A Life Lived: Glenn Henegar enjoyed being a good dad

Published 11:54 am Tuesday, March 29, 2022

BY ROZELLA HARDIN
Editorial Director
rozella.hardin@elizabethton.com
Someone has defined a great dad as “one that makes memories, goes on great adventures, always puts his family first, makes sacrifices, is patient, and always has the time for his kids.”
That was Glenn Ray Henegar. His sons, Jason and Steve, have some great memories of their dad and the fishing trips they made each spring — in fact, all through the year. They remember his love for old cars, being a hard worker, and devoted church member.
“He enjoyed fishing and making it a family affair. In addition to fishing locally, we, each spring, would go to Alabama and sometimes to South Carolina on fishing trips for two weeks at a time. I have many memories of those fishing trips. It was good for me as I learned to appreciate family, and it kept me out of trouble,” said his son, Jason, who now lives in Mt. Juliet. Another son, Steve, lives and works locally.
“He enjoyed fishing for bass, crappie, and blue gills. Later, he fished for trout. I think what he enjoyed most was being out on the water with his family. He was the ideal dad,” said Jason.
“Whatever Steve and I were doing, he was a part of it. He coached basketball and baseball, and refereed some. Anywhere he was needed, Dad would step up and fill in,” Jason shared.
Glenn’s wife, Linda, said their sons were the “apple of their father’s eyes.”
“He had a special love for his family, not only for me and the boys, but for his nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews, His family was most important to him, and next to that it was his church,” Linda shared.
She and Glenn had been married for 51 years. They married shortly after he came home from military service.
Glenn and Linda were active members of Upper Gap Free Will Baptist Church until he became unable to attend regularly because of his health. He had served as a trustee for the church and at one time was Sunday School Superintendent.
“When we would go on fishing trips for a week or two at a time, we always came home on the weekend to attend Sunday church, and if it was local, we came home for Wednesday night church,” Linda said.
Glenn’s favorite meal was steak, but he also enjoyed fish fries. He especially enjoyed getting together with friends, who came to the lake every year to do some fishing.
In addition to fishing, Glenn was a collector of knives and hats. “He had boxes and boxes of hats.”
“He and our son, Steve, enjoyed a fascination with old cars. They sometimes would go to Bristol to the Rod Runs,” Linda shared.
Glenn was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam era. He was also a member of DAV.
He was a retired millwright. His last work with Fluor Daniels at Tennessee Eastman Corp.
Being a good father can easily go unnoticed, yet is one of the most valuable assets to family. Perhaps, being a good father was one of Glenn Ray Henegar’s greatest assets, and it didn’t go unnoticed by his wife and children.

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