Winnie May Acord Brower went to the Lord on August 1, 2018. She was born in Houston, Texas on March 15,1930 to Herbert and Sophia Acord. Winnie graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Houston in 1948. In 1951 she graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. She sang for many gatherings, weddings and several church choirs over the years as a soprano. She taught school in various cities, grades 4-7. In addition, she was a legal secretary, bookkeeper, store manager, clothing buyer, and tailor. One notable tailoring accomplishment was a major rush-new-suit-alteration job for Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Award winner, done gratis the night before he left to receive the award in New York City. She was also an administrative secretary for a bank, an administrative secretary for the Sociology Department of Texas A&M University, and became the Administrative Assistant until she retired in 2000. In 2000-2001 she worked with the Bonfire Planning Committee as an assistant to its leader, Dr. Bryan Cole, to determine if the Bonfire tradition could be safely returned to Texas A&M. All her work was done “as unto the Lord.”
She served the Lord in churches with gladness all her adult life as a choir member, soloist, committee member, intercessory prayer warrior, and Sunday School teacher. She was His faithful servant.
She was adored by her four sons and daughter, who credit her for their introduction to the Lord and example to serve Him and others unselfishly. She was the “meanest mother in the world,” making sure her children performed their chores and responsibilities properly and promptly. She was slow to anger, forgiving, never brought up mistakes twice, and never gave up on them. She gave them all a love for music and worship.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Sophia Acord, brother Barry Acord, and daughter-in-law Patti Brower. She is survived by Merle Seth Brower, Jr., Robin Mark Brower (wife Ann), Bari Lynn Scherrer (husband Bob), Stanley Acord Brower (wife Marsha), and Jeffery David Brower (wife Cindy). Her 13 grandchildren are Heather Mearns (husband Bryce), Beth Hoffman (husband Ben), Katherine Morrow (husband Myles), Meryl Brower, Kyle Brower, Caroline Scherrer, Rebecca Davis (husband Kevin), Tyson Brower, Braxton Brower, Aspen Stewart (husband Josh), Kyndal Brower, Winston Brower, and Cinnamon Brower. Her eight great-grandchildren are Jaycee Mearns, Cadence Hoffman, Kinlee Mearns, Carson Davis, Paisley Morrow, Knox Morrow, Kylie Brower, and the youngest, born June 19th, Carah May (named after her great-grandmother) Hoffman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 3100 Cambridge Dr. in Bryan, Texas. Winnie’s family thanks you for your support, friendship, and love over the years.
Visitation will be held at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan, on Monday, August 6 from 6-8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service.