April 4, 1925 - May 20, 2015
Harold Taylor Henslee
Born April 4, 1925, in the West Texas town of Best, Texas, Harold died peacefully after a lengthy illness on April 20, 2015. Harold was the eldest son of Clinton Warren and Alleen Elston Taylor Henslee.
Mr. Henslee is survived by Charles Henslee, his brother, of Houston, Texas, Marilyn Nichols Henslee, his beloved former wife and lifelong best friend, of Richmond, Texas, a son, Mark Taylor Henslee of Lawton, Oklahoma, a daughter, Janice Reed Henslee Mixson and Mack Mixson, her husband, of Addison, Texas and six grandchildren: Clinton Marshall Mixson and Kellye, his wife, of Austin, Texas, Jeffrey Mack Mixson and Jiae Park, his wife, of Seoul, South Korea, Will Taylor Henslee, of Friday Harbor, Washington, Rachel Denise Henslee, of Friday Harbor, Washington, Kimberly Anne Mixson Doyle and Jim Doyle, her husband, of Plano, Texas, and Kathryn Kaye Mixson Sheehan and Patrick Sheehan, her husband, of Dallas, Texas. Harold was also survived by four great-grandchildren: Brandon Brown, Atticus Mixson, Caden Doyle, and Jenna Victoria Mixson, who was born the day of Harold’s death in Seoul, South Korea. Harold is survived by numerous nephews and nieces and their children, and by cousins Kay McKay Meyers, Malcolm McKay, Peggy Huddleston, and “kissing’ cousin” Frances Avis. Mr. Henslee was preceded in death by Emily Kathryn Henslee, a granddaughter.
After their father was killed in an oilfield accident in 1933, Harold and his brother were raised in the home of their grandparents, William Elston and Maude Viola Taylor (affectionately known as Daddy Will and Mama Taylor), in Pyote, Texas, while their mother worked away as an insurance secretary. In the late 1930’s, the boys and their mother moved to Amarillo, Texas. Harold played basketball, ran track, and went to the state meet in high jump while attending Amarillo High School, graduating in 1942. Harold enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 after attending Amarillo College for a year. Ensign Henslee graduated from the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in 1945, a Naval Aviator and pilot of a Torpedo Bomber Fighter. Discharged honorably from active duty in December, 1945, Harold served in the Naval Reserves until 1955, when he resigned his commission having attained the rank of Lieutenant, J.G. Harold attended the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, earning a B.S. in Geology in 1950. During that time, he met Marilyn Reed Nichols who was studying psychology at the University of Texas. They married in August of 1948.
Harold was employed by Phillips Petroleum in Amarillo in 1950 until 1970, when he became an independent petroleum geologist. He was a skilled geoscientist working in subsurface geology to explore and develop deep gas and oil reservoirs, with a special knowledge of the Anadarko Basin under the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma region. During his career, Mr. Henslee served in leadership positions with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Panhandle and West Texas geological societies. Other involvements included serving on the Alibates Flint Quarry National Monument Committee, President of the Olsen Park Elementary School PTA, President of the Phillips Employee’s Credit Union, and as a committee member with Boy Scout Troop 80 of Amarillo. Other activities Harold enjoyed were boating and fishing, becoming certified as an instrument-rated pilot in the early 1970s, traveling with family, hunting, and playing golf. In his post-retirement, Harold enjoyed driving a limousine for the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, for nine years.
Memorial gifts are encouraged to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to The University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Gifts may be mailed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 3rd Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10017, or made online at www.nationalmssociety.org. Gifts designated for the McDonald Observatory may be mailed to The University of Texas at Austin, Development Office, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713, or made online at www.utdirect.utexas.edu.
Services for Harold will be held on Friday, May 22, 11 a.m. at Morton Cemetery, in Richmond, Texas with Rev. Eric Ryburn of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. A memorial service will be held in Amarillo, Texas, on June 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church officiated by the Rev. Steve Stephens.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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