Tracey Winstead Benson was a talented, well-known hairstylist.
She followed in her mother’s footsteps, and her love of coloring and cutting hair came naturally.
Ms. Benson, of Wilmington, died Oct. 2, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 45.
Ms. Benson’s mother, Diane Winstead, said her daughter had a knack for styling hair. Ms. Winstead was a hairstylist, as well, and watched as her daughter easily picked up on tips and tricks for styling. Ms. Benson was fixing other people’s hair long before her formal training.
After attending New Hanover High School, Ms. Benson attended Cape Fear Community College and Mr. David’s School of Hair Design. The most recent place Ms. Benson worked was at SmartStyle Hair Salon in Walmart, where she’d been employed for the past year.
“She got as good as me,” Ms. Winstead said, laughing. “She was very good with color.”
In addition to hair styling, Ms. Winstead said her daughter was an avid reader and could often be found with a James Patterson novel in her hands. She had also recently started digging into her family’s history on Ancestry.com.
But overall, what drove Ms. Benson was making other people happy, her mother said. As a hairdresser, she strove to please every client in her chair.
“She loved to help people,” Ms. Winstead said. “It made her feel good when she made other people happy.”
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas L. Winstead Jr.; paternal grandparents, Thomas Leslie Winstead Sr. and Vida Winstead; and maternal grandparents, David and Sudie Grigg,
She is survived by her mother, Diane G. Winstead; sons, who were the loves of her life, Cameron and Parker Benson; sister, Dana W. Cook (Neal); nieces, Taylor Cook and Morgan Callahan; nephew, Dustin Bryan; and great-niece, Caroline.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Long Leaf Baptist Church on Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington, with a memorial service immediately following visitation.
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