On February 8, 2013 heaven welcomed a very feisty little lady. Argeree Clinton was born on October 26, 1914 in Purley, Texas to Willie and Carl Clinton.
As a young girl Argeree carried her box of hair rollers to the homes of her clients. She and a friend opened their their first beauty shop in Mt. Vernon and it was then that she met Julian Cargile, the young man working behind the soda fountain counter. They were married on July 1, 1934. After a few years in Mt. Vernon they moved to California where Julian worked in an airplane plant. Argeree loved California and dances at the Pavilion but Julian wanted to move home so they moved to Mt. Pleasant and Argeree opened her beauty shop there. Coming of age during the Depression, she learned to work long hours to give her family what she did not have as well as to save for a future that she always assumed would see her reach 100. She was very active in the First Baptist Church teaching Sunday school and singing a solo, duet or trio almost weekly. In 1971 Argeree moved to Houston and got a job as an assistant apartment manager. She and a friend joined a dance club and every weekend was spent dancing. One of her dance partners was Danforth Sherman and in 1981 they were married. It was not uncommon for Argeree and Dan to stay up well past their children and grandchildren on the weekend dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Besides dancing, Argeree and Dan enjoyed a life full of travel and bridge games with friends. For 25 years she was a proud volunteer at Memorial Southwest Hospital and recruited Dan to volunteer there as well. Until her mid eighties she would drive to the YMCA to exercise 3 times a week. She was a loyal member of Second Baptist of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Willie Clinton, husbands Julian Cargile and Dan Sherman, her sister Vera Edwards and brother A. J. Clinton, all of Mt. Vernon, Texas. She leaves her children, Jim Cargile and wife Sue of Plano and Patricia Dodson and husband Marion of Houston, grandchildren David Cargile and wife Terri of Frisco, and Christopher and Julie Dodson of Houston. She will also be missed by great grandchildren, Maddie and Mason Cargile, step children Terry Sherman and wife Kathleen, Karen Dorris and husband Sparks and their children, and surviving friends at The Terrace at Memorial City and The Hampton at Tanglewood in Houston as well as those in Mt. Vernon and Mt. Pleasant. Argeree was laid to rest at the Mount Vernon cemetery on Monday February 11, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Troop Support via Second Baptist Church Houston (http://www.second.org/Woodway.aspx) and SamaritansPurse.org.
The family would like to thank The Hampton at Tanglewood for their compassionate care.