Rites Held For Dickens Co. PioneerFuneral services were held Saturday, June 30, for Alex Benge Winkler, 60, resident of Dickens county for more than 50 years, in the First Baptist Church in Dickens, at 4 o'clock. He passed away Thursday night, June 28, in the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo.
Rev. H. L. Burnam, Rev. Victor Crabtree and Rev. Alderman officiated at the services. The large crowd of friends in attendance for the last rites attested to the high esteem in which he was held.
Those surviving include his wife of Dickens; one son, Billie Pat and one grandson, Michael Lynn of Spur; two sisters, Mmes. Jewel Koon of Spur and Nettie Littlefield of Dickens; one brother Harley Winkler of Dallas, and several nieces and nephews.
Alex, as he was better known to his friends, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Winkler of the Croton community. They were among the early day settlers of Dickens county, coming here in 1897 from Baylor county and settling in the Croton community, ten miles east of Dickens.
He was married to Miss Emma Koonsman, December 28, 1922. To this union was born one son, Billie Pat Winkler.
Winkler united with the Methodist Church at the age of twenty five which he regularly attended when his health permitted.
He was a veteran of World War I, in which he served for over two years. He had held membership in the Masonic Lodge for many years. At the time of his death he was Justice of Peace of Dickens.
The Masons held graveside services with Worshipful Master, Mudge E. H. Bodecker of Lubbock, delivering the eulogy.
Pallbearers were Fred Harrison, Frank Murphy, Amos Jackson, Charlie Wyatt, K. W. Street and Hugh Swaringen.
Interment was in the Dickens cemetery with Campbell Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
©The Texas Spur, July 5, 1951
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