Friends remember Gainesville flooding victim

Brandon Henegar
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GAINESVILLE, Texas -- Friends and family are shocked after a Cooke County man was killed in a flash flood.

Loved ones say those who were lucky enough to know Brandon Henegar knew his smile was contagious.

The 36-year-old was a husband and father of two young children.

"This is a tight-knit town," friend Eric Johns said. "It has really been a nightmare for his family and a lot of friends in this community."

It was Henegar's body that was found Friday morning in a car off Spring Creek Road in Gainesville.

Friends said he was on his way to work for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway late Thursday night when heavy rain swept his car off the road.

Many people in the Gainesville community are grieving his death.

"It has been very difficult," Johns said.

Henegar was a former baseball coach at Gainesville High School and his wife Karla still teaches there.

"We all love Brandon and I can speak for this town when I saw we are all so grief stricken," Johns said.

Johns said Henegar loved playing ball with his young son.

While friends and family are making funeral arrangements, they are reflecting over old photos and holding onto memories of the man who lived his dreams.

"As passionate as Brandon was about being a coach, he was more passionate about his family," Johns said.

Henegar's funeral is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

A memorial fund has been set up for the family at First State Bank in Gainesville.