In Memory

Coach James (Henry) M (Kile)

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 Ferguson and husband Keith of Roundrock, 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 Ferguson and Abby Ferguson.

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



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02/01/16 02:11 PM #3    

Charles Pierce

I used to have Coach Camfield for aide 5th period so i would go to the gym and practice shooting before basketball practice during Coach Kiles P.E. class. One day he told me to take a hike during 5th period and quit interrupting his volleyball classes. Next day I was back out there and Coach Kile came out of his office and threw an Amarillo phone book at me like a frisbee. I got the message and always respected and listened to him after that. Years later he was my oldest son's soccer coach. RIP Coach...

Charlie Pierce

02/01/16 03:46 PM #4    

Linda Lampe (Ingram)

Linda Lampe Ingram

Coach Kile was one of my favorites as well as my sister's, Sally Lampe Jennings.  He was the life guard at the Amarillo Country Club pool and we had many fun memories of him and Jim.  

02/01/16 04:03 PM #5    

Jim Rayburn

I don't remember why but Kenneth Farren was coming to kick my ass in between classes.  Just as the ass-kicking was about to commence Coach Kile swooped in from nowhere, grabbed me and Kenneth up by the neck, and hauled us away.  I remember thinking, "oh bless you coach Kile".  If that happened now, the police would be called, courts convened, parents fined, and your ass grassed.  Bless you Coach Kile!!

02/01/16 10:16 PM #6    

William Haas (Haas)

R.I.P coach Kile,you'll be truly missed,I was at Tascosa for my senior year,you taught me so very much in a short time that I was there,I hope to see you again,but not so soon,I have a lot yet to finish here on earth,enjoy your new journey with the Lord.(the colorado kid).

02/02/16 09:37 AM #7    

Donald (Woody) Bruner

Coach Kile's office was in the Boy's locker room.  He had a door and a window that opened out into the locker room.  That's really gross now that I remember it.  I also remember a sign he had taped to the inside of his window.  It was a large picture of a human skull, with the caption, "DIDN'T SHOWER".  That would probably get you fired today too.  I always had the sense that he really liked us, even though he was pretty hard on us.  He had a great sense of humor.  We were fortunant to have him.

02/02/16 12:13 PM #8    

Scotty Jones Cherryholmes

Coach Kile always called me Smiley and he endlessly picked on me. I was never very coordinated and terrible at sports. So he had good reason to stay on me to do better. I played the clown and remember making him laugh many times. He helped a lot of students especially his wrestling team. (James M. “Henry” Kile – January 30, 2016)

02/03/16 10:11 AM #9    

Jana Farwell (Wolfshohl)

Linda, I also remember Coach Kile from summers at the ACC pool.  So many fun memories.  God bless you Coach Kile.

02/04/16 08:50 AM #10    

Danny Wilson

Paul Wilson & I were student aides for Coach Kile our senior year.  We ate ALL of his Choclate chip cookies one day and he told us to make him homemade cookies to replace the ones we ate.  We made the cookies with the chocolate ex lax bars instead of chocolate chips :).  The ex lax cookies took effect on him while he was on a plane to Houston to referee a college basketball game.  The following Monday he called Paul and I out to the center of the gym after wrestling practice.  He told the team how kind we were to make him home made cookies and he wanted to repay the favor.  He had a very LARGE pan of chocolate chip cookies and told us to eat up.  We protested saying we were trying to cut weight for an upcoming match. Once again, he told us to eat and promised us we would loose some weight.  Turns out they were regular chocolate chip cookies but we did not know that until we had consume several bottles of Kopectate...... good times

02/05/16 05:26 AM #11    

Tom Baker

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!

02/05/16 10:11 AM #12    

Steven Baker

I second Tom's comments. Coach Kile was a tremendous influence on my life. He taught us the value of discipline and hard work on the wrestling team and made it fun at the same time. I remember the ironed and creased uniforms, the machete haircuts and war-ball games. Baked potatoes dipped in honey after weigh-in. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. RIP coach Kile.

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