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Thomas Earl Henning
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Thomas Earl Henning died on April 25, 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He born in Dryden, Texas on March 18, 1927 to Earl (Pappy) Franklin Henning and Gladys Mae (Haley) Henning. Thomas Earl was the oldest of thirteen children. He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert Earl Henning; sister Helen Jo Robinson; brothers Jack Allen Henning, Clarence Henning, and Charles Edgar Henning.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Dolores DelRio (Henderson) Henning; his son Ronnie Dale Henning (Jayme); four brothers Fred Lee, Edwin, Clyde Ross, and Ray Wallace; four sisters Earline Goldsum, Margaret Johnson, Brenda Marraggia, and Jimmie Lynn Henning; grandchildren Shannon Leigh (Henning) Smith (Seth), Thomas Jake (TJ) Henning (Cindy); step-grandchildren Kendra Baxter Baird (Matt), and Shane Baxter; great granddaughters Sara LeighAnne Henning and Madison Leanne Baird; great grandsons Marshal Baird and Mason Baird; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and in the occupation of Japan. Soon after his discharge from the Navy he went to work for Quintana Petroleum Corp. and remained there for twenty-seven years. He was married to Dolores Henderson on May 21, 1949. He was a very loving husband and father of his two sons. Tom was a teacher at heart, and loved his Little League baseball team. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Refugio for a number of years, a member of Refugio Lion's club, and a lifetime member of Refugio VFW. As owner of an oilfield company, he purchased animals at the county fair from 4-H children. He raised Beefmaster cattle, and loved going to market to be with the other cowboys. He was a great dancer, and loved to teach the young ones to dance.
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