Fallen Hero: CW5 (Ret) Sammie Lee Henry


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Wilson Funeral Home

904 Thomas E Jolly Dr Monticello, MS 39654
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Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, Monticello Baptist Church, 700 E Broad St, Monticello, MS with visitation 9-11 AM


Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, Monticello Baptist Church, 700 E Broad St, Monticello, MS at 11 AM.


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks today on Sep 30, 2020, and moved on to his heavenly home.  Chief Master Warrant (CW5) (Ret), Sammie Lee Henry, age 72, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the MSARNG TARS, 323d Aviation Company, 106th Forward Support Battalion and MSNG Joint Force Headquarters has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Sammie was the first to occupy the state headquarters (ARNG) Chief Master Warrant Officer position when it was first created.  Sammie was a Vietnam Veteran.  Sammie was a regular attending member of the MSNG Southwest MS Retirees Group which meets in Brookhaven.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

May God continue to look over you and your family.  “Stand At Rest Soldier”


On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Sammie Lee Henry the loving husband of 47 years and father of two children, passed away at the age of 72. Sammie was born July 31, 1948, to Harvey Acy Henry and Esther Odessa Henry of Clinton, Mississippi.

Mr. Henry graduated from Clinton High School in 1967. He then attended Delta State College, Hinds Jr College, and in 1992 received a Bachelor’s of Business degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Command Chief Warrant Officer CW5 Sammie Henry graciously dedicated his life to his Country. His combined service to the United States of America totaled thirty-three years. He initially joined the United Stated Army in 1969 which lead to two tours in Vietnam spanning from 1970-1972. Upon his return, his was awarded the Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

As a decorated Vietnam Veteran, Sammie continued his valiant effort to honor his Country and joined the Mississippi Army National Guard. During his tenure with the Guard, Sammie was awarded two National Guard Minuteman Awards. Sammie retired in 2002 as the first Command Chief Warrant Officer of the State of Mississippi. His phenomenal efforts and ambitions with the Guard were evidenced and recognized by his being awarded the Legion of Merit Medal and the Mississippi Magnolia Cross Medal. Upon retiring from military service, Mr. Henry worked as a military contractor with Engineering and Professional Services for 9 years.
Mr. Henry, was a devout Christian and is remembered for his uncompromising integrity, and his love for the Lord. He served the Lord in many capacities. He was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Monticello Baptist Church in Monticello, Mississippi. He also attended Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Additionally, Sammie was involved with a Promise Keepers group in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was devoted to his family, church, and many friends. He loved to entertain a room full of people with his many stories and jokes.

Sammie is survived by his wife, Dianne Henry and two children Jason Henry and Kay Fuller. Jason and his wife Krissy Henry are residents of Charleston, South Carolina. His daughter, Kay Fuller is married to Trent Fuller of Monticello, Mississippi. He was the proud grandfather of Logan Henry, married to Emily, Mary Kathryn Henry, Megan Reynolds, and Logan Fuller. Sammie was proceeded in death by his parents, Harvey Acy Henry and Esther Odessa Henry of Jackson Mississippi; his sister, Betty Fernandez of San Antonio Texas; his brother, Jimmie Henry of Jackson, Mississippi; and his grandson, Blaine Reynolds of Jayess, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 3, 2020 from 9 AM until 11 AM at Monticello Baptist Church in Monticello, MS with funeral services following.