Donald Delano Henry, Sr.

Born on June 25, 1933

Departed on January 17, 2021 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Donald Delano Henry, Sr – age 87, passed away January 17, 2021 in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Hazel Henry.

Survived by his children, Donald Henry, Jr., Larry Henry (Karen), Gary Henry (Lesa), Sharon McWright (Dale); sister, Edith Shutt; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.


Mr. Henry retired in 1996 from the Metro Nashville Fire Department after 36 years of service.  He was also a faithful member of Saint John’s United Methodist Church for many years.


Funeral Service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Hubert Cunningham officiating.

A private family burial will take place at a later date at Middle TN Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at West Harpeth Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice or Proverbs Animal Rescue in Nashville.

10 Comments to Donald Delano Henry, Sr.

  1. D. Hill says:

    Was always a cherished member at St. John’s UMC. Will truly be missed.

  2. Cynthia Price says:

    RIP Don Henry, I will always remember your dedication of preparing the Community meal, and when you played your harmonica for the children. I remember how much you lived music and singing your solo’s and duets and with the choir. You have been missed.

  3. Jerry and Trish Ketchum says:

    Don and Sharon,

    We were sorry to hear that your father passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jerry and Trish Ketchum

    • James Snider says:

      Rest In Peace Don. You were always ready to help a young fireman and I’ll always be grateful for the knowledge you passed down. Til we meet again.

  4. Tom Henderson 111 says:

    Sorry Don. Losing those that raised you is not easy. Hang in there friend. Tough time.

  5. Rev. Marie C. King says:

    Prayers for Don Henry’s family.
    He was such a kind and gentle soul.
    He loved to sing.
    He would get donated day-old bread to donate to ministries that provided community meals.
    Don, your love for humanity and love for Christ made a difference in the lives you touched.

  6. Peggy and Bob Motley says:

    Don, your generosity and willingness to help will be missed at St. John’s. Your baked spaghetti was one
    Of the most requested meals at our community meals on Thursday. Will miss your singing on Sunday
    mornings during worship. A kind and gentle man.

  7. Charles M. Vance says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Don at Fire Station 17 many years ago. I and the rest of the crew had the highest respect for Don. He was always great to be with him at the fire station. He could lift your spirits and cause a person to feel good about themselves. I will miss him and am sad. May the LORD JESUS comfort the family in this trying time.

  8. Ken Caldwell says:

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.He was a good neighbor and friend to both of us.We are thinking of your family during these sad days ahead.Praying for you all.Ken and Donna Caldwell.

  9. Debbe Hershey says:

    I met Don in 2009 attending The Church of Grace, an interdenominational Church on Obrien Ave, Then, was surprised to see him again at St. Johns’. He was so gregarious and welcoming, insisting I sit with him at church, accepting my help with managing his hymnal, as his hands were stiff and unwieldy. He was such a character- a sweet man who was interested in everyone. He will be remembered fondly

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