Hix Wilbanks Remains Critical From 
Auto Accident Injuries

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The Hansford Plainsman 
December. 3, 1959



Hix Wilbanks, 74, former sheriff and pioneer of Hansford County is still in critical condition in Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

The rancher and farmer was injured about noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, in a three-car accident, that killed his wife, and two other people and fatally injured a six-year old boy.

Killed in the, accident were Mrs. Trixy E. Wilbanks, 74, Mrs. Thomas B. Fox, 40, of Borger and her father, William Clark, 71, of Borger. Mrs. Fox's son, Jimmy Wayne, 6, died later from injuries.

The third car in the accident was driven by Robert Andrew Norman of Borger and Howard Jack of Pampa.

Norman said he was driving south in front of the Wilbanks car when he saw a car approaching from the south in the west traffic lane.

He swerved abruptly to the left to avoid the oncoming station wagon. It sideswiped Norman's car and bounced into the path of the Wilbanks car and the two cars collided headon.

Wilbanks served as sheriff of Hansford County for 19 years. He was first elected in 1919 and served until 1922, then was returned to office in 1928 to 1946.

He was noted as the sheriff that didn't wear a gun and he didn't make an arrest his first three years in office, he just sent word to the accused persons to come in to see him. They usually came.

He came to Hansford County in 1902 when his parents moved here from Johnson County.

He married Trixey Evans Winn Oct. 11, 1908. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last year.


Rites Held Saturday For Mrs. Wilbanks

Funeral services for Mrs. Trixy Evans Wilbanks were held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday in the First Christian Church of Spearman with the Rev. Don Cox, minister of the church, officiating.

Burial was in the Hansford Cemetery under the direction of Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Trixy Evans Winn was born Feb. 26,1885 near Columbia, Mo., the oldest daughter of Young Ewing and Georgie Alice Winn.

She became a, member of the Christian Church while a young girl.

After completing Warrensburg Normal in Missouri, she came to the Texas Panhandle in 1907 and taught in the Micou and Happyjack communities.

She married Howell L. (Hix) Wilbanks Oct. 11, 1908, in a dugout parsonage located near Hansford on land presently owned by the family. The couple moved to Spearman in 1920.

Mrs. Wilbanks was a charter member of the Spearman Christian Church that was organized ''in 1926 and served in many positions of service and leadership in the church.

Pallbearers were Roy Wilmeth, J. E. Gunn, Freeman Barkley, W. 0. Groves, Guy Fuller, Bruce Sheets, Jake Vernon and Floyd Mitts. Honorary Pa1lbearers were Vester Hill, Carl Archer, Bill Russell, Lee McClelan, Rex Sanders, Clay Gibner, Jess Womble, Garrett Allen and Dr. R. L. Kleeberger.

Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Mrs. Mary Hazelwood of Fort Worth, Mrs. Ruth Bryan and Mrs. Beth Phelps of Spearman, and Mrs. Julia Billingsley of Lubbock; a foster son, Marcus Larson of Spearman; three sisters, Mrs. Annaliza Wyant of Tulsa, Mrs. Estelle Lehman of Booker, and Mrs. Ruby Snuffer of Foster, Mo., a brother, Hugh Winn of Hollywood, Calif., and 14 grandchildren.