Audrey Horton Shockley



Audrey Horton was born March 15, 1910 (the Ides of March) to Thomas Arthur Horton and Effie Earl Gilleland Horton in Uvalde, TX. The Gillelands are descendents of Daniel Gilleland who was one of Steven F. Austin's original 300.

Audrey attended the Farris Community School, near the family farm, north of Uvalde. She rode a horse named Jim for several years. Jim would run like the wind, stop and let her open the gates, then turn through the gate so she did not need to dismount in order to close and lock it.

Later she attended Uvalde High School where she graduated second in her class. She said she could never beat Ike, who was first in the class and was killed in WWII. Besides classes she was on the tennis team. Her class was graduated in 1927.

She attended Texas Woman's University for two years. Needing money, she taught for a year at the Farris School. To keep up with her class at TWU, Audrey took summer classes and correspondence courses. She returned to TWU and graduated with the class of 1931.

From 1931 to 1942 she taught at Montel, Marathon, and Del Rio. In Marathon she met and married William Carl Shockley. While in Del Rio her first child, William Junior, was born. In 1942 the war was on and Carl and the family moved to Uvalde where he taught ground school at the Army's Garner Air Field. In 1943 the second son, Thomas Horton, was born.

With the war ending in 1945 Carl found one of the hard-to-get jobs in Bishop with the Celanese Chemical Co. Both Carl and Audrey got teaching jobs in 1946 with the Bishop School District. They remained in Bishop until the peak of the Korean Conflict. Carl and several of his old buddies from Garner Field began teaching ground school at the Hondo AFB. The Shockleys moved to Uvalde where Audrey began teaching. Carl joined here in Uvalde ISD after the Conflict was "resolved".

Audrey and Carl continued teaching in Uvalde until their retirements. They moved to Reagan Wells about 1974. Carl died in May 1994.