Gilbert Henley

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Gilbert Henley, 85, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Amemorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home in FortWorth. Born Feb. 3, 1929, Gilbert grew up on a farm in San Augustine and was a graduate of San Augustine High School. He served as a maintenance supervisor for the Texas Highway Department, retiring in 1987. He was involved in agriculture all of his life and raised cattle for 35 years. Gilbert worked to make his community a better place to live. He was president and a longtime member of the Hardin County Farm Bureau where he worked to preserve the farm way of life. He was named "Professional Man of the Year" by Lower Neches Soil and Water Conservation District of Texas in recognition of his conservation efforts; and partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents to develop agricultural result demonstrations. When Gilbert learned that Hardin County was the only county where children did not have a local fairground and animal display forum, he founded the Hardin County Fo estry and Agricultural Youth Association. As president, Gilbert was instrumental in obtaining 15 acres of donated land for the county fairground and youth center. Gilbert was a senior adult ministry president for Pinecrest Baptist Church, vice president of Senior Citizens All Together and chairperson of the Hardin County Beautiful Committee. In 2002, he moved to Fort Worth, where he was active at Connell Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Carlile; and son, Ronnie Henley. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, June; daughter, Rita Sue Henley; stepdaughters, Sherian Kae Chapa, Sonya Young and Marilyn Nappier; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
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