Ralph Tearle Henry

Third Class




Midlothian, Arkansas

Ralph Tearle Henry was born on September 24, 1924 at his family farm in Troy, Arkansas. He was the first born child of Vera Meador Henry and Oscar Henry. Four brothers and 1 sister followed.

Ralph enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. He served on the U.S.S. Tangier as a frogman in the Underwater Demolition Team (known today as the Navy Seals) from October 1942-October 1945.

When Ralph returned home, he learned the printing business at Hurley Printing Press in Camden, Arkansas. He met Wilma Jean Harrell and they married on October 21, 1949. Soon after, Ralph felt the call to reenlist and was placed aboard the U.S.S. Skagit. In all he served his country for 7 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Ralph always treasured and took pride in his military service. Upon his discharge, Ralph worked in the printing and bindery business and grew his family. Jean and Ralph had four children; Linda, Ralph Jr. (Terry), Kay and Jill.

Ralph established his own business, Henry’s Furniture and Appliance Company, until the death of his wife in April 1999. Never to be idle long, Ralph began building deer feeders. He was proud of Henry’s Game Feeders.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Midlothian to be cared for by his family. Ralph Tearle Henry is survived by 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and his brother, William Rodney Henry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jean. Ralph and Jean loved and supported their children and grandchildren unconditionally.

He was known to help anyone in need and he always retained his sense of humor, especially in his last days. Ralph was a strong man who did not think he deserved forgiveness from God. However, in the last 6 weeks of his life, he acknowledged this truth and allowed Christ to forgive him and accepted the full peace of God’s grace.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the people who cared for Ralph; his nurse Bridget, who loved him like her own, the staff at Pleasant Manor, who helped navigate this last journey, the Midlothian Healthcare Center, they will forever be praised for their loving care and support during his last 6 weeks and praise and glory to God who sent us Family First Hospice whose angels walked him home.Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.