Woodrow Wilson


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Woodrow Wilson Kindle

Oct 21 1914 - Sep 09 2010

Woodrow Wilson Kindle, lifetime resident of Celina, Texas passed away September 9, 2010 at age 95 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Woodrow was born October 21, 1914 northeast of McKinney near the community of Altoga. He was the sixth of nine children born to Ephrum Delbert and Rebecca Jane Bagwell Kindle. In December 1928, Woodrow and his family moved to Bishop Ranch, northwest of Celina. He married Vera Pearl Hunt December 17, 1934, and they celebrated 74 years of marriage before Vera passed away on September 21, 2009. Woodrow and Vera remained in Celina the rest of their lives where together they worked and reared their family. During the Great Depression, they worked tirelessly in their grocery store on the Celina Square. Later, Woodrow owned a lumberyard and built houses in Celina, many still occupied today. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Woodrow enjoyed fishing and hunting, and spent much of his leisure time at Lake Texoma. Although he never learned to read music, he played the piano, harmonica, and guitar by ear. He always enjoyed getting together with friends for a jam session and a few choruses of “Little Brown Jug” or “You Are My Sunshine”. He and Vera enjoyed square dancing, and Woodrow even provided square dance calling on occasion. Woodrow attended the First Methodist Church where he and Vera were long-time members. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and all his siblings. He is survived by his daughters, Helen Kindle McGraw and husband, Robert G. McGraw of Dallas, and Sally Kindle Anderson and husband Carl Anderson of McKinney; Grandchildren, Matthew McGraw and wife Monica of Dallas, Brandon Wilkerson and wife, Keiko of Frisco, Erin Wilkerson Bridgewater and husband Brad of Frisco, Robert P. McGraw and wife Tara of Dallas, Lee McGraw Dansby and husband Devin of Houston, Sage, Trey, and Kindle Pierce of McKinney; step-grandchildren, Kristin and Sara Anderson of McKinney; Brock, Amber, and Kira Pierce of Dallas; great grandchildren, Meredith Kindle McGraw of Dallas, Bennett Lee Dansby of Houston, and Sydney Lee Bridgewater of Frisco. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care provided to Woodrow by his caregivers, Jane Clark, and Rita Reese, and the staff at Settlers Ridge Care Center in Celina and Heart to Heart Hospice. The family will receive friends at a Visitation to be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Celina, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Celina. Interment will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery, Celina. Woodrow and Vera often assisted less fortunate children in their community by providing tuition for church camp or buying a needed prom dress. To continue this tradition, an endowment fund has been set up in their honor. If you would like to make a donation in Woodrow or Vera’s memory, you may send your gift, made out to “FUMC, The Vera and Woodrow Kindle Endowment Fund” to the First United Methodist Church PO Box 306, Celina, TX 75009.
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