Henry Clyde Schenk
Published in The Virginian
Pilot on 2/9/2009
SUFFOLK - Henry Clyde
Schenk passed away Feb. 7, 2009, from complications due to Parkinson's
disease. He was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Salisbury, N.C., into a family
of nine boys.
Henry loved sports. He played professional baseball for the Franklin Kildee
team as a shortstop from 1949 to 1951. His baseball career was interrupted
by his service in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. He served on the USS
Shannon, spending most of his time in Portugal and Cuba, enjoying the
sun and libations.
His love of sports continued throughout his life as he coached various
teams from T-Ball to American Legion baseball. He passed along his love
of sports to his sons, Ronnie and Jody, and rarely missed one of their
games, come rain or shine.
Henry worked as an electrician at Union Camp Corporation (now International
Paper) in Franklin for 36 years. He retired in 1994.
Henry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; his son, Ronnie and
wife Donna of Suffolk; his daughter, Karen and husband Robert of Cary,
N.C.; five grandchildren, Brian and wife Dawn, Arran, Matthew and wife
Becky, Beth and Katie; as well as one great grandchild, Emma. He leaves
behind five brothers.
With his passing his family has lost a wonderful husband, father and brother.
The world has lost a gentle soul.
A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bethlehem Christian Church
with the Rev. John Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Lawn
Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends for visitation
at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk, today
from 7 to 8 p.m. Online condolences can be made at www.parrfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Parkinson Foundation would
be much appreciated by Henry.