The Rev. James Fielding Winton, 89, a retired Methodist minister who had been active in the Herndon United Methodist Church, died of cancer Jan. 16 in Dallas.

A resident of Herndon since 1960, he had moved to a Methodist retirement home in Dallas three years ago. His wife, the former Lanta Mae Gulick, died there in 1978.

Mr. Winton, who had retired from the Missouri West Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1960, had taught Sunday School at the Herndon United Methodist Church. He also had preached there as well as at other Methodist churches in this area.

He was born in Clinton, Mo. He graduated from Scarritt-Morrisville College in Tennessee and after serving with the Army in France in World War I, he earned a degree from the School of Theology of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 1932 until his retirement, he was in the pastoral ministry in Missouri.

He is survived by three daughters, Cornelia Thompson of Silver Spring, Harriet McGee of Dallas, and Marcia Stirewalt of Herndon; a sister, Harriet Vivion of Springfield, Mo., eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the 300 Scholarship Fund at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo.