Philip Wright Sherrod of Waco, a longtime Texas Baptist minister of music, died Feb. 13. He was 83. He was born in Timpson on Aug. 26, 1935, to Thomas and Thelma Williams Sherrod. When he was 2 years old, his family moved to Crockett, where he graduated from Crockett High School. He initially attended a business school in Dallas, pursuing studies in electronics. His plans changed when he met Margaret Barr, who was beginning her college education at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. He soon decided college might be a good choice for him, as well. The couple married after their sophomore year and both graduated from Wayland in 1959. After he earned his undergraduate degree in Christian education, he continued his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, earning a Bachelor of Church Music degree and a Master of Religious Education degree. While in seminary, he served churches in Irving and Alvarado. Upon graduation, he accepted a call to a church in Brownsville, Tenn. In 1969, he and his family returned to Texas, and he led the music and education ministries at First Baptist Church in Woodville for 14 years. He went on to serve in music and senior adult ministry at First Baptist Church in Levelland and Central Baptist Church in Carthage. After he retired and moved to Waco, he served churches on an interim basis in Teague, Mound and Lorena, and later he organized a weekly worship service at Stoney Brook Assisted Living Center in Hewitt. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and brother Alan. He is survived by daughters Cherisa York of Kilgore and Rebecca Guess of Waco, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Sharon Gosper Lesyk of Austin.
Obituary: Philip Wright Sherrod
February 20, 2019