Winger, Former Owen Manager, Dies

Industry veteran Stephen Winger died Jan. 24 at age 60 of cancer.

Winger was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied with the Lacoste Institute in Paris, France. He began his career at Dan River, moving on to Beacon Manufacturing in Dallas, Bibb in Chicago and then Owen Manufacturing in Swannanoa, N.C., where he spent 15 years and managed the Wal-Mart and Kmart accounts.

In addition to his parents, Maurice Winger Jr. and Virginia McNabb Winger of Asheville, N.C., he is survived by his two children, Caroline Elizabeth "Carly" Winger and Daniel Winger of Asheville; his former wife, Teresa Murphy Winger of Asheville; a brother, Eric "Rick" Winger and his wife, Linda, of Savannah, Georgia; two nephews and two cousins.

A memorial service was held Jan. 27 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Manna Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805; Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731; or Pardee Hospital, 800 North Justice Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791.

Home Textiles Today Staff | News & Commentary

Home Textiles Today is the market-leading brand covering the home and textiles markets, offering a comprehensive package of print and online products. Home Textiles Today provides industry news, product trends and introductions, exclusive industry research, consumer data, store operations solutions, trade show news and much more.

Research Store

Featured Video

Subscribe to
Home Textiles Today eDaily
Receive the news you need to know about the trends in the industry delivered right to your inbox.

Most Viewed Articles


HTT November 2017 cover

See the November 2017 issue of Home Textiles Today. In this issue, we look at Complex Colors, Complex Times--Trend forecasters and interior designers weigh in on 2018 palettes and motifs.  Other articles include: Data: Exclusive HTT soft window research; Innovation: Material Changes conference preview; Country report: India invests in the future and Fabrics: Showtime preview.  See details!