Joe Don Winniford
8/30/1938 - 9/15/2021
||Coker-Mathews Funeral Home
5100 Interstate 30 (at US-69)
Greenville, TX 75402
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||COKER-MATHEWS FUNERAL HOME
5100 Interstate 30
9/22/2021 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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First Baptist Church
2703 Wesley St.
9/23/2021 at 2:00 PM
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Renowned for his passion for
people, charm, and humility Joe Winniford lived an impactful life as a
patriarch, banker, and avid golfer. Joe
left this world on September 15th to be with his Lord and Savior in
Heaven. An energetic and friendly soul,
Joe’s life was filled with a lifetime of experiences and adventure.
Joe Don Winniford was born
August 30, 1938, in Cumby, Texas to Sherwin A. Winniford and Stella Mae
Poe. After graduating from Cumby High
School, he joined the United States Navy where he faithfully served for four
years. After his service, he attended
East Texas State University (now Texas A&M – Commerce) and obtained a Bachelor
of Business Administration degree. He
later graduated from the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU. His alma mater remained a passion of his as
he later served as an Ambassador for Texas A&M – Commerce.
In 1963 he married his high
school sweetheart Mary Helen Russell.
They moved to Greenville, Texas where Joe started his banking career as
a bookkeeper with Citizens National Bank.
He later held various positions at the bank as he eventually worked his
way up to President and CEO of the bank.
He would go on to faithfully serve the community for 57 years as a
banker focused on the customer experience.
Joe’s desire was to know his customers on a personal basis, so he could
better understand their needs and be able to help provide meaningful solutions. He was a “people” guy, he loved people and
they loved him back. He spent the final
18 years of his career with American National Bank of Texas as a Business
Development Officer. He joined the bank
in 2002 and retired at the end of 2020.
Joe was recognized in August of this year by the Texas Bankers
Foundation for service and dedication to the Texas banking industry spanning
over half a century. He was in
attendance to receive this award for such a remarkable achievement.
In addition to his
Ambassadorship to the University Joe served as Past Chairman of the Budget and
Finance Committee of Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Past President of the
Greenville Lions Club, and also served as President and Director of numerous
other local boards throughout his years of service to the Greenville and Hunt
Joe Don “Corky” Winniford is
survived by his wife of 58 years Mary Helen Winniford (Ganmamma); daughter
Holly Jo Robinson and husband Nathan of Brashear, Texas; son John S. Winniford
and wife Nicole of Fairview, Texas. He
also has eight grandchildren, Chandler Muzyka-Winniford, Heather Norman Fulton,
Zachary Norman, Tripp Winniford, and Reid Winniford; as well as Kayleigh
Parker, Cristina Thompson, and Haley Wilbanks; along with numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by
his parents, daughter, Mary Jo Winniford; brothers Sherm A. Winniford, and
Marvin D. Winniford.
Joe’s passions included his
faith, golfing, reading, and storytelling.
His desire to serve the Lord was evident, he was a dedicated Christian
and believer and strived to live his life accordingly. Over 5 decades he served both First Baptist
Church (1964-1999) and Highland Terrace Baptist Church (2000-2021) as a Deacon
and participated on numerous Boards and Committees. Joe was an avid golfer and looked forward to
every opportunity he had to be on the course.
He loved the competition, the fellowship and had a true love for the
game. His greatest joy was his family,
wife Mary, children and grandchildren.
He and Mary were best friends and a remarkable example for their
children and grandchildren to follow.
The family would like to
thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support from the community,
friends, and family. In lieu of flowers
the family would request donations be made to either the Highland Terrace
Baptist Church Youth and/or Building Fund or Hunt County Children’s Advocacy
Visitation will be 5:00 pm to
8:00 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. We encourage those that are 65 and older to
arrive between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm if preferred; and those under the age of 65
plan on arriving between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 23, 2021,
at First Baptist Church of Greenville, with Rev. Riley Hamilton and Dr. Chet
Haney officiating. Interment will follow
at Cumby Cemetery with military honors.