James Mae Henson was born October 27, 1927 and raised in Keechi, a community east of Buffalo. His parents were Oscar Wesley and Justine (Hartley) Henson. After graduating high school, he attended Sam Houston State College in Huntsville from 1948 until 1952 and, later, received his Masters Degree in 1957. He met his wife, Peggy, who was raised in the Concord Community west of Centerville. She was attending Centerville High School. They met while skating in Centerville. On March 5, 1950, they were married in Keechi. They were married in secret because Peggy was only seventeen years old!
James was an educator and coach in Buffalo for thirty-seven years and had an unusually excellent record of defeating arch rival, Centerville, in football. He was very proud of this.
In an article once written about the lives of James and Peggy, it was stated that “if there is such a thing as an ‘Education Legacy’ it belongs to the Henson Family.” James and Peggy and four of their children are or were involved in education as well as several of the children’s spouses.
James Mae Henson passed away in Fairfield, Texas on January 11, 2019 at the age 91 years. His funeral was held 3 P.M., Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Calvary Christian Center near Oakwood, Texas. Pastor Wesley Henson and Pastor Jack Smith officiated, and burial followed in the Buffalo City Cemetery.
James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Sally Gore, Mollie Mullenax and Mary Ethel (Henson) Webb; a brother, Tim Dalton Henson and daughter, Paula Cale Henson.
Surviving family includes his wife of over sixty-eight years, Peggy (Pipes) Henson; sons and daughters-in-law, Oscar Wesley Henson (Rose), James Mae Henson, Jr. (Carla) and David Pipes Henson (Rebecca); a daughter, Ruth Joyce Rodell (John) all of Buffalo; thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ex Students Association for the James Mae Henson Scholarship, P.O. Box 492, Buffalo, Texas 75831.
Arrangements were under the direction of Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas.