday, September 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
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Posted at 04:21pm
Many memories continue to run through my mind. This vibrant, beautiful, young man is missed so very, very much.


Posted at 04:21pm
Many memories continue to run through my mind. This vibrant, beautiful, young man is missed so very, very much.

Tanya Seaton

Posted at 09:24am
Jada, Len, and Tanya Seaton hearts are heavy and so sorry for your loss. We met Damani at AJs party this year and talked a lot about his music. May God cover the entire Winters family during this time. Our prayers are with you forever.

Garlen Scott Hill

Posted at 09:01am
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow. (Lamentations 3:20-26, 32, 33 NLT)

I love you miss you Damani -Uncle Garlen SCOTT

Lee Hill

Posted at 08:29pm
Verhonda and Chris...there are no words that'll ever bring the comfort, peace and answers that you need. My heart truly, truly breaks for you, Malik and Sanaa. I'll always fondly remember the trip to Six Flags many years ago and how excited Damani was--particularly going into the water. I LOVE you all SO much and am sending so much prayer, love and light your way Sister & Brother in Law. Love, Lee Hill

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