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Cleburne Man Takes Historic Eyewitness Account With Him In Death

Bobby Hargis (courtesy: YouTube account 'JFK Assassination Forum')

Bobby Hargis (courtesy: YouTube account ‘JFK Assassination Forum’)

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CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) - Bobby Hargis was there the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In fact, he was only a few feet away, since he was one of the Dallas police motorcycle cops assigned to Kennedy’s motorcade that fateful November day.

Mr. Hargis, an 81-year-old Cleburne resident, died on Friday.

He leaves behind a legacy of serving in the United States Army, as well as being a dedicated law enforcement officer of 44 years.

Services for Mr. Hargis will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel with Reverend O.L. Rogers officiating.

Mr. Hargis will then be buried in the Rio Vista Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at the funeral home.

According to his obituary, Mr. Hargis was born on September 12, 1932 in Rio Vista to parents Spencer Mitchell and Edna Higginbom Hargis.

However, he was raised by his grandparents, Zach and Nettie Higginbottom.

At the age of 18, Mr. Hargis married Lena Ruth Yockel on July 15, 1951 in Cleburne.

Mr. Hargis served for an unknown time in the U.S. Army, then became a Dallas police officer.

During his time as a DPD officer, in 1963, Mr. Hargis was assigned to accompan Kennedy by motorcycle.

Mr. Hargis was so close to Kennedy on the day he was assassinatied, riding behind and to the left of the president, that he was reportedly hit by brain matter.

The 32dn degree Mason was an avid sports fan, and loved the Dallas Cowboys. He associated with the Baptist faith.

According to the obituary, Mr. Hargis enjoyed fishing, and was a member of the East Dallas Lodge.

Mr. Hargis leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Mrs. Hargis, and four children who provided him with many grandchildren.

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