Obituary, Vestle Edward Wilson

Vestle Edward Wilson passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, at age 96.

Services were held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Groesbeck Church of Christ, with Brother Richard Williams officiating. Burial followed in Hogan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Danny Saling, Brandon Wilson, Brandon Nugent, Keith Easter, Skip Spurlock, and Paul Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Gene Wilson, Dale Wilson, Jack Garrett, Charley Wilson, and Randy Wilson Vestle was born October 30, 1921 to John William Wilson and Pearl Henry Gates Wilson in Box Church, one of nine children. In the Wilson family, all the boys' names started with V and all the girls' names started with A. He grew up and attended school in Box Church.

Vestle was united in marriage with Frances Hudson on April 4, 1941, and they made their home locally all their lives, living sometime in Box Church, Thornton, Ben Hur and then many years near Groesbeck. Vestle was a member of the Church of Christ. Vestle, a life-long rancher, may have been one of the last of the “real” cowboys in this area. With his horse and his cow-dogs (usually about 15 trained dogs) he spent a great part of his life working cattle for his self and for many others. “Sonny” was his favorite horse and Ruff, Whiz, and Tom were the favorite of his many dogs. Vestle had many stories of his cowboy experiences. One of his favorite stories was of the gathering of cattle for the Leonard Brothers out of a 20,000 acre place in the Trinity River bottom when the state had bought it to build a prison. His son Henry, high school age at the time, helped on this work, during which Vestle caught two bulls with one rope and tied them to a tree. Another of the memories he liked to talk about was driving cattle out of the Rawls Sparks river-bottom place during a flood of the Navasota River. He took his horse and dogs and didn’t lose a hoof. Then there was the time he gathered up the scattered cattle when a cattle truck overturned in Robertson County. But the real recognition of his toughness and ability was when a Brahma bull jumped off the cattle truck at the sale barn, climbing over the other bulls in front of him, and ran off, over three miles across town. Vestle not only roped the wild bull but led him all the way back down the streets of Groesbeck to the auction barn. The cowboy life was dangerous but he and his family could look back in later years with pride and fond memories.

Vestle liked to hunt and fish. He loved river fishing in a boat with Henry and Wayne, with trips to the Red River and the Mississippi River and Palestine Lake.

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