|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1905|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1965|
Otis Henry Phinney, Jr. was born in Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas on March 25, 1905 to Otis Henry and Laura Ballew Phinney. He was the youngest of 6 children, 2 children died as infants; Ira Isaac Phinney, known as Bill, Faye Phinney Mullins, Glenn William Phinney, Sr. , Opal Phinney Hurst Daniel, and Gladys Phinney Sloan, known as Jackie. From birth he had the nickname Tige. Tige's mother had named him Otis Henry Phinney after his father. His father didn't like that name so they called him Tige after Buster Brown's dog, Tige. His maternal grandfather was William Ballew and his maternal grandmother was Sarah Craft Ballew Reynolds . His paternal grandfather was Isaac Clark Phinney and his paternal grandmother was Sallie Atchison Phinney.
His mother, Laura, died from tuberculosis when Tige was four. He moved to Graham, Young County, Texas when he was still in his teens. His brothers, Bill and Glenn, owned the Phinney Brothers' Meat Market and slaughterhouse. He started working for them when he arrived in Graham.
On May 7, 1926, in Young County, he married Toots Hibler, whom he had met a few years earlier when his brother, Glenn, married Toot's sister, Ethel Hibler. Tige and Toots had 2 children, Jackie and Glenn Phinney.
Tige's brother, Bill, moved to California in the late 1920s, and his brother, Glenn, died in 1931 from an accident at the slaughterhouse. Tige lost his job at the meat market during the depression. He and Toots shared a home with Gordon and Johnnie Ward. Ward and Marie Spivey lived next door. These three couples made it through the depression together and were lifelong friends.
Tige loved horses and they loved him. A great part of his time was devoted to training cutting horses. A cutting horse cuts a cow out of a herd with the rider keeping his hands off the reins - the horse continues the cutting without further instructions.
On July 28, 1965, Tige died of an apparent heart attack. He was only 60 years old. He is buried in Pioneer Cemetery next to his old friend, Ward Spivey, who died the month before. Across from him is buried his other old friend, Gordon Ward. He was a good man and well thought of in the community.
Otis Henry Phinney (1869 - 1935)
Laura W Ballew Phinney (1871 - 1909)
Odessa Hibler Phinney (1907 - 1982)
Jackie M Phinney Ribble (1928 - 2014)*
Glenn Gordon Phinney (1932 - 2014)*
Created by: Dana Ribble
Record added: Dec 23, 2005
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