Sherman A. Burton

April 1, 1938January 9, 2014

Sherman A. Burton joins his family in their eternal home, having passed from this life on January 9, 2014. Sherman was born in rural East Texas nears Winnsboro, one of twin boys, on April 1, 1938 to Lewis and Lorene Burton. After several moves with the U.S. Army during WWII, his family settled in Dallas. Gifted in many respects, after graduation from North Dallas High School he attended SMU on a diving scholarship, and later attended Denver Art Academy in Colorado. Following 4 years in the Marine Corps, he began a 30+ year career with Texas Instruments, retiring from a management position with TI in 1993. A scratch golfer, he won several Pro-Am tournaments in the Dallas area. He was also a gifted artist, painting portraits of several federal judges, high ranking military officers, and local business executives. He also served as a public school teacher and college instructor in electronics and math. He performed consulting services as an EPA-certified instructor in HVAC systems and an OSHA-certified instructor in excavation safety. Sherman found time to carve out a career in show business, first as Paul Newman with Celebrity Look-Alikes, and later performing as Willie Nelson. His gift of being able to look, sing and perform as Willie was non-pareil. He did "Willie" shows throughout the country, including appearances in several feature films. Attendees at his shows often thought he was the real Willie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Elda, and their son Tony, as well as his parents and older brother, Larry. He is survived by twin Herman of Seabrook, Texas and brother Cary of Fort Worth. Other survivors include numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. In remembrance of his and Elda's deep love for animals, the family asks that donations or memorials be directed to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas, 76103. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Calvary Hill Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00a.m. A religious service will be held at 12:00p.m. followed by interment at Calvary Hill Cemetery.


  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2014

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JP Kraus

March 2, 2014

I worked with Sherman at TI for most of his years there. He was first class in his work and a first class friend as well. God Bless Sherman and family. We are proud to have known Sherman.

JP Kraus, 35 years TI

Jimmie (Jim) Burgess

January 13, 2014

Our loss is Heaven's gain! Sherman hired me in the NAS North Island Officer's club in June 1980 as a technical instructor, with instructions that if I didn't hear from him weekly for me to call him. In late June, he called & asked if I could take terminal leave from the US Navy and come to work a month earlier than we had agreed. I couldn't meet his request and later learned that he wanted me to sit in a training class for TI equipment for the PANAVIA Consortium, Tornado aircraft. This, in preparation for an assignment to travel to Manching, West Germany to help teach a month-long Radar course to (then) West German engineers and technicians on the Multiti-role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) jointly built by Britain, Italy and W. Germany. I did attend most of the class in late 1980 and in Jan '81, travelled with Carl Isaacs, another TI instructor to Messerschmidt/Bolkow/Blume (sic) (MBB for short) of Manching, West Germany (near Munich)to help teach a "level 2" course (diagnostics to the circuit card). Apparently, Carl and I did well, as MBB later negotiated a level 3 course with TI, so we returned to Manching in June '81 (after the snow melted) to teach a higher level (to the component) course. As I recall, Carl and I both enjoyed teaching the two courses and working with the MBB personnel as they prepared to field this awesome war bird, the Tornado aircraft. This was the start of a successful 27 year career for me, culminating in retirement on 31 December, 2007 as a Principal Engineer, with most of my career spent in Maintainability, Testability and Supportability, all subsets of Design Support Engineering. I maintained contact with Sherman for most of my 27 years at TI/Raytheon, but had lost contact some years ago and was unaware of his condition in his later years. I'm most grateful for Sherman's trust in me and assigning me to a task that, although difficult, provided the opportunity for a smooth transition from military life to the business world of military electronics. As a born-again believer in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and knowing Sherman was as well, I'm assured of seeing him again. Until then, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jim Burgess

David Russo

January 13, 2014

Sherman, the world will be a lesser place without your kindness and humor.

Nanci Willliams

January 13, 2014

My parents, Roy and Nell Cheatham, lived a couple of houses away from Sherman and Elda for many years, on Regent. They both adored both Sherman and Elda and shared many, many laughs, and tears, over the years. I have some drawings of my father (caricatures) that Sherman drew that are hilarious (especially with the captions); he was indeed a very talented artist. Sherman spoke at my father's funeral. I am grateful for the friendship that he and Elda had with my parents over the years, and for being fortunate enough to have known them myself. Sherman was a talented man, and he was a good person.

Christina Gary

January 13, 2014

I met Sherman in the last few years of his life. We spend holidays and various birthday parties together. He always had great stories. One time he told us of a near death experience he had when he was a young man in the military. He was the only survivor of a group of young men. I think this cemented his belief in the other side. He was an all around nice guy, He was a great Willie Nelson impersonator and I am glad I got a chance to have got to know him these past years. Rest in Peace. It was nice knowing you.

Pete DeLorenzo

January 13, 2014

EULIGY FOR Sherman Burton
In the event that I was unable to book a flight in time out to Texas to be there with all of you for Sherman's Service and also that I was just informed that my first Cousin
Joe DeLorenzo just passed away also and on the same day that we lost our Beloved Sherman .... I felt this would be the next best thing to write these words of Euligy on behalf of my Dear and Treasured Friend Sherman who I loved like a Brother and I am with all of you in Spirit.
Therefore if you can read this at his service I would greatly appreciate it .

In Loving Memory Of Sherman Burton

It is very rare in life that we meet someone such as our Beloved Sherman Burton.
Many times in life we meet acquantances, associates, and friends along the way
and some remain in our life and others seem to just pass through for a time or Season but there are VERY FEW that can can measure up to the likes of Sherman.
He had a manner and personality that from the moment you met him .... you loved him. His mild manor, soft spokeness, his heart and kindness was contagious and he had an IMPACT on Every Life that was Blessed and Fortunate to have met him.
I know he certainly touched my life IMMENSELY !!!!
I've known Sherman for 10 years and they have been fullfilling and enriched years.
Aside from Sherman being a Devout Christian Man, a Husband, a Father, a Man who Served his Country with Honor, a Teacher, an Artist, an Actor and an AMAZING Gifted Musician he was a FINE HUMAN BEING that cared about his fellow man ... a TRUE COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.
I had Sherman cast in my Upcoming Major Feature Film " The Mentor " and he was looking So Forward to being a part of it and he had requested of me to Record my Hit Song " They All Remind Me Of You " in the style of Willie Nelson which as many of you know he did a Tremendous Likeness of both in looks and sounding just like Willie. I had the Honor of working with the Real Willie Nelson twice and Sherman's Impression of him was SPOT ON !!!
Sherman's Rendition of my Song will be going into my Film and on the Soundtrack as well as a Tribute to Sherman on the Big Screen in my Film.
It would take Volumes of which No Words could ever describe his Contribution
to his Community, Our Country and the World of All his Marvelous Accomplishments in life.
Though we mourn and grieve our loss of him..... let us rather CELEBRATE HIM
Now and Everyday and not forget him a Day, a Week, a Month or Years later but rather Embrace that by GOD's Grace we were fortunate and Gifted by GOD to have known him and be touched and Moved by him.
Sherman Truly Manifested and Emmulated GOD's Love ... so let us All Continue to
Share with Each Other the Seed Of Love that Sherman Planted.
As Jimmy Stewart said in Frank Capra's Classic Film " It's A Wonderful Life " .....
My Dad used to Always Say .... " In Life You Can Count Your TRUE Friends On One Hand !!! "
Sherman Definately was ON THAT ONE HAND in my Life as a TRUE Friend !!!
We ALL Can Consider Ourselves TRULY BLESSED to have had Sherman Burton
in Our Lives .
Rest In Peace My Dear Friend and Brother Sherman ....
I will Always TREASURE and CHERISH the Memories and Times We Shared Together.
The HARDEST Part for me and All Of Us is to say Goodbye to you for now .... but GOD Willing We Will See You Again One Day.
My Deepest Love, Prayers and Condolences to Cary Burton and his Family and All of Sherman's Family, Friends and Fans.
GOD's Blessings
Peace and Love
Sincerely, Respectfully and Professionally,
Pete DeLorenzo
Filmaker, Producer, Director, Actor, Humanitarian

January 13, 2014

I worked with Sherman many years at TI and we always worked very well and successfully in everything we did. A first class gentleman all would agree.

God Bless you and the family Sherman.

Best from JP Kraus (TI 1964-1998)

January 12, 2014

James (Jimmy Williams

Paul Zammataro

January 12, 2014

I only met Sherman once, but please accept my deepest condolences.

Dana White

January 11, 2014

Sherman, I'm sorry we never met. Now it's too late. But I'm glad we reconnected enough to realize all we had in common. Perhaps we will meet on the other side.