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Funeral services for Henson Cargill, an Oklahoma City native country
music star were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007 at Highland
Hills Baptist Church. Burial was held in Memorial Park Cemetery in
Feb 5, 1941 - Mar 24, 2007
Posted by Jo Aguirre
He was born February 5, 1941 in Oklahoma City to Otto Arthur and Wanda
Nadine Henson Cargill and died Saturday, March 24, 2007 in Oklahoma City
from complications following surgery at the age of 66.
He attended Lynwood Elementary, Taft Junior High and graduated from
Northwest Classen High School. He married his high school sweetheart,
Marta Dupree and moved to Fort Collins Colorado in the early 1960s to
study veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. He returned to
Oklahoma City, and worked as a court clerk, private investigator, and
He hosted a nationally syndicated television show called “The Country
Hayride” and he went on the road with a musical group called the
Kimberleys, later forming his own band. He was best-known for his first
hit , a million-selling 1968 hit "Skip a Rope." It topped the country
charts for five weeks and was also a crossover success in the pop music
charts. His career spanned some 35 years with some 15 national chart
records, nine LPs, 12 national TV appearances, Reno, Nevada’s
Entertainer of the Year and he had his own record label. He was
nominated Most Promising Male Vocalist, was a Grammy award nominee and
won numerous ASCAP achievement awards during the next decade.
In the 1980's, he owned and operated Henson's , a west-Oklahoma City
country music showplace that hosted such acts as Ray Charles, Merle
Haggard, Roy Orbison, Glenn Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Cargill's
friend and mentor, Johnny Cash.
He married Sharon Simms on September 8, 1988.
Preceding him in death were grandfather, O. A. Cargill (former mayor of
Oklahoma City in the 1920's) ; his parents and older brother, O. A.
Survivors include his two sons, Cash Cargill of Edmond and Clayton K.
Cargill of Eagle Rock, Mo.; daughter Nicole Duran of Edmond; five
sisters, Carol Lash of Oklahoma City, Christy Best of Santa Cruz.,
Calif., Angela St. John of Montrose, Colo., Jennifer Cargill of Chicago,
and Kima Cargill of Seattle; one brother, John R. Cargill of Santa Cruz,
Calif.; and four grandchildren.
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