Sherwin Winniford

Sherwin A. "Sherm" Winniford

Monday, July 13th, 1931 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Sherwin A. (Sherm) Winniford, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend went home peacefully Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 88 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at St. Louis Catholic Church on January 11 at 10:00 AM with Fr. Ryan Higdon officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, January 10 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at OakCrest Funeral Home.

Sherm, son of Claude Sherwin and Stella Mae (Witcher), was born July 13, 1931, and grew up on a farm outside Cumby, Texas. He attended East Texas State Teachers College, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in history. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1955 and then attended Baylor Law School, graduating in 1958. Sherm practiced law in Waco for 43 years with the firm of Fulbright Winniford. He married Mildred (Torchy) Brown in 1954, and she preceded him in 1990. They had two sons, Dustye and John Charles.

In 1992 he married Elaine Ferguson, and for the next 28 years they traveled, played golf (his favorite courses were in Hawaii), and shared so many of life’s blessings. He enjoyed watching Baylor football as well as the Baylor Lady Bears.

An avid reader, Sherm never turned down a book, especially when it was a biography or World War II history. He was a friend to all animals and was an incredible storyteller. Many friendships began with “Blue Suede Shoes”! His insight, sense of fairness, generosity, and dedication to the law will long be remembered.

Preceding him in death were his parents; Torchy; mothers-in-law, Lillian “Mama” Brown and Helen Rose; father-in-law, Robert “Papa” Brown; brother, Dewayne and wife, Gloria Winniford; and brother-in-law, Richard Blackshear.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Dustye and John Charles; grandson, Randall; brother, Joe Don Winniford and wife, Mary; sisters-in-law, Boo Robinson and Kim Blackshear; brother-in-law, Clifton Robinson and wife, Betsy; nieces, Donna Davis, Devy Bert, Holly Robinson and husband, Nathan; nephews, John Winniford and wife, Nikki, Steve Winniford, Gordon Robinson and wife, Valerie, Charles Robinson, Beau Blackshear and wife, Samantha; many life long friends; and his precious dogs, Baxter and Buddy.

Sherm’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Drs. Wayne Falcone, Tom Lundeen, Jeffrey Young, and Gary Barbin, as well as to Mary, Tootie, and Vicki, formerly with Providence Cardiac Rehab, for the exceptional care provided to Sherm over the years. The family also thanks Dr. Adam Falcone, Missy, and the Bluebonnet Hospice family, especially Anthony, Jessica, Patricia, and Stacy for their support.

Memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends, Waco Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.

A special thank you to Bruce Fisher for his kindness and help when it was needed the most.

Pallbearers are Colin O'Neill, John Winniford, Vince Clark, Steve Williams, Beau Blackshear, and Gordon Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers are Clifton Robinson, Bob Wolter, Paul Marable, Wanda Butler, John Fulbright Family, Dick Dickson Family, Newman Copeland, Joe Johnson Family, Ginger Witcher, Louis Muldrow, Bill Sessions, Harry Littlewood, Bruce Fisher, Ron Smart, John Fisher, Rosemary McClain, Noley Bice, and the Fulbright Winniford Law Firm.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Louis Catholic Church
    2001 N. 25th St
    WACO, TX 76708
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  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Vicki Sprague

Posted at 09:18am
Dearest Elaine,
I was so sorry to hear of Sherm's passing. Unfortunately, I was out of the country and did not know about it until Tootie told me recently. Sherm was truly one of the kindest, most thoughtful men I have ever had the privilege of knowing. His genuine care and concern was always evident. He was a great encouragement, always complimenting us and telling us what a great job we were doing! We loved him in Cardiac Rehab, missed him so much when he had to stop coming, and enjoyed catching up whenever we would see you in OPS. Those were the good old days! We were touched by your mentioning us in the obituary, thank you for that. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Vicki Sprague

Dale Morgan

Posted at 01:05pm
Sherm was the definition of Gentleman and I truly cherished our friendship. Elaine, Susie and I are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Stacy Howard

Posted at 09:53am
Dear Elaine and Family,
The world has lost such an amazing gentleman. What a privilege to have had the opportunity to get to know Sherm and you. I will be keeping you in my prayers through the days ahead.
With love and prayers,
Stacy Howard

Stacy Howard

Posted at 09:49am
Dear Elaine and Family,
The Bluebonnet Hospice Family has been keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during these days. May God’s presence be very evident through all the people who care for you and yours.
The Owners and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)

Minta C McIntosh

Posted at 07:48pm
Thoughts and prayers for all the family. I'm a friend of Bruce Fisher.

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