James L. “Bud” Henry of Sabinal, Texas died peacefully and went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2018 at the age of 89.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Faye Henry; children, James Michael Henry and wife, Cathy, and Diana Kay Schwind and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Jessica Leigh Schwind and Kelsey Alyse Schwind; and his sister, Eleanor White. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Melba Henry and Margie Spurgeon. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Belle Garnett Henry; father, Alvis Luther Henry, and his brother, Ray Harper Henry.
Jimmy was born on August 23, 1928 at the Henry Farm near Sabinal, Texas. After graduating from Sabinal High School in 1945, he attended Texas A&I University for one semester. Then Jim returned home to pursue farming. He married Faye Spurgeon on August 4, 1950. After moving to Valdina Farms, Jimmy took over the farming operation at Valdina. Two years later the couple welcomed their son, Mike, into their home. Another six years passed before they were blessed with a daughter, Diana.
His children remember him as a kind and gentle father, yet he raised his children with a firm hand. He always encouraged them to pursue their goals no matter where that might take them. He was determined to see his children complete college.
After 12 years at Valdina, he and his brother Ray combined their talents to start Henry Brothers Farms. Since farming and ranching were so central to his being, Jimmy continued farming until the very end of his life. From very humble origins, Henry Brothers became a large and successful operation.
If you asked Jimmy what he did, he would reply, “stock-farmer”. He especially loved the cattle operation part of the business. He was a generous, witty, and dedicated individual who loved gardening and who was passionate about sports, especially the Sabinal Yellowjackets, the Baylor Bears, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Orioles.
He was an active and dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Sabinal and served as a deacon in the church for 25 years. He also held a position for eight years as a board member of Sabinal ISD. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Uvalde County Farm Bureau, Uvalde County Co-op, and several other organizations.
A funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in Sabinal, Texas. Reverend Monty Benson officiated the ceremony. Interment followed at the Sabinal Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Tommy Foster, Martin Foster, Moises Martinez, David Fowler, Joe Boyd, and C.A. Stein, Jr.. Honorary Pallbearers were Danny McFaddin, Eddie McKinney, Eugene Verstuyft, Ross Burris, Joe Redus, and Walter Wilmeth.
Please send memorial donations to Sabinal Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 94, Sabinal, Texas 78881 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 156, Sabinal, Texas 78881.
The family would like to thank all who cared for Jimmy in these past few months.
HEAVEN"S GATE HAS WELCOME A TRULY GREAT GENTLE- MAN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOLANDA G. MORENO
yolanda g. morenouvalde, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with each and every family member.
Jody ElrodUvalde / Pleasanton, TX