Harry Born

Harry Born, 92, passed into eternity on Monday, March 9, 2020, at his home in Follett less than one mile from where he was born. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Darrouzett with Rev. Stephen Ammons officiating. Family visitation will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Perryton on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. of Perryton, Texas.

Harry was born and raised in Lipscomb County and graduated from Darrouzett High School in 1945 after attending a one room schoolhouse for many years where he rode horseback to school. He met his wife, Lillian, at a Congregational Church conference and they married in 1950 and raised four sons: Stanley, Darrell, Lynn, and James. To date, Harry and Lillian have eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Harry enlisted in the Air Force in 1952. His basic training was at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was then transferred to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was trained as a B-36 mechanic. During this time, he was sent to Guam for a time to work on B-50 airplanes. He was then transferred back to Roswell. He also trained for a time at B-47 Mechanic School at Amarillo, Texas.

Harry spent four years active duty and four years reserve duty in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1960. After serving in the Air Force, Harry returned back home to continue working at the ranch in Lipscomb County and over time built the farming operation into Ochiltree County as well. In the early years from the 1940's to the 1960's a partnership was formed with his father and brother, known as Alex Born & Sons. In the later years, Harry and his sons operated Born Herefords providing outstanding Hereford cattle to ranchers across the United States. Harry also built up his farming operation in both in Lipscomb County and Ochiltree County where he farmed both grain sorghum and wheat. After his retirement, he was active in helping his sons farm and ranch for many years. He also enjoyed camping and fishing throughout his lifetime.

Harry was active in the community by serving on the Darrouzett Independent School Board for a number of years. He also was awarded the title of Lipscomb County Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1993 and was inducted into the Texas Hereford Association as an honorary member.

The most important aspect of Harry's life was his devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He became a Christian in 1951 at a revival in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He was a member of St. John's Congregational Church in Follett for 67 years from 1927-1994. Harry served in the church in several roles including: deacon, trustee, treasurer, Sunday school superintendent, and Sunday school teacher. He has been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Darrouzett since 1994.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents Alex and Selma Born, son Darrell Born, sister Irene Hamburger, brother-in-law Harvey Hamburger, granddaughter Tamara Born, and great-grandson Sterling Franks.

Harry is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Lillian, and their three sons: Stanley (Ronda) Born of Darrouzett, Lynn (Rayma) Born of Follett, and James (Dana) Born of Perryton; one brother, Leroy (Gertrude) Born of Darrouzett. Other survivors include his grandchildren Terri (Gene) Franks, Weston (Kristin) Born, Nicole (Eric) Woodson, Jessica (Bryan) Bell, Lane Born (fiancée Shayne Gallagher), Lonnie (Chelsea) Born, Ethan Born, and Evan Born. He is also survived by greatgrandchildren Sheldon (Taylor) Franks, Sierra Franks, Sheridan Franks, Shayne Franks, Sheyenne Franks, Hudson Born, Kortlyn Born, Cambryn Born, Breckyn Born, Kulton Garton, Ryker Garton, Dash Garton, Alexis Bell, Brooklyn Bell, and Landon Born. He is also survived by great-great grandchildren Gunner Franks and Truitt Franks as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will miss his soft voice, gentle smiles, and always caring attitude. He loved the Lord, his family, farming, and good cattle and left a rich and lasting heritage.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Ochiltree General Hospice Volunteers, 3101 Garrett, Perryton, Tx 79070 or the First Baptist Church of Darrouzett, 110 Santa Fe Ave, Darrouzett, Tx 79024

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