Mr. Junior Henley
November 19, 1968 - April 14, 2012
Mr. Junior Henley
Junior Henley (Millard Harold Henley, Jr.) 43, was struck by a truck while riding his scooter on March 30, 2012 and died as a result of his injuries on April 14, 2012. Junior was born November 19, 1968 in Sullivan, MO to Allena May (Wilkerson) Grissom and the late Millard (Harold) Henley.
He loved his mother, sisters and nieces and nephews dearly. He was excited to be a great uncle and very proud that his great nephew Conner favored him.
Junior spent the last eight years of his life in Mountain View, Arkansas, where he was blessed with many friends. Attending auctions and going to yard sales were some of his favorite activities - he loved a good bargain. Never one to believe he couldn’t do something, when others thought his learning disability would stop him Junior was usually able to prove them wrong. He was very proud to be able to live on his own and he did a wonderful job of it. Junior collected Coca-Cola memorabilia, Texaco airplanes. At different times he collected Hot Wheels, trains, horses, clocks and knives. Even though an avid collector and “junker”, Junior kept a neat and tidy home where he proudly displayed his prized collections. Music was always a great pleasure to Junior especially country music; he loved to sing. Watermelon Crawl was his favorite Karaoke song and he sang it at the top of his lungs.
Junior loved to talk to his mom and often called her six or seven times a day, Sometimes with big news and others just because he wanted to hear her voice. He also loved Pizza and Coca-Cola. The staff at Pizza Inn would always prepare him a bar-b-que pizza when he ate the buffet even though it wasn’t a buffet item. Junior loved to talk and would talk to just about anyone who would listen. He found a listening ear at the Circle-K and in Doctor Irving who was Junior’s physician; Dr. Irving took special care of him, always lending an ear when Junior wanted to talk. Junior’s waiver workers Roger and Jackson were very special to him. Roger served as a surrogate father and Jackson a dear friend. Junior’s friend Frank believed he could pass the drivers exam and helped him study-Junior passed it on his first try. He was blessed with caring friends and a loving family.
Though the sweetest man on earth, Junior was a force to be reckoned with when someone mistreated him or tried to take advantage of him. If he wasn’t sure how to handle the situation he’d call his mom or his sisters, Ruby, Lonnie or Terri for back-up and they would help him resolve the situation.
Junior is survived by his mother, Allena Grissom; two Sisters, Lonnie Stripling and husband Randy Stripling and Terri Christie and husband Steve Christie; two nephews Albert (Houston) Graham, Wesley (Dustin) Watts; four nieces, Meloney Watts, Stephanie Ratchford, Tabitha Ratchford, Randi Lynn Stripling, and a great-nephew, Conner Graham. four half-siblings, Ronnie Henley, Cathy Avey, Marilyn Henley and Annie Sutterfield and their children.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Louise Henley-Watts; father, Millard Harold Henley Sr.; step-father, Gerald Grissom; Nephew, Randall Franklin Stripling; grandmothers, Allena Marvella Wilkerson and Willie Octavine Henley; and grandfather, Woodrow Wilkerson.
Pallbearers: Randy Stripling, Houston Graham, Steve Christie, Lynn Henley, Don Legate, and Jackson Barber.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 18, 2012 and Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel Clinton, Arkansas with Pastor Roger Beck officiating. Burial will follow at Quattlebaum Cemetery Bee Branch, Arkansas.
Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book: www. rollerfuneralhomes.com