Howard Hamilton HENLEY
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Howard Hamilton HENLEY
  • July 30, 1925 - December 12, 2017
  • Manakin Sabot, Virginia

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Howard Hamilton Henley, 92, of Manakin-Sabot, VA, passed away on December 12, 2017. He was born on July 30, 1925. He is survived by his wife, Eva Briesmaster Henley; two sisters, Edith Durrett and Hilda Bailey; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Henley graduated from Goochland High School in 1943. He volunteered for the Marine Corps that year and served proudly until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was part of the first wave in the battle of Okinawa. Upon his return from World War II, he worked for McIntyre Implement Co., Briesmaster Motor Company, and retired from Luck Stone in 1988.

One of the original men who formed the Goochland County Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Henley served as Chief for five years. He was a life member of the VA Fire Chiefs Association, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the Goochland Board of Supervisors for four years.

Mr. Henley was a creative woodwork designer. He was blessed with leadership qualities and a wonderful sense of humor, but his greatest gifts were the high standards he set for all facets of his life and the ability to touch others' lives with quiet compassion. Those who knew him, family and friends, consider themselves richer for having been recipients of his love, his wisdom, his example and his many extraordinary kindnesses and talents.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goochland Fire and Rescue, Company #1.