9:39 AM PT -- Oprah just posted a poignant tribute to her late father -- a video from the party she threw for him on July 4 that shows a friend, gospel singer Wintley Phipps, with his hand on Vernon's shoulder as he prayed for God to stand by Vernon "as he walks to the light."
She captioned the video with, "Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022" ... and added that her father "FELT the love and reveled in it until he could no longer speak. Yesterday with family surrounding his bedside I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life, take his last breath. We could feel Peace enter the room as his passing."
Oprah is mourning the death of her dad, Vernon Winfrey, who has passed away after battling cancer.
One of Vernon's longtime employees confirmed to TMZ that he died Friday night in East Nashville, TN. A local city councilman first broke the newsto Nashville's WKRN.
In what now seems to be a prescient move, Oprah had just been in town last weekend to celebrate her father.
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She surprised him by organizing a Vernon Winfrey appreciation day on July 4 ... giving the community a chance to thank Vernon for his service as a former city councilman and longtime local businessman.
As Oprah put it, "My father is ill, so we wanted to be able to have all of his friends come and celebrate him while he's able to receive the joy. So that's what we're doing."
Vernon was seated, appropriately, in a barber chair in the middle of the backyard barbecue ... as his friends and family celebrated him.