Robert Michael (Mike) Hennington 51, was born on November 11, 1966, in Meridian, MS to parents Robert Braxton (Bob) and Carolyn Marie Sinclair Hennington. He went to be with his Lord on December 12, 2017.
Michael was awarded Eagle Scout at the age of 13, receiving his Court of Honor at the Boy Scouts of America Choctaw Area Council and awarded Order of the Arrow. Michael attended Quitman High School where he lettered in football, baseball, and golf. In 1983 he was voted most valuable offensive player on the baseball team. He was awarded all-conference honors and the offensive leadership award in the 1982-83 football season and led the Panthers to a Sam Dale Championship and a win in the Oil Bowl. Michael graduated from Quitman High School in 1984 with honors and received the Hugh O'Brian leadership award. Michael served as a page for Republican James Price in the House of Representatives. Michael attended Jones County Junior College in 1984-85 where he lettered in football and played in the Ranger Bowl in Ranger TX. Michael was voted class favorite, president of the Young Republicans Club and President of the student body. After his accident in 1985, Michael graduated with honors from Meridian Junior College in 1987 and while attending was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a National Honor Society of Community and Junior Colleges and was a member of the Scholastic Bowl Team. In 1989 Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a double major in History and Psychology. Michael received a secondary education and special education teachers license and taught Special Education Reading and English at Quitman Junior High from 1991-2000. Michael wrote articles in many newspapers across the country sharing his political views.
Michael is survived by his parents, Robert and Carolyn Hennington; brother Stephen Hennington and wife, Karen; sister Michelle Hennington Glebe and husband, Dennis; nephew, Blake Hennington, Braxton Glebe, Hayden Glebe and Dustin Welborn; nieces Caitlyn Hennington, Blair Hennington Watkins and husband, Andrew; great-nephews, Zephyr Watkins and Cannon Hennington and great-niece, Waverly Watkins; and his friend and caregiver, Caroline Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Evan Hennington, Woodrow Miller and Virginia Hennington Miller, and maternal grandparents, Dave and Rebecca Sinclair.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 11:00 am at Wright's Funeral Home in Quitman, MS. Services will be held at 2:00 pm in Harmony Cemetery.
Serving as Pall Bearers are Rodney Cooley, Dennis Glebe Jr., Braxton Glebe, Scott Evans, Stephen Hennington and Blake Hennington. Rev. Matthew Johnson, Rev. Kevin Carter, and Rev. Ronnie Cooper with be presiding over the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be sent to Michael's favorite charities, St. Jude's Children Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children.
Michael was a devout Christian and his life's Journey was an inspiration to everyone that knew him. He had unyielding faith and determination no matter what obstacles that he faced. He will be remembered as a talented athlete, singer, and poet. He was a humanitarian who loved unconditionally and was always a voice of reason. He was always upbeat and never without a smile on his face. He loved his family and friends dearly. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Ole Miss Rebels. Michael will be greatly missed by friends and family, but we rejoice knowing that he is, once again, walking and singing in Heaven.
Written By Michael Hennington
July 31, 2015
We can only hope that whatever we face in life, we do so learning the entire way so as to not waste a moment that may help us in the future. I think that's all part of God's plan. To learn to be better people and in doing so, we remember that there were flowers and beauty and even blessings on that "Less Traveled Road". Those help us appreciate what we have been through and allow us to share our journey so that it will be a light for others who no doubt are watching. Because we all are making a difference for someone. Like it or not, people are always watching us and I truly believe that it's not so important what we face in life but rather, how we face it. If we learn to do so with a smile, laughter and with fortitude, that's the lesson and testimony that I believe God wanted us to learn! For that is the legacy that we are leaving and that is the example we are setting for others to remember us by so that they can walk their paths just a little easier!
Published on December 13, 2017