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Clayton “Clay” Thomas Winder

Posted By Ricky Alderete On January 21, 2018 @ 11:22 am In Obituary | 44 Comments

The world has lost a great man, a true protector of the people, a man who provided for his family unconditionally, Clay Winder, 65, of Brazos County, passed away in his home on January 21, 2018. A visitation is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Life Tribute Celebration Service is 10am, Thursday, January 25, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 600 East 26th Street, Bryan. Interment will follow in the College Station Cemetery. Reverend Monsignor John A. McCaffrey, officiating. Life Tribute Services are in the care of Callaway-Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

Clay was born in Bryan, Texas to his parents L. E. “Skeeter” and Helen Marie Viereck Winder on July 27, 1952. Clay was always an adventurous man, exploring and seeking out new adventures with his family and friends. Clay was a true Brazos County person from his early beginning to fulfilling his career goals. Clay enjoyed baseball his whole life. In his younger years he practiced ball with his mom who would then become his greatest fan. Clay passed that talent of baseball on this own family, as coach for Nikki, Dusty, Shaun, and his grandson Colten. Clay’s greatest loves in life were his children and grandchildren. He spent many days and months watching them play ball or were out hunting together. His grandchildren were truly his proudest accomplishment in his life. Clay was “old time” law enforcement. He was an agent for TABC and served as law enforcement agent over thirty years here in Brazos County. His family, friends and law enforcement community will truly miss a man of Clay’s demeanor.

His parents, Skeeter and Helen Marie, both precede him in death.

Clay is survived by his daughter, Nikki Winder; his sons, Dusty Winder and Erin Prihoda, Shaun and wife Michelle Winder; Clay’s grandchildren, Colten Winder, Coy Winder, Shelby Winder, and Cameron Winder; his cousins, Irvin Todd, John Wayne and wife Dorothy Todd, Hoyt Todd, Jason Todd, J.T. Todd, Bobby and Margaret Hudson and daughter Debbie Hudson; Clay’s close friend Barbie Lewis and her children Dallas and Colby; and the mother of his children Janet Lewallen.

In lieu of flowers Clay’s family asked that your generous donation be given to a local Law Enforcement Agency in his memory.

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Condolence from Priscilla Tate(wife of Paul Tate) on January 21st, 2018 7:34 pm

So sorry to heat about Clayton. May he be With the grace of God and his family at peace in this time of sorrow. Clayton will be missed by many.

Condolence from Paul Tate on January 21st, 2018 7:56 pm

I are so sorry to here of Clayton passing today. I want to offer my sincere condolences. I have so many fond memories of living across the street for so many years. Clayton was someone I looked up to growing up.

Condolence from Kelly and Wendy osburn on January 21st, 2018 11:18 pm

Nikki, Dusty and Shaun (and your families)…..Wendy and I are so sorry to hear about Clay. We valued your mom and dad in my college years as great friends. May Gods grace be with you in this loss.

Condolence from David Shumate on January 22nd, 2018 6:58 am

I feel your pain having been there myself. Anything we can help with please let us know.

Condolence from David Bardell on January 22nd, 2018 7:01 am

So sorry to hear about Clayton. My family have known his family for quite a while. May our God comfort you in your time of need.

Condolence from Eunice Mudd Hester on January 22nd, 2018 11:21 am

Nikki, Dusty, and Shaun and families, you have my deepest sympathy and prayers at this time with the loss of your Dad. He was a lot of fun back when we all played softball and you kids were in the dug out. Time will be your friend in healing your loss and grief, but God will wrap his arms around you and give you strength. Your memories and love for your Dad will last forever.

Condolence from Nikki on January 24th, 2018 12:48 pm

Thank you! I know he thought a lot of you too!
Nikki

Condolence from Theresa Pittman on January 22nd, 2018 11:52 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at the BCSO for many years and always thought highly of Clay.
May the Lord send His Comfort to you and yours during this difficult time.

I am unable to attend but my prayers are with the family and friends.

Condolence from Charles King on January 22nd, 2018 12:35 pm

Clayton was my first memorable acquaintance in Bryan after I moved here from Lafayette. He had come by our house on S. Parker to pick up Sean and go to a Harlem Globetrotters event. We carpooled, ate, drank, fished, hunted and sometimes cursed and argued together for the last 39 years. Clayton was accomplished in many arenas. His word was gold and his work ethic was solid. I will greatly miss his sincere laughter and his gleam…Clayton was one of those gifted folks whose presence is immediately recognized, but not always appreciated! I think he went the way of a true warrier…gearing up to do battle, only this time it was with ducks. I already miss him!

Condolence from Kelvin Dawson on January 22nd, 2018 4:01 pm

A good friend and long time Law Enforcement Officer that I got a chance to work it. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with the Winder Family, and may God comfort them during this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Nikki on January 24th, 2018 12:50 pm

Thanks Kelvin. I know he thought an awful lot of you. Oh the stories of y’all “kicking in doors” will hold a special place in our hearts.

Condolence from Debbie Lightsey on January 22nd, 2018 5:47 pm

My thoughts & sincere condolences go out to Clayton’s family and friends. He was a longtime friend of mine, as well, and will be missed. May God hold him in His merciful arms.

Condolence from Kenny Meadors on January 22nd, 2018 5:55 pm

One of the men that influenced me to go into Law Enforcement. RIP brother.

Condolence from Kellie (Lisenbe) Kovar on January 22nd, 2018 7:59 pm

I am very sorry for your loss and I offer my sincere condolences to the family. I had the upmost respect for Clay and I looked up to him. I was very honored that he allowed me to take part in quite a few TABC “projects” in the late 80s & early 90s when I was an employee with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department and I was just beginning my career in law enforcement. I learned a lot from “Winder” and when I think back to those days I can’t help but laugh out loud when I think about some of the predicaments we got into. Clay will be missed.
Please know that you are in my thoughts in prayers.

Condolence from Brad Smith on January 22nd, 2018 9:53 pm

To all the Winder’s. My family’s prayers are with y’all. Best memories of the greatest baseball coach in the Brazos Valley.

Condolence from Sue Scrivener-Stang on January 22nd, 2018 10:09 pm

May Clay Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus forever. Many fond memories of him will be treasured blessings as I think back to working with him over the years. Many a pot of fresh coffee was made just for him at the DPS office in Bryan. Praying for peace and comfort for his family and close friends.

Condolence from Michael Sheehan on January 23rd, 2018 7:26 am

I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Clay and always thought highly of him. Clay was just a great person. May the Lord send His Comfort to you and yours during this time.

Condolence from w w torrey on January 23rd, 2018 8:55 am

What a fine peace officer and friend.

My respects.

Bill Torrey
Milam County and District Attorney
Cameron, Texas

Condolence from Nikki Winder on January 24th, 2018 12:57 pm

Thank you for taking the time to recognize him. Very much appreciated by us all.

Condolence from w w torrey on January 23rd, 2018 8:57 am

What a fine peace officer and friend.
My respects.

Bill Torrey
Milam county and District Attorney
Cameron, Texas

Condolence from Mark Myers on January 23rd, 2018 9:15 am

So sorry for your loss, the world lost a Guardian Angel in Clay Winder. Peace be with you!

Condolence from Dennis Thane on January 23rd, 2018 10:09 am

I was so sorry to here of Clay’s passing. I worked many a day alongside him while he was with TABC and I was with Bryan PD. His drive and energy, integrity and professionalism was always a beacon to his co-workers, both on and off the job. He was always ready to lend a hand where needed and instilled the same in his children. I remember meeting Dusty for the first time when Clay referred him to me to do a road base job at my barn many a year ago. You could tell he had his Dad’s work ethic and good nature and did a great job. May God bless each of you that knew him with comfort and strength while knowing he has left a lasting impact on many. He will be truly missed.

Condolence from Nikki Winder on January 24th, 2018 12:59 pm

Thanks for the kind words Dennis.

Condolence from Dottye (Holder) Tisdale & Aaryn Holder Johnston on January 23rd, 2018 10:47 am

Clay’s Family: My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Clay and my late husband Ben Holder use to hunt together close to 40 years ago. Many good times they had together. Ben passed away in 1992. During the years at TABC my daughter was involved in many stings with Clay for underage drinking. He always took good care of her. He was a exceptional man. My prayers are with the family during this time.

Condolence from Lance Wegwert on January 23rd, 2018 11:42 am

I am very sorry to hear of Clay’s passing. I could talk to this man for hours about anything. My condolences go out to his family. I know he is missed by many people.

Condolence from JoAnn Jones on January 23rd, 2018 7:19 pm

To Nikki, Dusty and Shaun: my deepest condolences to all of you on the death of your dad. He was a man of his word, a great law enforcement officer and friend. I will always remember when I first moved to Bryan, the first people I met were your Mom, Janet, and your dad, Clayton. I will also remember how “big as life” he seemed to me! As I spent more time with him and your family, I came to realize what a good man he was, and how he helped me out during a hard time in my life. For that I will always be grateful. May God be with you all, may His grace be with you in this, your time of need. May He wrap Clay in His arms of grace. May God also be with your mother,Janet, as she spent many years with him and all of you. You have my prayers.

Condolence from Ken Couger on January 23rd, 2018 10:44 pm

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you Nikki, Dusty, Shaun and all of your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may God bless each of you and your Dad’s soul. May God give him eternal rest with the Righteous until resurrection…

Our Love to you All,

Ken Couger & Judy Thurn

Condolence from Ronnie M. Peret on January 24th, 2018 4:09 am

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Clay’s family and pray for them as they give their loved one his just reward for a life of Service to others! Clay was a friend, as were his Mom and Dad! May he Rest In Peace!

God Bless you all!

Condolence from Kenny Ray on January 24th, 2018 8:26 am

What can I say about this great man. Clay had the ability to make people believe in themselves even when they found it hard to do. He is the most caring individual I have ever met that wasn’t scared to tell it like it is. I cannot imagine what Nikki her boys and Sean and Dusty are going thru but I will do whatever I can to assist in any way necessary. Love you guys.

Condolence from Tammy Pollock on January 24th, 2018 12:49 pm

My condolences to your family suffering the loss of this good man. I along with many others, enjoyed working with Clay in his TABC days, and had many fun experiences. It was always going to be a wild ride if Winder was going on a raid with you, but knowing he had your back you knew you were safe, because he was a professional. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Condolence from Rick Arceneaux on January 24th, 2018 1:49 pm

Nikki, Dusty and Shaun, I am sorry for your loss. It was great to see all of you last weekend. I will always remember all the great times spent with your dad. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Bill Basham on January 24th, 2018 2:47 pm

I am so sorry for the passing of my friend Clay. He truly was one of a kind and I was fortunate to have him in my life and will cherish my memories of Clay.

Condolence from Vernon Stawnicz on January 24th, 2018 3:20 pm

Last Sunday the Brazos Valley lost a great friend in Clay Winder. Clay had a deep love for his home town, family and friends. Clay was tuned into things and no one ever doubted anything he said. He was always honest and sincere. He never sugar-coated anything and his friends respected him for that. A lot of people have a lot of friends but friends like Clay don’t come around that often. I recently told my six year old grandson a prayer he can say often for something he is grateful for is as simple as saying thank you Jesus. Thank You Jesus! Thank You Jesus for letting Clay be a part of all our lives. Rest in peace. Happy Hunting. I am sure your name will come up at many future camp fires.

Condolence from Leanne Winkenwerder on January 24th, 2018 3:54 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. When I was a Texas Game Warden in Brazos County, he always welcomed me and we had friendly conversation. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Condolence from patricia surovik on January 24th, 2018 9:32 pm

What a pleasure it was to serve Clay just recently and probably his last meal at the Kettle. He was such a funny, positive man and always had me laughing. It is with great sadness to know that he will no longer sit at table 12. I have and always will miss him. May God bless all the family with love, comfort and joy knowing your dad is with the angels in heaven.

Condolence from Robert Hold on January 24th, 2018 9:41 pm

I was taken back when I heard the word of Clay passing. He and Randy got me interested in TABC and I eventually went to work for TABC. I always remember him smiling and cheerful when we would chat. My prayers for his family. Reading the words of others, it is very clear that Clay had a tremendous impact on many people and was a greatly respected officer and member of the community.

Condolence from Frank Arredondo on January 24th, 2018 10:44 pm

Prayers for the family. Haven’t seen Shaun in years but have many great memories of the Winder family from our days at St. Joseph’s. Thinking of you all during this tough time. May you find the strength and peace during this difficult time.

Frank Arredondo and Family

Condolence from Karen Davenport on January 25th, 2018 7:12 am

To the Winder family, I am so sorry to hear of Clay’s passing. What a great guy and friend. I loved working with him over the years. I often ran into him at the Post Office and we would visit forever. He will be greatly missed. I send prayers to all.

Condolence from Donna Norton Thompson on January 25th, 2018 9:48 am

Clayton was an old friend of mine and even though we didn’t keep in touch, I knew he was a great guy. Always a smile or a hug which we saw each other. My daughter was babysat by Janet and Clay was very sweet to us during that time. His loss is hard to believe and I hope your whole family will know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Glenda Baker on January 25th, 2018 11:14 am

My heart is heavy in hearing of Clay’s passing. I worked with him many years with the TABC. It saddens me that I could not attend his service due to obligations that could not be changed. My deepest condolences to all his loved ones. He made an impact of all he met and will be forever remembered for his wit and smile.

Condolence from Fred Davis on January 25th, 2018 2:33 pm

Dear Nikki, Shaun, Dusty and Winder Family,

I have been out of town and just learned today of Clayton’s death. I am, like you, devastated. Clayton was a very good friend and a fine man. He was one of those very few people that you knew you could count on in every situation.

Hard to believe we knew each other and were friends for over 50 years.

Clayton loved each of you passionately. He was proud of you and spoke of you often. Nothing meant more to him than family.

I knew Clayton as a childhood friend, a law enforcement officer, a competitor and teammate on the softball field, a fellow outdoorsman, and as a close friend. It is safe to say that all those who knew him respected him and, except for a few criminals, loved him. You can’t say that about many men.

You are blessed to have had Clayton for so many years. Your pain is overwhelming now, but peace will eventually come. Keep in mind that Clayton’s greatest desire is for you to be happy and he would never want you to remember him without it bringing a smile to your face and gladness to your heart.

Fred Davis

Condolence from Nathan Curry on January 27th, 2018 12:33 pm

Rest in peace. My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Howard Wiley on January 28th, 2018 6:47 pm

Clay was one of the good guys. I had the honor to meet him through work 30 years ago. As a former Agent, I can tell you he’ll be missef

Condolence from Beverly K. Tate Clark on January 31st, 2018 9:04 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Clayton was a good man. I grew up living across the street from Clayton and his family. He left the world while he was still young. I pray for your family and friends. He helped my Mom many times and had such wonderful family. He will be remembered fondly.

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