|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1884|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1967|
The following article was published in the Big Spring Daily Herald on Friday, June 30, 1967:
LBJ Bids Farewell
To Favorite Uncle
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - President Johnson bid a final farewell to a favorite uncle Thursday and then flew to his nearby ranch for his first long visit with his only grandson.
The President, Mrs. Johnson, their daughter Luci and her husband, Pat Nugent, attended the funeral services here for Huffman Baines, the 83-year-old brother of the President's late mother.
Afterward, the Johnsons and the Nugents flew to the LBJ Ranch, where the President was to entertain his grandson, born eight days ago. The President saw him only briefly at an Austin hospital last weekend.
Johnson and the first lady sat with the grieving Baines family during the services. They had flown into Randolph Air Force Base and motored to the funeral home chapel here. Luci and Pat arrived a few minutes earlier.
The chapel which normally seats about 350 was jammed. But few of the mourners got a glimpse of the First Family. The Johnsons and Nugents sat with Baines' widow, sister and son in an alcove at one side of the flower banked chapel, shielded by a partition from most of the crowd.
Streets near the chapel were lined with people, many wearing the bright and brief costume of the tourist. The crowd surged toward the presidential car as it arrived at the chapel.
Dr. John D. Barbee, minister of the Park Hills Baptist Church, conducted the services. He praised Baines as a "giant" who "fought his battles unafraid and possessed of a total and complete courage.
The minister recalled that a number of years ago, after Johnson suffered a heart attack, Baines came to him and asked "Would you kneel here and pray for my nephew?"
Attendance of that nephew at the services marked the stature of Baines, Dr. Barbee said.
"With as little fanfare as possible, the man who possesses the most power in the world came," the minister said. But he came not as the President, Dr. Barbee said, "but as the nephew of Uncle Huff."
Baines, a Texas pioneer in telephone communications, died Monday at a rest home here. He had been under treatment at the home since last September after breaking a hip the month before. The Johnsons visited him while he was in a hospital here last August. Before his injury, Baines visited the President several times at the White House and at the ranch.
Joseph Wilson Baines (1846 - 1906)
Ruth Ament Huffmann Baines (1854 - 1936)
Dora Gladys Marsh Baines (1889 - 1941)*
Huffman Baines (1918 - 1988)*
Rebekah Baines Johnson (1881 - 1958)*
Huffman Baines (1884 - 1967)
Sunset Memorial Park
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71543056
David L. McMonigle
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