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Felton Eber West Jr.1,2

Male
b. 9 May 1926, d. 23 June 2005


Mother Clara Viola Ross1 b. 28 January 1906, d. 26 December 1949
Father Felton Eber West Sr.1 b. 27 May 1902, d. 15 February 1985
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Family Jean Francis Osborn b. 23 July 1927
Marriage* 27 October 1945  Belen, Valencia Co., NM, Principal=Jean Francis Osborn3 
Children  1. Bruce E. West
  2. Dale West
  3. Wade Osborn West b. Jan 1956
  4. Barbara J. West b. Sep 1966

Birth* 9 May 1926  Houston, Harris Co., TX1 
Marriage* 27 October 1945  Belen, Valencia Co., NM, Principal=Jean Francis Osborn3 
SSN* 23 June 2005  Felton E. WEST
Birth Date: 9 May 1926
Death Date: 23 Jun 2005
Social Security Number: 464-26-1378
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Texas
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 78642
Localities: Liberty Hill, Williamson, Texas1 
Death* 23 June 2005  Liberty Hill, Williamson Co., TX1,3 
News/Obit 25 June 2005  Felton West, writer and editor for Houston Post
AUSTIN - Felton West, a longtime writer and editor for the Houston Post, died of cancer Thursday night. He was 79.

West held several positions with the Post - including city editor, Washington bureau chief, Austin bureau chief and columnist - during a career that spanned more than 50 years.

He covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963, the administration of President Lyndon Johnson and numerous Texas governors, legislative sessions and political campaigns.

His Austin reporting also included the Sharpstown stock fraud scandal, which rocked state government in 1971 after a Houston developer-banker gave top state officials insider stock deals, allegedly in exchange for favorable banking legislation.

West received numerous awards for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austin-based Headliners Foundation of Texas.

He retired in 1992 but continued to write editorials for the Post until the paper closed in 1995.

After retiring, West became active in civic affairs in Liberty Hill, a small Hill Country town northwest of Austin. He waged an unsuccessful write-in campaign for mayor in 2002, driving through town in his pickup and handing out pamphlets door-to-door. He later served on the City Council.

A native of Houston, West graduated from Milby High School and the University of Houston.

He is survived by his widow, Jean West; two sons, Bruce West, of Spring Hill, Kan., and Wade West, of Austin; a daughter, Barbara Ludden, of Round Rock; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Liberty Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 777, Liberty Hill, TX, 78642.

Appeared in the Houston Chronicle (TX), June 25, 20053 
News/Obit 25 June 2005  WEST, Felton E. Jr.

WEST, Felton E. Jr., 79, of Liberty Hill died Thursday. Services pending. Arrangements by the Gabriels, Georgetown.

Appeared in the Austin American-Statesman (TX), Date: June 25, 2005
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News/Obit* 25 June 2005  Felton West 1926-2005 Texas newsman was in JFK motorcadeNewsman worked 53 years for paper

Felton West, a longtime newsman who was a reporter in the motorcade behind President Kennedy when he was assassinated, became a Christian in retirement and served a term on the Liberty Hill City Council.

The 53-year Houston Post journalist died Thursday after a brief struggle with lung cancer. He was 79.

"He was a very dogged, tenacious person who wouldn't let go of a story when he got one," said his daughter, Barbara Ludden. "When he became born again, about 10 years ago, as a family we noticed a huge change in his heart."

He was born in Houston, the first child of a house painter and a homemaker who had two more children. He became a copyboy at the Post at age 16, and a reporter two years later.

He married the former Jean Osborn in 1945 when he attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He also served in the Navy Reserve.

He flew to Texas aboard Air Force One as the Post's Washington bureau chief to cover Kennedy's visit. After Kennedy was killed and Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president, West recalled, he lost his possessions when the plane abruptly left for Washington without him.

When he semi-retired from the Post's Austin bureau in 1992, the Legislature praised him in a resolution and roasted him.

"Felton West is the only person I know who went on a deer hunting trip and shot a Jeep," then-Sen. John Montford, D-Lubbock, said.

"A radiator!" several other senators cried out. "A radiator!"

In 1993, the Headliners Foundation of Austin gave West a Lifetime Achievement Award. He fully retired two years later when the Post ceased publication. Then he moved to Liberty Hill and became active in the Lions Club. He and his wife organized the town's Fellowship Baptist Church.

He was appointed to the City Council in 2002 after losing a colorful race for mayor in which he drove around town broadcasting music from his pickup.

West is survived by a brother and a sister, his wife, three of his four children and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, on Texas 29, in Liberty Hill.

dstanley@statesman.com; 445-3629

Appeared in the Austin American-Statesman (TX), June 25, 20053 

Citations
  1. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  2. [S458] People Finders.Com, online http://www.peoplefinders.com.
  3. [S323] News Bank.


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