Sherman W Burruss

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

We pause today to remember and celebrate the life of Sherman Wendell Burruss who answered God’s call Wednesday morning, March 8, 2017 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland. God reached out, embraced him in his arms and carried him home.

Sherman, was born February 16, 1945, one of ten children, to the late Dallas and Virginia (Twisdale) Burruss. He joined Second Baptist Church at an early age and attended the Caroline County Public Schools. During his teenage years, after school, Sherman would come home to the field assignments his father had left for him and the other boys: plowing and harvesting the fields (there was no tractor back then), bringing in the cow and mules from the pasture, and chopping wood for the stoves. Those were the simple and good ole days.

Upon graduating from Union High School, he left the farm and joined the United States Army, in which he served four years. He rose in rank to Staff Sergeant and fought alongside fellow soldiers in battle during the Vietnam War. He was presented with several Awards and Decorations: The Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

On return home from the war, Sherman moved to Maryland and became employed by the US Postal Service where he enjoyed working for forty years until his retirement in 2008. In 1977 Sherman married Gloria T. Smith, and from this union was born a son, Sherman Junior. Gloria died at age 41 in 1990. As a single parent, Sherman taught his son to be independent and the responsibilities of adulthood. He loved his son, Sherman Jr., and was very proud of the man that he raised him to be.

Sherman spent most of his leisure time either bowling or playing cards. He loved baseball and played softball on his local post office teams. He had a passion for competitive bowling and was involved in many leagues. When his ball struck the pins, it sounded like a bolt of lightning. He also enjoyed bowling with his brothers and sisters. Sherman especially enjoyed family gatherings and good home cooked food.

Before retirement, Sherman had come to live with his sister, Cheryl and her family; shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. He soon began his journey with repeated recurrences, more surgery, and chemotherapy. During this time, Sherman re-established an old friendship with Gail Evans, whom he had known for many years, and they subsequently became engaged. When Sherman’s medical care required more aggressive treatment in Philadelphia, Gail unselfishly and lovingly left her job and family in Richmond, and devoted herself to taking care of him. She was at his side every moment. Sherman persevered, determined to enjoy life. For quite a while and despite the struggle, he took advantage of all his good days to do so. For the last year, he enjoyed his new granddaughter, who brought such joy to many of his challenging days. How he lit up when she came to see him. But the journey’s end had come. While in the care of wonderful, compassionate medical providers, and surrounded by loved ones, Sherman answered God’s call to come home and rest.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria, parents, Dallas and Virginia Burruss, and two brothers, Bob and Seth. He is survived by his son, Sherman Burruss, Jr. (Angela) of Silver Spring, Maryland, and daughter, Andrea Wright of Atlanta, Georgia; stepdaughter, Chanté Flowers of Accokeek, Maryland; three grandchildren, Natalya, Bernard, and Cori; four step-grandchildren, Gregory, Chyna, Charlee and Chamar; three sisters, Evelyn Anderson, Ernestine Burruss, and Cheryl Burruss Renfroe (Stephen) of Silver Spring, Maryland; four brothers, Reginald Burruss (Christine), Raymond Burruss (Gloria), Millard Burruss, and Ernest Burruss (Wanda) of Ruther Glen, Virginia; devoted fiancée and caretaker, Gail Evans of Richmond, Virginia; Ramon, Russell, and Raina Edwards, who Sherman loved as his own, and a large host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

We will all miss you but are comforted to know that you are free of pain and at peace.