Verona-Bernie Sue Sykes Henley, 93, peacefully transformed from her long earthly pilgrimage and entered the arms of Jesus on Tuesday morning, October 10, 2017 at the Laney Green House at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. Sue was a quiet, delightful soul who was born in the Muldon Community of Monroe County on March 27, 1924 to the late Charles H. Sykes and Jennie Mae Bullock Sykes. She graduated from Aberdeen High School and attended Ole Miss where she got her certification as a dietician. Sue married James Boswell “Red” Henley in l940. They made their home in Verona for many years where she was a longtime beloved lunch room lady in the Verona Schools. She retired as a dietician at the Region III/McDougal Center after 28 years service. The lives she touched were numerous. She loved every child at McDougal and cooked specifically for each one. Dignitaries would make special trips to the Center just ot eat Sue’s cooking. Her husband, Red, died in 2006 and she moved to Traceway Manor where she lived the last 10 years of her life. She was a longtime loyal member of the Verona United Methodist Church for over 6o years where she was active as Church Treasurer, Sunday school teacher and President of the United Methodist Women. Sue loved people and had a servant’s heart always doing for others unconditionally. She tolerated Red for 68 years, enjoyed cooking and sharing her beautiful smile and inviting personality with everyone. Sue was a true Proverbs 31 wife and a great inspiration to many.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Buddy Smith and Rev. Dr. Jim McKlerkan officiating. Private burial will be in the Henley family plot at Verona City Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Thursday only at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their friends.
Sue had a deep love for her family and those that survive include her daughters: Cherry Dillard of Mantachie, Sue Miller (Howard) of Cordova, Tenn. and Stephanie Kingsley (Danny) of Tupelo and her son, Mickey Henley of Cordova, Tenn. 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren, all in which she knew each ones birthday and always sent a card. Her sister, Celia McHaffey of Ocean Springs, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Red, who died Sept. 26, 2006, her daughter, Sandra Brett and a son, Charles Wayne “Tootie” Henley. Her sisters, Dale Adams and Hazel McIlwain, a brother, Stanley Sykes, a grandson and great grandson.
Pallbearers will be her grandson’s. The family extends special thanks to the staff and caretakers of the Laney House. “Go Rest High On That Mountain”, Mother, your work here is done!
Condolences may be e mailed to email@example.com Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 232 Danny Thomas Blvd, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or to the Verona United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 370, Verona, MS. 38879.
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Our lives were so much richer because Sue Henley was in them. I will never forget her beautiful smile and her special relationship, not only sister but best-friend, with my grandmother. I smile when I think of the glorious reunion taking place in Heaven right now. Sue loved her family more than anything.
My heart will be with all of you tomorrow. I love you all and will see you soon.
Submitted by Michael Black on Oct 11 2017 09:28:47 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Sue. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family
Submitted by Madalene Mcilwain on Oct 10 2017 08:10:08 PM
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