|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1847|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1929|
Henry W. Kingsbery obituary #1
Henry W. Kingsbery Passes To Reward Santa Anna News, Santa Anna, Coleman
County, Texas, January 1929
Henry Williams Kingsbery, one of the best known and most lovable characters in
Coleman county, passed to his reward last Thursday night, January 3rd at his
home six miles south of town.
He has been in failing health for man than one year, prior to which he was
considered one of the most supple men of his age in the county.
Death resulted from the effects of the flu, according to information reaching
us this week, having been stricken with the disease December 22.
Henry Williams Kingsbery was born Carrelton, Ga., February 24th, 1847. Should
he have lived until February 24th, this yea, he would have reached his 82nd
birthday. He came to Texas in the winter of 1876, and spent the first several
years of his life on some of the old historical cattle trails, going with
several large herds from Texas to the northern and western states to market
and range. It was more than interesting to sit and listen to Mr. Kingsbery
tell of incidents that happened while on some of the long drives. By way of
explination the editor is writing this in his room, where we have been for a
week, s uffering with an attack of the flu, and are writing from memory alone.
We have some data in our office that would greatly aid us right here in
preparing an article that we would rather have at this time, but since we have
not been able to leave our room for a solid week, we will just make the best
of the situation we can from what we have at hand and in mind.
Deceased came to Coleman county in 1882, shortly after the county was
organized and has spent nearly fifty years of faithful services in helping to
build and establish one of the leading counties in Central West Texas. He
served for several years at one time in the official capacity of sheriff and
tax collector, but has always been interested in livestock and agricultural
When he retired from public office, he purchased a fine stock farm south of
Santa Anna, where he lived out the remainder of a most valuable life and
expired sometime during the night of Thursday, January 3rd.
Deceased was twice married. His first marriage was to Miss Callie Lane of
Georgetown, Texas, during the year of 1892. To this union was born three
children, all of whom are still living. Howard T. who lived on the ranch with
his father, Miss Merle now Mrs. Lee Woodward of Plainview, Texas, and Carroll
E. also living here. Mrs. Kingsbery died in 1899. Deceased was later married
to Miss Cora Berry of Granbury, Texas, who, together with all three children
and four grandchildren survive him.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon,
conducted by his pastor, Rev. B. R. Wagner, pastor Martin of the Baptist
church, Judge Marcus Weatherred of Coleman, M. J. Norrell of Dallas and Mrs.
J. Hall Bowman of Rising Star all paid beautiful and befitting tributes to the
life of Col. Kingsbery during the funeral services. Deceased was a faithful
member of the Methodist church, and had served for several years as one of the
trustees of the church property. He was also a member of the Stonewall
Jackson Corp. U. C. V.
His remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery to await the Judgment. In
the death of Col. Kingsbery, personally, the editor feels the loss of a very
close friend and counselor. Often we have looked to this treasured old soul
for friendly counsel and never was disappointed. Well do we remember when we
first moved to Santa Anna, a stranger and struggling hard for sustenance for
myself and my family, this wonderful old man came to our office, made himself
known, offered words of encouragement and not only this, but left us a nice
little check in payment of our paper, a box of stationery and a list of local
advertisements to be run in our classified column. We have enjoyed his
constant visits every since, and since that first acquaintance, his visits
have been received and appreciated in a fatherly kind of way, for he never did
occur to us as a stranger after the first meeting. (We pause at this point to
remove the tears from our eyes.) Col. Kingsbery had some faults, but they
were all covered up with his many good qualities. His life was not for
himself alone, but much of it was spent for others. He was often called upon
to go to those in trouble and enver failed. His friendly touch, personality
and good advise has been shared by hundreds, and such a character as he was
will be greatly missed in this country. We will always cheerish his memory
with pleasant thoughts and our sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.
In his passing the community has lost a most treasured asset.
His family has lost a father and companion. His friends have lost one of the
most treasured assets.
The active pall bearers were W. Ford Barnes, Leman Brown, D. W. Keefer,
Burgess Weaver, Roy Stockard, C. W. Woodruff, E. M. Easley, and Press McCord,
the latter being from Coleman.
The following list was named as honary pall bearers:
From Santa Anna: Fred W. Turner, R. C. Gay, F. C. Woodward, J. T. Newman, Dr.
T. M. Hays, Dr. T. R. Sealy, T. J. Lancaster, V. L. Grady, E. P. Rendleman, S.
D. Harper, J. F. Turner, J. D. Simpson, W. R. Kelley, Curtis Collins, D. J.
Barnes, L. W. Hunter, Luther Stewardson, E. L. Woodward, Henry Brown, Lee
Mobley, A. R. Brown, H. I. Shield; from Coleman; Judge J. O. Woodward, Walter
Woodward, E. M. Critz, Marcus Weatherd, R. V. Wood, Will Gay, Wade Golson, W.
J. Coulson, Jim Dibrell, Billie Rose, J. F. Gordon; Capt. J. A. Robertson,
Galveston, Texas; Jim Cox, Gouldbusk; Walter Pope, Austin; Bob Goodfellow,
Austin; Jim Andrews, Bangs; Albert Shaw, Cristoval; M. L. McFarland, Lee
Guthrie, Joe Turner, Earl Gill, E. L. Karr, of Brownsood, and C. B. Rendleman
of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Sarah Ann Williams Kingsbery (1818 - 1904)
Kallie Tucker Lane Kingsbery (1870 - 1899)
Cora Berry Kingsbery (1863 - 1945)*
Howard Thomas Kingsbery (1893 - 1970)*
Merle Kingsbery Woodward (1895 - 1991)*
Carroll Emera Kingsbery (1897 - 1995)*
infant daughter Kingsbery (1902 - 1902)*
Margaret Persis Kingsbery Godfrey (1845 - 1924)*
Henry Williams Kingsbery (1847 - 1929)
Salina Stewart Kingsbery Pritchett (1850 - 1935)*
Santa Anna Cemetery
Plot: Platt II, Block 87
Created by: Michele Mills
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14668050