Henry Lavell Killion, age 83, was called home to be with the Lord at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from the V.A. Hospital in Temple, Texas.

H.L., born Aug. 16, 1926, in May, Brown County, was the son of Henry Floyd Killion and Mary Myrtle Patton.

Henry joined the U.S Army, Dec. 12, 1945, during his senior year at Comanche High School. He was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. While stationed there he was a Sharp Shooter with the M1 rifle and served as gun range instructor.

H.L. was successful with any trade he set his mind to, such as, operator for Majestic Theatre in Rising Star, rebuilding oil field equipment, auto body repair, owner and operator of Killion Oil Drilling, Killion Water Well and Pump Service, Mayor Of Rising Star in the late 1970ís, electrical and refrigeration, and Design Machinist for Kohler Company and Crane Plumbing.

Henry was married to LaJuan Jenkins Sept. 19, 1953, at his parentsí home in May. From this 55-year union came two daughters, Yvonne K. McCutchen and Sybrinna Killion both of Early; one son, Wesley Bryan Killion and wife Tonya of Franklin, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Michelle Bass and husband Bill of Athens, Texas, Jolene Morris of Brownwood, Jeremy McCutchen and wife Mitzi of Early, Kailani Killion of Nashville, Tenn., Zachary Killion of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Brett Killion of Franklin, Tenn.; and six great grandchildren, MaKayla, Hesston, William, Hailey, Cali, and Jorian.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Higgingbotham Funeral Home in Rising Star. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept 5, 2009, in the First Baptist Church of Rising Star.