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John Alfred Kilgore
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Birth: May 10, 1907
Death: Oct. 30, 1967

John Alfred was the son of Nathan Syrus & Margaret Delilah Fisher Kilgore. His siblings were Alpha Gladys, Fisher Preston, Roy Lee, twins Willis and Willard, Leola Louise, and Lloyd Curtis.

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Funeral Held Wed. for J. A. "Red" Kilgore, 60
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, for John Alfred "Red" Kilgore, 60, at the First Baptist Church in Benjamin with the Rev. K. E. Wooley, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Benjamin Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Knox City.

Mr. Kilgore died at 11 a.m. Monday, October 30, at his cafe in Benjamin of an apparent heart attack. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace W C. Glenn.

Born May 10, 1907, at Weinert, he moved to Munday as a child and attended public school there. He had lived in Benjamin for the past 45 years. He and his wife have operated a restaurant there for the past 32 years.

Mr. Kilgore married Gladys Oretta Brown on December 18, 1935, in Vera.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Nelda Faye Brewster of Oklahoma City; one son, Jerry Allen Kilgore of Omaha, Neb.; 2 sisters, Gladys Humphreys of Tulia and Leola Isbell of Benjamin; one brother, Lloyd Kilgore of Lubbock; and 3 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were H. C. Stone, Leroy West, W L. Cartwright, Dutch Benson, Tex Patterson, Clarence Clowers, W. M. Hertel, and Billy Ben Benson.

(The following continues the series of stories by noted wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer that are furnished for your enjoyment and information as a courtesy of Penman Conoco Company.)

The hot sun shown down on the four young horsemen as they trotted down the dusty backstreets of Benjamin, Texas. With BB guns laid across their saddle horns, the boys eyed birds sitting atop high voltage lines, grumbling occasionally when the spooky sparrows flittered away before the gunmen could trot within range with their diminutive Daisy's.

As the day wore on and several miles traversed on the sweaty horses, the youngsters decided the time was right for a drink. Riding up behind the little white building alongside U. S. Hwy. 82, they tied their horses to a large mesquite and strode inside the cool watering hole. Round stools accommodated all four and the tall red-headed man behind the bar knew what each tired fellow needed. Ice cold root beers were quickly placed in front of each horseman and within minutes the juke box blared the meaningless lyrics of "Bird is the Word". The year was about 1964 and the watering hole was Big Red's Cafe.

How well I remember those years when Big Red Kilgore sat those ice cold root beers in front of us and talked like we were as important a patron as any to ever darken his doors. So many times I have laughed at the memory of Kermit and Mark Woolley and my brother and I running over to Big Red's with the incredible news that we had caught some water on fire and almost burned the big cedar tree down next to the Baptist Church. It seemed that in our excitement one of us tipped the burning bucket over under the tree. While sipping a root beer, Big Red cautioned us about pouring gasoline in water and throwing a match to the concoction. We conceded our ignorance as the last drop of root beer drained away and "Bird is the Word" blared a crazy tune on the juke box. -Wyman Meinzer

Family links: 
  Nathan Syrus Kilgore (1870 - 1960)
  Margaret Delilah Fisher Kilgore (1874 - 1961)
  Gladys Oretta Brown Kilgore (1916 - 1990)*
  Alpha Gladys Kilgore Humphreys (1896 - 1991)*
  Willard Kilgore (1903 - 1962)*
  John Alfred Kilgore (1907 - 1967)
  Leola Louise Kilgore Isbell (1909 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Benjamin Cemetery
Knox County
Texas, USA
Created by: Zoe
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
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John Alfred Kilgore
Added by: Zoe
John Alfred Kilgore
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John Alfred Kilgore
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