|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1891|
Tom Green County
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1972|
New Mexico, USA
Henry Lloyd Andrews was born Aug 26, 1891, in San Angelo, Tex. He was a cowboy for the Bar N Bar and Matador Ranches until he went to work for the railroad at Crosbyton, Tex., in June of 1917.
When Ina Maye Fullingim, one of the daughters of John K. and Emma (Farmer) Fullingim, met Henry L. "Shorty" Andrews, he was working as a "boomer" or traveling cowhand at a ranch near Crosbyton. Shorty was age twenty-one and had been a cowhand since age fourteen when he had left his home at Robert Lee, Texas, to work on a West Texas ranch. He wore boots his entire adult life and had to have them hand made since size five was not a stock size for men's boots. He worked on several ranches in West Texas before he came to the Crosbyton area. At one ranch Shorty was thrown from a horse and broke his leg. Since there was no doctor available, the other cowhands set the leg, bracing it straight with boards. The leg knitted crooked. This left him with one leg slightly shorter than the other and caused him to walk with a small limp the remainder of his life. Shorty worked for the Bar N Bar and the Z Bar L outfits and many others in the area.
Maye and Shorty were married on 11 December 1912 on Maye's eighteenth birthday in Crosbyton, Texas, where they continued to live until 1918. During those years Shorty worked as a cowhand and also at the City Hotel for his father-in-law, John K. Fullingim. He was hired by the A.T. & S.F. (Santa Fe) railroad during these years and stayed with the railroad for over fifty years until his retirement in Clovis, New Mexico. His first job with the Santa Fe was polishing the brass on the old steam engines. From that starting point, he progressed on to a switchman, then to a brakeman, and finally to a conductor in the freight service. During those years he worked in Amarillo, Slaton, Canadian—all in Texas, and in Belen and Clovis, N.M. In the final years he was a conductor in the passenger service. "Shorty" retired from the railroad in 1967 after 50 years and was a conductor when he retired.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clovis, New Mexico, where he was active in the Men's Bible Class, Masonic Lodge No. 40 and the United Transportation Union. Shorty is remembered fondly as a happy-go-lucky man. Quick with a smile and a laugh and ready and willing to help anyone he could when they needed his help.
Shorty was a resident of Clovis since 1922, and he died at age 80, on Monday, 10 April 1972. He was survived by his widow, Maye; a grandson, Bob Andrews, of Atlanta, Ga., who had been reared in his home, and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Charles V. Steed Memorial Chapel with Rev. Walter Hunt officiating, assisted by Rev. Peyton Fullingim, a first cousin of his wife, Maye.
Pallbearers were Brooks Hilliard, Maurice Houk, C.A. Petty, R.E. Brian, V..D. Payne and Tom Secry. Members of Masonic Lodge 40 were honorary pallbearers. Graveside services were conducted by the Clovis Masonic Lodge, with interment in Lawn Haven Cemetery under the direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home.
(Bio is based in part on the printed obituary, Clovis [NM] News-Journal, Tues., April 11, 1972, pg. 2)
Ina Maye Fullingim Andrews (1895 - 1980)*
John Marion Andrews (1913 - 1944)*
Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery
New Mexico, USA
Created by: J. Michael Fullingim
Record added: May 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70392283