Felton D. Henry was born Dec. 22, 1926 and raised in Sweetwater. He passed away on July 24, 2013 in Stuart, Fla. with those who loved him most at his bedside. He was a graduate of Newman High School, Class of ’44. As a young man he was a participating Mason and in July 4th parades he was the one in the little cars running figure eights making the kids laugh and smile.
He was loved by everyone, never met a stranger, was the star of the party and he was a born traveling salesman. In the early 50s he peddled nuts and bolts in the busting oilfields of Odessa. Moving to Dallas, Abilene and back to Dallas in the ‘60s, he sold construction equipment to the job sites for the roads leading into and those companies building DFW Airport plus selling to rental yards. His territories were those states considered to be the Southwest. The door was ALWAYS open to him.
He loved to laugh, always had a smile and he loved to joke. Everyday he got up with a hop in his step. We called him “The Dancing Bear.”
Bowling more than one perfect game he was an accomplished bowler and a fabulous golfer who too late (healthwise) could have qualified for the Senior’s Tour. He loved anything to do with sports, betting and gambling. Las Vegas was his favorite town. It was a great fit as he hosted golf tournaments, “shot dice” and played Keno. He claimed many wins and enjoyed spending it just as much as winning it.
As he traveled on his sales trips to West Texas, he always made a stop to his favorite border town of Juarez, Mexico. He went to the dentist, bought his medicine, shopped on the main drag and bet the “dogs” at the track. He had a Texan’s love of hamburgers, red beans and corn bread and Mexican food (especially from his favorite restaurant the original “El Fenix” downtown Dallas).
Up until the ‘90s Dallas was home until moving to McHenry, IL and then to Palm City, Fla.
The last 2 1/2 years were spent living in the Martin Nursing and Restorative Care Center in Stuart, Fla. He was happy there and the residents and staff loved him, too.
A note of thanks goes to MNRCC and also to Treasure Coast Hospice Care.
Mr. Henry is survived by his daughter, Susan Henry-Busch and her husband Glenn Busch of Azle, TX. Others in his extended family were Margaret Hill, Virginia Nastri and her boys Kim and Randy, Lyndia and Mike Miller and her son David.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erma and Surrey Henry; grandparents, “Doc” and Laura Sheppard, all of Sweetwater; and a brother, Bradley C. Henry of Georgetown.
His final resting place will be in Sweetwater, along side his parents. Memorials to his joyful spirit are requested to be sent to Treasure Coast Hospice Care (1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997) or to Molly’s House in Stuart, FL. (430 SE Osceola St. Stuart, FL 34994). (Mollyshouse.org)