Henry Estes '57 July 12, 2023 10:41 AM updated: July 12, 2023 10:52 AM
May 2, 1935 - June 18, 2023
Henry Estes, 88, surrounded by his family, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 18, 2023.
Henry was born on May 2, 1935, in Bryan, Texas. He was a 1953 graduate of Navasota High School. Henry attended Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas where he played baseball. He transferred to Texas A&M University where he graduated in 1957 with a degree in Entomology.
After graduation, he joined the Army, where he was stationed at the Federal Office Building in New York City. While there, he and other service men worked extra hours on the weekend at local hospitals. This is where he met his wife, Juanita. After his service in the Army, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked for Orkin and then moved back home to Bryan, Texas where he worked for Pennwalt Chemical Corporation.
After moving to Memphis, TN in 1967, he worked for two large agricultural chemical companies, Ciba/Ciba-Geigy and Nor-Am. In April 1974, Henry joined Nickey Warehouses, Inc., where he began his career in public warehousing, logistics and transportation. Henry transformed Nickey Warehouses, Inc. into a key Third-Party Warehouse Operation in Memphis, TN. At the time of his death, Henry was an active Board Member at the Agricenter International.
Henry never lost his love for the outdoors and farming. He had an incredible eye for land. He could look at a property and determine quickly its value and potential. He loved going to the farm to check on the crops being grown and their progress.
He is preceded in death by his wife Juanita, his father Charles F. Estes, his mother Bernarda Estes, brothers Charlie, Willie, Robert, Joe, and his sister Flora.
Henry is survived by his daughter Karen (Charlie), grandchildren Tori (Spencer), Jonathan and Michael, great grandchildren Henry and George, and his twin brother Sam (Hazel). He also leaves behind his dear friend and neighbor of 40 years, several nieces and nephews, and dear friends.
He loved his family fiercely and will be missed by many. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother. He faithfully attended Ridgeway Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Monday June 26 from 5:00pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday June 27, 2023, at 1:00 in the Riverside Chapel at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119.
Memorial Donations may be made to Agricenter International Educational Programs in honor of Henry Estes
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