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Charles Eddy "Ed" Sherrer

January 9, 1950 ~ July 20, 2019 (age 69)

 Charles Eddy Sherrer, 69, of Amarillo passed away July 20, 2019. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Ed grew up in Amarillo and was a charter member of Kingswood UMC.  He received his God and County Award and Eagle Scout in 1964 and graduated from Tascosa High School in 1968. Ed attended West Texas State University on a music scholarship but decided that the United States Army and the Green Berets were calling his name.  Ed achieved Special Forces, Airborne and Ranger qualifications and training as a Special Forces Medic.  Deployment to Vietnam was inevitable.  To say that Ed proved to be a natural warrior and brave brother in arms would be an understatement.  His selfless heroic actions were the stuff of legends. Ed’s uncommon skills came to the attention of national security elements beyond the DOD and most of Ed’s career was executed in classified operations.   Ed was the first US soldier to compete, start to finish, and achieve British SAS selection.  Ed answered his country’s call in Vietnam, Israel, Great Britain, and Europe, much of the Middle East, Asia, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America.  He loved working with the Israelis and the Brits.  Besides the many U.S. government and Army awards and decorations Ed received, he was also decorated for valor by allied nations.  Despite years of being in harm’s way, Ed simply said, “It was my job. I loved it.”  He witnessed much horror and suffered many physical hardships.  Ed retired in 1991.  After a very tough transition, Ed entered the motorsports industry and like everything in his life, he developed himself into an award winning custom bike builder and bike “wrench.”  He loved working with his hands.  Ed retired for the second time in 2013. Ed was an avid reader and self-taught military historian.  Ed’s favorite call sign was Ironhand which he wore printed in Hebrew on a neck chain. SFC Ed Sherrer and Captain Carol Asher were married at Liberty County Courthouse, Georgia on 12 March 1982.  They married formally at St. Stephen UMC, with friends and family witnessing, on 15 May 1982.  They were married for 37 years and they loved each other deeply and eloquently and trusted God to see them through every hardship and separation of which there were many. Upon Carol’s retirement from Federal Service and Ed’s retirement from Coleman Power Sports, the couple returned to Amarillo.  Ed quickly reignited old friendships and made many new friends.  Ed loved God and confessed his faith in Jesus.  Ed lived his life to honor the Almighty God, ever grateful for Carol, family and many friends whom he loved like second family.  Ed loved the United States of America, the Constitution, and those past and present who served/are serving this country. Ed especially loved teaching the Bible in Springfield, VA and in Amarillo.  Ed had a wicked sense of humor and sense of irony.  He lived with Panache. He loved everyone and when asked how he was, the answer never varied, “It is a good day.” The Generations Sunday School Class at St. Stephen United Methodist Church held his heart.  He loved his class and had hopes of making dinner for them all. Ed cherished all family but a tiny great nephew grabbed Ed’s heart in a whole new way. Ed was proud of his heritage and loved and respected his Alabama family dearly.  Ed was a loving son and brother. He loved, honored, cherished and shamelessly spoiled Carol.  He loved Carol’s family as his own. Man of God, Patriot, Brave, Kind, Loyal, and Loving, Ed had a gentle heart. Ed and Carol’s families will miss him deeply.   They will love him forever.  Ed passed away as a result of a stroke suffered on 26 June 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles B. Sherrer; step-father, Gordon L. Carey; brother-in-law’s, Lightin McDuff and Tom Asher and in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Asher. Ed is survived by his mother, Betty L. (Sherrer) Carey of Amarillo; wife, Carol Asher Sherrer of Amarillo; a brother, John M. Sherrer and wife Cheryl and two children of Amarillo; two sisters, Debby Carey and daughter of Amarillo and Pam Tennison and five children and their spouses of Roanoke; an uncle, John F. Sherrer and wife Sherie and four children and their spouses of Selma, Alabama; three sister-in-law’s, Patricia Asher and two children and their spouses of Amarillo, Lora Reynolds and husband Don and a daughter and her spouse of Amarillo and Sandy Beck Asher and three children and their spouses of Houston; a brother-in-law, Alan Asher and wife Larysa and a daughter of Gainsville, Florida and his god son, Ricky Campbell of Fairfax, Virginia. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to The Amarillo Food Bank, Faith City Mission or The Wounded Warrior Project. 

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