Tommy Richard Winfrey, age 78, of Coleman, left this world on Sunday, April 23, 2023. For the past three years, Tommy fought a hard battle with a disease called Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsey. He lived every day thinking he would be cured.
Tommy was born in Coleman, Texas on April 10, 1945, to Dennis and Loraine Slate Winfrey. He was the apple of their eye as Tommy was their only child. Tommy grew up in Gouldbusk, Texas and graduated from Mozelle High School in 1962. He left one week after graduation for the United States Army.
Tommy decided to try college life after returning from the Army, but decided this was not the life for him. He returned to Coleman County to live the country life he loved. He enjoyed raising cattle and sheep for many years. Every September he was ready to go dove hunting with his friends. Janice went along many times, but when she figured out she could not hit a bird, she became the bird dog for Tommy.
Tommy and Janice enjoyed going to Las Vegas with friends for the National Rodeo Finals and of course doing a little gambling. Then they discovered Laughlin, Nevada, where they went three to four times a year with their friends. They made many new friends along the way. Tommy loved the slot machines and crap tables.
Tommy was involved in farming and ranching for over 50 years. He was a truck driver for Cooper Supply and retired in 2013. He was a member of the Gouldbusk Rodeo Association and was a Methodist.
Tommy is survived by the love of his life Janice Rohacek of Coleman; two children and four grandchildren who he loved as his own, Shane Rohacek of Coleman and Jennifer Rohacek of Montgomery; Alyssa and Lauren Rohacek of San Angelo and Sydney and Jackson Driskill of Montgomery. He is also survived by his dog, Boone, and many cousins and friends.
Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Loraine Winfrey.
Family and friends are invited to a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2023, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Tip Matthews officiating. Interment will follow in the Gouldbusk Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, in Coleman.
Many thanks to Coleman Health Care, Solaris Hospice, and Coleman Home Health and Hospice for their care and support.
We invited you to share fond memories and words of comfort and condolence with the Winfrey family by signing the virtual guestbook on Tommy’s tribute page at www.stevensfuneralhome.com. Stevens Funeral Home is honored to serve the Winfrey family.