Winders died unexpectedly at his home January 24, apparently of a massive heart attack. He was just 57.
Winders was first elected in 1994, serving longer than any other sheriff before him. He's credited with making significant changes to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, but close friends spoke of his impact beyond his department - saying the man affectionately known as the sheriff in hat and boots always kept his door open.
"Carey didn't walk around like he was better than everybody else. He was just down to earth, cowboy boots, hat, he loved the Lord. He was a hard worker. I know for a fact there were times when Carey would go days without sleep in order to solve a crime," said Dr. Richard Glosson.
Winders was laid to rest at Wayne Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and a host of relatives.