Thomas HenleyAugust 4, 2017
Thomas Henley, 86, of Richlands, died Friday, August 4, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral service will be held 11am, Tuesday August 8, 2017 at Blooming Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. A.M. Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veteran Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Thomas William Henley, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 4 2017, following a long illness while being cared for by his loving wife, Myrtle; daughter, Cynthia and son-in-law Wilt Toudle.
Mr. Henley was born on November 29, 1930 in Brunswick, Georgia and was one of eight children. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest and Obie Henley; siblings: Bessie Morman, Louise Johnson, Jessie Henley, Robert Henley and Edward Henley.
Mr. Henley was very active and involved in the community. He was a retired serviceman of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. Mr. Henley was initially stationed briefly in California before coming to Jacksonville, NC where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune. After completing his tour he continued to serve as a civil service employee where he was appointed as the first African American to hold the position as Manager of Inventory and Supplies. Mr. Henley retired after 45 years of service.
Mr. Henley was an active Mason of The Omega Lodge #292, Richlands, NC where he was awarded the 1996-1997 Past Master Mason of the Year. He was also a member of the Alexander Consistory #228, Kinston, NC. Mr. Henley was a member of Blooming Hill Freewill Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee and member of the G.A. Fountain Choir. He was always willing and available to go above and beyond with showing off his gifts and talents for special projects in the church. Other awards and acknowledgements included The Naval Occupational Service Medal; The National Defense Service Medal; and the Golden Link Certificate of Honor from Blooming Hill Freewill Baptist Church.
Mr. Henley is survived by his wife, Myrtle; daughters, Cynthia Toudle (Wilt); Linda Richardson (Richard); adopted daughter, Eyvette Pauling (Reginald); one brother, Melvin Henley (Sarah); one sister, Vivian “Leslie” Jackson (Cleve); grandchildren, Monica Robinson, Liza Richardson, Vivian Richardson, Ronnie Richardson, Reginald (Marcus) Pauling, and Ryan (RJ) Pauling; special aunt, Josephine C. Page; and dedicated family friend, Jerry Saunders. Mr. Henley is also survived by many nieces and nephews who reside in Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Chicago along with a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends.