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