lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

11/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Harry Henkel

Harry Atwood Henkel, Jr.
(09 Sept 1911 -  08 Nov 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1927

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

 The sad news continues to arrive. 
   Harry Henkel, Class of 1927, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the age of 97. 

From the Daily Press - 11/11/08:

             Harry Atwood Henkel, Jr.

NEWPORT NEWS - Harry Atwood Henkel, Jr., age 97, of Newport News, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News.

He was born on Sept. 9, 1911, in Rice, Va., and was the son of Harry Atwood and Mary Henkel. He lived in Newport News from 1920 until the time of his death. He was a graduate of the 1927 class at Newport News High School and the 1932 class at the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and was its oldest living alumni. He attended North Carolina State University briefly.

He retired in 1976 as an engineering specialist from Newport News Shipbuilding after 45 years, having worked in Machinery Design as a ship repair estimator from 1946 to 1949. He was a past member of the Society of Naval Architects, James River Hunt Club and a founding and life member of the Lafayette Gun Club. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church and had served in many leadership capacities there.

Harry Henkel


Mr. Henkel is survived by his son, Samual Douglas Henkel and his wife, Toni of Norfolk; two nieces, Edna Earl Lauterbach and her husband, Wayne, their three daughters and families of Studley, Va., Martha Henkel Clark and her husband, Dr. Richard F. Clark of Hampton; sister-in-law, Catherine Henkel of Hurst Texas; many cousins and long time companion, Jeanne S. McClellan of Newport News.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Henkel will be conducted by the Rev. John LeGault at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Newport News. The family will receive friends at a reception in the fellowship hall of the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Foundation of First United Methodist Church of which Mr. Henkel was a founding member. First United Methodist Church Foundation 10246 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 11/11/2008.
Guest Book


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Henkel family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers logo courtesy
of - 11/11/08

National Rifle Association logo courtesy of - 11/11/08

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2008

Return to NNHS Class of 1965