James M. "Henry" Kile – January 30, 2016

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James M. “Henry” Kile, 87, of Amarillo, died Saturday, January 30, 2016. Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Hillside Christian Church West Chapel, 6100 S. Soncy, with Danny Fulton officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be by DAV Chapter 26. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born on June 5, 1928, in Hagerman, New Mexico to Ben and Willie Kile. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1946. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Westlyn College and a Master’s degree in education from West Texas State.  His career included four years of military service with the United States Army and 42 years with Amarillo Independent School District where he served as a teacher and coach.  He offered a lifetime of service as an advocate of youth athletics, sports official and mentor to young people.  He served on numerous boards and committees promoting primary and secondary education, amateur athletics, global citizenship, and various non-profit charities.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Blanchard Kile; and his second wife, Betty Jean Kile.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Kile and wife JoDean, of Amarillo, and Don Kile of Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Elaine Kile McDaniel of Marble Falls, and Diane Kile-Hunsucker of Mesa, Arizona; Nine grandchildren, Christina Fergison and husband Keith of Round Rock, Jamie Kile of Vail,Co., Caitlin Whitis, Ryland Whitis, and Cameron Whitis, all of Austin, Kennedy Kile of Flagstaff, Arizona, Colin Kile of Phoenix, Arizona, J.L. Hunsucker of Mesa, Arizona, and Haylee Hunsucker, also of Mesa, Arizona; and two great-grandchildren, Alex Fergison and Abby Fergison of Round Rock.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

The family suggests memorials be to the Maverick Boys and Girls Club, 1923 S Lincoln St, Amarillo, TX 79109.

0 Replies to “James M. "Henry" Kile – January 30, 2016”

  1. James and I were friends from the old “Maverick Club” on 3rd St., to Gym-Lake “guarding”, and all the way through AHS and College. He was a factor in my even going to College at all. Few of you would know what a “rowdy” he was in his young days; but he was!!. Thus……….he was well equipped to handle “rowdies” as a teacher. Helluva Guy!!
    John(Frank)Taylor
    Col. USAF Ret.

  2. Coach Kile was one of the finest men I have ever known. I know that he and my dad and Harlon Voyles are calling the BIG game in heaven tonight…. and then having a few beers!

  3. Coach Kile was a great motivator and had a passion for helping kids to strive to be the best they could
    be. I will always value the friendship we had.
    God bless those he has left behind, as I know he will be sorely missed.

  4. Mr. Kile was such a huge part of my “growing up”. My Mom and Edna were good friends, as my family was with all of the Kiles. Mr. Kile taught me how to swim as a very little girl and taught me drive a car (and change a tire!) many years later. He was just always in my world.
    My Granddaddy always told me to make sure that you leave the planet a better place than it was when you got here. Mr. Kile has certainly done that. The world is a darker place without him here. I will always hold him in my heart.

  5. Coach Kile was the best coach I ever had… worked our tails off which was exactly what we needed. I later found out from my mom that dated some while at AHS. He called her “coke bottle” after her figure. I told him that once in gym class and he cracked up. Great coach, great human being. They don’t come like coach much any more. Tascosa and Amarillo lost a great mentor and friend.
    Farewell Coach.

  6. Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Coach James Kile was fortunate indeed. Everything he did (and he did a lot) he did with gusto and with heart.
    I got to meet him through the Maverick Boys & Girls Club as a Board Member and as interim Director for a while. He loved that club and he loved every kid that came through those doors -even the little knot heads. The youth of Amarillo have lost a great ally and we have lost a good friend. God bless you Coach.

  7. Coach Kile—“The Man-The Myth-The Legend”. It is hard for me to express how much this man meant to me, from wrestling for him to working for him at Amarillo Country Club. He was more than “Coach Kile”, in our house he was known as “Daddy Kile”. He wore my backside out a time or two, but was always there for me. My deepest sympathies to the family, thank you for sharing this man with so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Clay Mosley class of 1977

  8. In the fifth grade I was in the class of Edna Kile. Mrs. Kile was a great teacher and I loved her so much that it influenced me to become a wrestler when I went to high school. Coach Kile became a great influence on my life and the lives of so many that went through the wrestling program at Tascosa High. Under his hard exterior was a man that I completely trusted, admired, and respected. I learned so many lessons about working hard and never giving up through the years that I spent with him. I am honored to have been a small part of the life of this great man and I am sorry that I will never get the chance to have coffee again with him. My prayers go out to his family and I am sorry that I live so far away and cannot attend his service. Randy Ralston

  9. Uncle James will always live in my memory and have a place in my heart. Through many visits between Texas, New Mexico, and California, his strong presence formed a lasting impression and his love was felt. I especially remember his loving kindness, strong presence, and the hospitality of him and his wife, Jean, at the funeral of my father, Thornton Blanchard, Jr., who was the brother of his first wife, Edna,

  10. RIP Coach. Met Coach around the age of 5 at the Maverick Club, 9 years later he gave me my letter jacket, he told me not to be showing it off, I did. Great man.

  11. I did my student teaching under Coach Kile in1970. He taught me more that semester than I thought possible. I coached for forty years and I often thought what would coach do. He was an inspiration and guide. Condolences to the family.

  12. COACH KILE…I did my student teaching under Coach Kile in 1975-was a great experience! I saw him years later at PCC @ A PROMISE KEEPERS MEETING! BET HE’S WRESTLING SOME ANGEL ON A GOLDEN MAT RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!! GOD BLESS!!

  13. Coach Kile was my driver’s ed teacher in-class in 1990 at Tascosa as well as behind the wheel a few times. I think of him at least once a week, always when I’m driving. Behind that gruff exterior was a guy who really loved his job and loved kids. Such a great legacy.

  14. A righteous man that I think about and miss every day. He always made you feel good about yourself, and provided ample praise and discipline. From Coach Kile I learned more than anything else how to respect myself and deal with people.

  15. Goodbye for now old friend. Thanks for all the laughs we had together. You helped wrestling more than anyone I know. Love You

  16. I wrestled under Coach Kyle in high school, those were the times I remember most. He was a great man and an even better person. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the services but he will remain in my thoughts forever!!

  17. I was just telling a story about Coach Kile a few days ago. My senior year (Class of 83) he was my first period teacher for bowling and I tended to show up a couple of minutes late every morning. We would have an interesting, fun little banter back and forth entertaining the class with him always asking what was wrong with me that I couldn’t get out of bed. I always had some wisecrack back. He never punished me for being a little goof off, he was a good man who genuinely cared about kids. He will be missed, my thoughts and prayers to his family.

  18. Kile family I am sorry for your loss.I sure enjoyed knowing Coach Kile, he always made a point to come visit at least once a year and tell great stories and show funny pics, he will be missed.

  19. I had the honor to work with Mr. Kile while working as the police liaison officer at Tascosa High school. We spent many hours visiting with each other about athletics and things in general. He had a tough exterior but truly had a warm and loving heart for his students. He will be truly missed.

  20. I have many memories of “Coach” from Bivins Elem. to the Maveric Club to church. Coach will be remembered for being involved. Coach and Edna raised their family and lived in Amarillo to leave deep tracks for many to follow.

  21. Apart from my father, Coach Kyle was THE GREATEST INFLUENCE on my life. Because of my admiration of him and respect for him I chose to become a teacher. My hope was that I might be able to influence others as Coach Kile influenced thousands of young men and women. My greatest delight was taking my 2 sons to watch a wrestling match in Amarillo and introducing them to my mentor, James Kile. He truly was a MAN among men!

  22. Coach Kile is someone you cannot forget. I remember him from Kids Inc and when I was at Ths class of 74. He was tough and always fair , I remember my Dad thought highly of him for he was also involved with the Maverick Club . Also I remember Coach Kyle referring West Texas State Bb games when I was attending. They do not make them like Coach Kile anymore.
    Condolences to your family.
    Armand Smith. Peoria Arizona

  23. I played basketball all the way through high school, 4 years at WT, and 5 years professionally. Hundreds of teammates and thousands of opponents, but I only remember one referee – Coach Kile. He obviouly made a big impression on me. He was fair, funny, and seemed to enjoy his role in the game. Great guy! I hope his family peace.

  24. What a great man. He was my high school wrestling coach from 1969-1971. He was a great motivator and tough disciplinarian but always fair. He was a great advocate for amateur sports and was very instrumental in getting Amateur wresting sanctioned as a UIL sport in Texas. He was the kind of guy that you either loved or hated, I love him and he influenced my life more the ever knew. I will miss him greatly. May you rest in Gods grace….Love you Coach

  25. Coach Kile was the embodiment of what an educator and coach should aspire to. My sincere condolences and Heaven now has a new wrestling coach and football referee.

  26. such fond memories of Coach Kile – a great example for all educators and am so thankful to have been mentored by him…One of a kind for sure – bigger than life! !nstilled accountability, respect and “choose-the-high road” attitude in all things!
    Thank you Coach Kile!

  27. such fond memories of Coach Kile – a great example for all educators, thankful to have been mentored by him…One of a kind for sure – bigger than life! He truly made a posiitive difference in thousands of lives including mine. Instilled accountability, respect and choose-the-high road attitude in all things!
    Very thankful for having known him in my youth.

  28. I have never forgotten about coach Kile. I remember being in his class & him carrying around his rolled up grade book. He was always so nice to me. I enjoyed his class.

  29. Dear Kile Family, Coach Kile was not only my wrestling coach but was also a friend who taught me so much more about being a young man. He was tough yet fair and there was always kindness behind that tough exterior. He will be missed. Thank you for sharing this man with so many. All of our lives are better for knowing him!

  30. Coach Kile was my Jr High Coach. Alway fair and had the best intentions in his heart for his students.
    Later in my professional life I got to be on the sidelines of Football and Basketball games he was the referee at. Alway enjoyed the conversations with him. He made a great impression on my life as I’m sure he did on thousands of others.

  31. I had the privilege of knowing Coach Kike for 49 years. He was my Driver Ed instructor, we had a great time learning to drive ( he did give me grief for driving myself to lessons, lol). His love for kids and the Maverick was amazing. There was never a week that went by that Cosch didn’t call and ask what was going on and to give me encouragement. We all loved this man and his presence in our hearts will continue to bless us.

  32. I have know Coach Kile for probably 60 years. He taught me to swim at the Community Center. Later in life, he would ask me if I wanted him to smoke a brisket for me when we lived across the street. Always smiling, handsome guy with a quick wit and a love for life. I and my family will miss him as I know you all will.

  33. Coach Kile influenced thousands of young men throughout his long and storied career as wrestling coach at Tascosa High School. I was one of those fortunate young men. Coach taught toughness and perseverance to succeed…not just on the wrestling mat, but in all of life’s endeavors. We will all miss you, Coach.

  34. Coach Kile was a veritable institution at Tascosa HS. He helped form the lives of so many young people and was always looked up to as a Christian role model. May God bless you, Coach, and may God lovingly provide grace for those who miss you.

  35. My sincere condolences to his family…
    So glad I got to visit with Coach Kile in 2011 at our 40th class reunion. He was a great wrestling coach and mentor, we won State all three years 69-71.

  36. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Coach. He was a wonderful man always so happy. He was an amazing teacher. He will be missed.

  37. Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Coach lived next door to my daughter. We enjoyed going over to their house and visit or they may have been at Miranda’s for a burger when we gathered. We enjoyed going over at Christmas to say hi and see he and Betty Jean and wish them Merry Christmas and Happy New year. It will not be the same with them both gone. May God Bless you and your family in this time of loss. And may his legacy live on in all our hearts. Gary

  38. Coach was a Tascosa legend. He was a great coach and teacher and kept us all in line. Jimmy, i am praying for you and your family.

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