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Memory of child lives on
Tourney benefits grieving family
Three-year-old Charlie Winters died after a wreck in late June. His parents were also injured in the collision. - photo by Submitted

The Charlie’s Angels Charity Softball Tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 on the ball fields at Central Park. Cost is $100 per team and the winning squad will receive a trophy. For more information or to register, e-mail Crystal Forrester at or call (770) 654-5736.
Charlie Winters was traveling with his parents to his grandmother’s house June 30 when an oncoming vehicle struck their minivan on a two-lane road in Alabama.

A day later, the 3-year-old Forsyth County boy died as a result of a severe brain injury suffered in the collision that also injured his parents, Junior and Grey Winters.

“Charlie, at 3 years old, was the most giving, gentle child I have ever known,” Grey Winters said. “He would hand over his favorite toys to other kids and say, ‘Here you go.’”

Winters said it was the generous and compassionate nature of their only child that inspired her and her husband to donate his organs.

She received a letter from the Alabama Organ Center informing her that both of Charlie’s kidneys went to another little boy.

“It hurts because our baby is gone, but I can’t imagine a 1-year-old desperately needing two kidneys, what those parents must’ve been going through,” Winters said.

“And I’m all about trying to make other people feel better, so even in my pain it does make me feel better that we were able to help somebody else.”

And now an effort is under way to help the Winters. Proceeds from the Charlie’s Angels Charity Softball Tournament on Aug. 14 at Central Park will go toward the family’s medical and funeral costs.

Winters said her husband’s ankle was crushed in the wreck, and he is in a wheelchair while healing.

She said he likely will never be able to walk correctly again or have any range of motion in his ankle. He also suffered a lacerated spleen and fractured knees.

She said glass was embedded in her knee and her thumb was broken. For a couple weeks after the wreck, she couldn’t walk and family members took turns helping the couple out.

“Family and friends have been incredibly supportive,” she said. “I know this has affected everybody in the family. Everybody has been very helpful.”

Winters and her husband thought they couldn’t have children when they found out she was pregnant with Charlie. She said they will not be able to conceive again.

“I always told him he came straight from heaven and he had wings but they were just invisible on Earth,” she said.

Charlie was a very smart child, his mother said, already knowing colors, numbers and every letter of the alphabet, though not in order.

He had a knack for identifying the make of cars and trucks, loved animals and was always laughing.

“We miss him terribly and we always will,” she said. “But we are keeping faith in the Lord and planning on living our lives in such a way that we are guaranteed another ‘Charlie hug’ some day.”