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William Oscar Henry

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William Oscar Henry Bill was born July 1, 1926 in Hope, Texas to W.O. and Mittie Henry. He died October 24, 2011 in Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary, in 2002, and three sisters: Margene Taylor, Avis Henry, and Lee Hamm. He is survived by two daughters: Linda and husband Mike Greenhaw, Katherine Henry, and grandson James Greenhaw and wife Lindsey. He was expecting his first great grandchild, Abigail, in November 2011. He served with the U S Army in WWII spending 18 months in the Philippines and occupied Japan. He returned to Austin after the war and met and married his wife of 54 years, Rosemary Seiders. In 1950 he was hired by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where he worked as a frameman for 12 years, building mechanic for 1 year, and remaining 19 years as an air condition specialist. He retired in 1982. In 1958 Bill joined the Travis County Sheriff's posse and while there Sheriff Lang asked if he would work part time for the Sheriff's department. He served as a dispatcher on Saturday nights, a field investigator, and as a patrolman. He helped organize a Rescue Unit in 1967 from members of the Sheriff's posse which answered calls in Travis, Fayette, Hays, Burnet and Comal counties. In the Posse he served as Secretary, Treasurer, Third Vice-president, First Vice-president, President, and Chairman of the Board. He was made a life member of the Sheriff's Posse in 1986. He served on the Austin Telco Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for over 40 years in the positions of Credit Committee, Treasurer, First Vice-president, Security Officer, and Chairman. Bill had a large collection of barbed wire that he displayed at conventions and fairs across the state. He was a member of the Balcones Barbed Wire Post, Austin, Texas, and the Texas Barbed Wire Collectors Association, serving as President and Secretary of the local club and as Vice President and board member of the state organization. He was a member of the Capital Life Members Club of Telephone Pioneers in Austin where he served as Treasurer, Second Vice- President and First Vice-President. He was President of the Retirees Coordinating Board in 1992, 1993, and 1997, 1998. As a member of St John's United Methodist Church in Austin he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, on the Endowment Fund Committee, and many years on the Education Commission and as Superintendent of Sunday School. He served as a member on the Advisory Board for the Austin Senior Center from 1994 to 1997 and as Vice President in 1996 and President in 1999. He was a member of the Communications Workers Association Local 6132 and Retired Members Club. Bill will be dearly missed by all. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Weed- Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Rd. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church or The Montopolis Friendship Center. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 27, 2011
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