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Henson Cargill
Feb 5, 1941 - Mar 24, 2007
Posted by Jo Aguirre

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 Oklahoma City. 

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 deputy sheriff.
 
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. Cargill III.

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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