Living Legacy Honoree: Mr. Henry Veasley

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Mr. Henry Veasley is a child of God, a product of the late Mr. Jim Veasley and Centurion Ms. Ida (‘Big Ma’ to the family). To grow up as the youngest of seven boys and three girls affords one the privilege of doing a few lighter chores such as giving milk to the calves and milking the heifers. Of course, it also means that you got the least favorite pieces of the chicken; although I believe the feet are considered delicacies in some cultural settings today. And please understand that, as young boys, he and his brother next to him began to practice the barbecuing skills that their father taught them early on. Surely, it is common practice to occasionally acquire a chicken from one’s yard and cook the whole thing on an improvised pit in the woods.

Burney Street and Pearl Street Schools hold a special place in his heart, especially their state championship high school basketball team’s Coach Hooks and Ag teacher John T. O’Neil. It is with pride that he served our country in the U.S. Army for a few years prior to returning home to his wife Katherine (now of sixty-one years) and their first born son, Glenn. Henry is the first licensed electrician in the county, a title garnered while working two jobs and supporting his family of now five; the additions being Parris and Erica, respectively. God opens doors and he was able to get a civil service job at the Post Office while his electrical business began to flourish.

Not only did his electrical business of more than 30 years service him well; but it allowed him to volunteer his services to others in our community:

• Wired the first Habitat for Humanity house in the County,

• As one of the founding board members of the MCAAM; he did all of the electrical labor at no cost

• Designed and wired Madison Sun Lodge #209 where he serves now as a 32° past master mason for over 50 years and a past district treasurer of over 25 years

• As a deacon of 60 plus years (treasurer for ~30) he rewired Calvary Baptist Church from bottom to top and the Walk of Faith for which God gave him the vision

• Trained Dea. Eddie Wyatt, Sr. and Rev. Brince Benford

• He was the best band dad ever because he had his brand new electrical van outfitted to slide in racks to carry our equipment to away games and on a Washington, DC trip.

Lastly, in the early 80’s, the combination of his work ethics in his electrical business; his post office career of 32 years; and God’s grace allows him to realize a dream of owning a farm. He purchased what was formerly known as Jerry Head’s farm that dead ends on Head Road and is now called “The Blessed Fig Tree Farm”. Henry is still very fond of his ,not so distant, memories of raising black angus cattle and he has now passed on a handful or two to his youngest and only daughter Erica. He still likes overseeing any activity on the farm, helping to do a little barbecuing (something he was most fond of with his brother Frank “Hubbard”), talking to Pastor Hoke Smith, visiting mid day Bible study when he can, listening to Pastor Joel Olsteen, and listening to the antics of his grandchildren Christina and Tiffany ( she and her husband Kris having added the latest member of the family, his great grand named Mila J.

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r. Henry Veasley is a child of God, a product of the late Mr. Jim Veasley and Centurion Ms. Ida (‘Big Ma’ to the family). To grow up as the youngest of seven boys and three girls affords one the privilege of doing a few lighter chores such as giving milk to the calves and milking the heifers. Of course, it also means that you got the least favorite pieces of the chicken; although I believe the feet are considered delicacies in some cultural settings today. And please understand that, as young boys, he and his brother next to him began to practice the barbecuing skills that their father taught them early on. Surely, it is common practice to occasionally acquire a chicken from one’s yard and cook the whole thing on an improvised pit in the woods.

Burney Street and Pearl Street Schools hold a special place in his heart, especially their state championship high school basketball team’s Coach Hooks and Ag teacher John T. O’Neil. It is with pride that he served our country in the U.S. Army for a few years prior to returning home to his wife Katherine (now of sixty-one years) and their first born son, Glenn. Henry is the first licensed electrician in the county, a title garnered while working two jobs and supporting his family of now five; the additions being Parris and Erica, respectively. God opens doors and he was able to get a civil service job at the Post Office while his electrical business began to flourish.

Not only did his electrical business of more than 30 years service him well; but it allowed him to volunteer his services to others in our community:

• Wired the first Habitat for Humanity house in the County,

• As one of the founding board members of the MCAAM; he did all of the electrical labor at no cost

• Designed and wired Madison Sun Lodge #209 where he serves now as a 32° past master mason for over 50 years and a past district treasurer of over 25 years

• As a deacon of 60 plus years (treasurer for ~30) he rewired Calvary Baptist Church from bottom to top and the Walk of Faith for which God gave him the vision

• Trained Dea. Eddie Wyatt, Sr. and Rev. Brince Benford

• He was the best band dad ever because he had his brand new electrical van outfitted to slide in racks to carry our equipment to away games and on a Washington, DC trip.

Lastly, in the early 80’s, the combination of his work ethics in his electrical business; his post office career of 32 years; and God’s grace allows him to realize a dream of owning a farm. He purchased what was formerly known as Jerry Head’s farm that dead ends on Head Road and is now called “The Blessed Fig Tree Farm”. Henry is still very fond of his ,not so distant, memories of raising black angus cattle and he has now passed on a handful or two to his youngest and only daughter Erica. He still likes overseeing any activity on the farm, helping to do a little barbecuing (something he was most fond of with his brother Frank “Hubbard”), talking to Pastor Hoke Smith, visiting mid day Bible study when he can, listening to Pastor Joel Olsteen, and listening to the antics of his grandchildren Christina and Tiffany ( she and her husband Kris having added the latest member of the family, his great grand named Mila J.

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