Nashville, reported on Saturday that Vernon died at the age of 88 after battling cancer

In addition to being known as the media mogul's father, Vernon also had a barber shop in East Nashville and worked as a city councilman

While it has been reported that he was battling cancer before his passing, it's unclear what type of cancer he was diagnosed with

Vernon's passing comes only days after Oprah celebrated him on Independence Day or, as she dubbed it, "Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day

On Instagram, Oprah shared a video, captured by her friend Gayle King, in which she described the festivities that she set up for her father

She explained that they set up a barbecue and invited all of Vernon's loved ones so that they could celebrate him

Vernon had no idea that the celebration was going to be for him, as he thought that it was going to be a Fourth of July party

King then panned the camera to show fans their set-up, which featured tables full of barbecue goodies such as fried chicken and hamburgers