McLendon "Wendy" Wade (Smith) Winstead

August 21, 1966 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 54)



McLendon Wade "Wendy" Smith Winstead

McLendon Wade "Wendy" Smith Winstead, 54, of Kings Mountain, NC, died suddenly from a heart attack on August 14, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Charlotte, NC to Mary Wade O’Kelley Smith and Robert Lee "Bob" Smith, Jr.   She was also preceded in death by her father Robert Lee “Bob” Smith, Jr. and sister, O'Kelley Smith Broadway.   She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues with whom she shared a zest for life and a love for others. 

Wendy was spirited in all she did and achieved.  Wendy graduated from Kings Mountain High School, earned an AA from Peace College in Raleigh, NC, a BS in Zoology from NC State University and a second BS in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte.  She also received a MA in Human Behavior from Capella University. 

Health care and counseling became her career, with a passion for helping others restore their lives and livelihoods in non-judgmental treatment and coaching environments.  She believed that everyone deserved empathy and opportunities to be understood.  Most recently she was Director of Bay Mark Health Treatment Center in Murphy, NC and had prior roles with MedMark Treatment Centers, Clarendon Behavioral Health Services, McLeod Addictive Disease Center and Hope Haven.  She operated Second Chances Counseling in her hometown for twelve years.  She was also interested in Genealogy and had an affinity for cooking.  


SURVIVORS:  Husband: Michael Lynn Winstead, Kings Mountain, NC

Daughter: Anderson Walker "Andie" Winstead, Kings Mountain, NC

Mother: Mary Wade O'Kelley Smith, Kings Mountain, NC

Brother: Robert L. Smith, III and wife Lisa, Boiling Springs, NC

Niece: Rebecca Broadway Russell and husband Jonathan and their children, Chandler O'Kelley, Kellen Carlisle, and Emma Wyley Russell, Kings Mountain NC

Nephew: Austin O'Kelley Broadway and fiancee Kelsey Nichole Flint-Martin, PhD,

Irmo, SC


GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Tuesday, August 17, 2021

    5:00 P.M.   Rev. Bruce Gwyn

INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina

MEMORIALS: Boy Scouts of America Troop #92, 113 S Piedmont Ave Kings Mountain, NC 28086


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August 17, 2021

5:00 PM
Austin O Kelley Broadway (Irmo, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Piedmont Ave Kings Mountain, NC)

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