J. E. Sherrill

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John Elmo "Jay" Sherrill, Jr.

(Public official in Texas Panhandle)

Born October 10, 1925
Draw, Lynn County

Resident of Bovina
Parmer County, Texas

Died February 4, 2007 (aged 81)
Spouse Patsy Fay Clem Sherrill (married 1949-2003, her death)

Four children

Religion United Methodist

Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

John Elmo Sherrill, Jr., known as J. E. Sherrill or Jay Sherrill (October 10, 1925 – February 4, 2007),[1] was a public official in Bovina, a small city in Parmer County in the Texas Panhandle. He was an alderman, mayor, school board member, and municipal judge, having served in the last position from 1997 until his death ten years thereafter.[2]

He was mayor, a nominally non-partisan position in Texas, for two two-year terms under the mayor-council system from April 1956 to April 1960. In 1976, Bovina adopted the city manager form of government, with Larry D. Gilley first filling that position.

Sherrill was born to John Sherrill, Sr. (1887-1967), and the former Myrtle Ellen Porterfield (1887-1980) in Draw in rural Lynn County. He had seven siblings, the youngest of whom was Paul Milton Sherrill (1928-2012),[3] a farmer in O'Donnell in Lynn County.[4] Sherrill served in the United States Navy during World War II. On March 20, 1949, he married the former Patsy Fay Clem (May 3, 1931 – June 20, 2003). In 1953, the couple moved to Bovina, where Sherrill operated his former lumber company for many years. They had four children. Sherrill was a United Methodist and a member of the Masonic lodge, the American Legion, and the Lions Club.[2]

The Sherrills are interred at Bovina Cemetery.[3]


  1. J. E. Sherrill. Mylife.com. Retrieved on April 4, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. E. Sherrill obituary, Amarillo Globe-News, February 6, 2007; Internet link no longer available
  3. 3.0 3.1 J. E. Sherrill, Jr.. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 4, 2018.
  4. Paul Milton Sherrill. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 4, 2018.