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515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

OBITUARY

Jody Hartig Henley

October 20, 1957September 9, 2020

Jody Hartig Henley, 62, of Green Valley Road, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

She was born Jody Dale Hartig in Burlington, NC to the late Donald C. Hartig and Jane Johnson Hartig on October 20, 1957. Greensboro later became home for the rest of her life. She was a graduate of Page High School and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music.

She was an accomplished vocalist and performer and gifted educator, teaching music for 34 years in the Guilford County School System. Her choirs at Northwest High School were especially accomplished, including highest ratings at State Competition and an opportunity to sing for President George H.W. Bush at the White House. Among many accolades and recognitions, she was proud to have earned her National Board Certification.

Late in her career, she became the music minister at Stokesdale Christian Church and later, First Christian Church of Greensboro, using her spiritual gifts to their fullest.

In 2015, she retired to pursue a second career as a nurse. Unfortunately, this pursuit was cut short due to a stroke in 2017. Embodying the peace of the Holy Spirit, Jody never complained about her disability and worked hard in her rehabilitation.

Jody had many hobbies; most notably, she was a lifetime antique collector. She and her husband spent many weekends traveling to estate sales across North Carolina. She had impeccable taste and was proud to find perfect pieces for herself and others.

Her greatest accomplishment and passion in life was her family. In 1984, she married her husband, Daniel G. Henley, whom she had first spotted at the Elk’s Club pool at age 12. Years later, she limped into his training room at UNCG for treatment, and they were inseparable for the rest of her life. They were blessed with two children, Megan Dale and Weston Daniel. She was a devoted and doting mother and unbelievable cook. Her children’s elaborate birthday parties and her encyclopedic memory of family history and lore will be forever cherished. She will be most missed as the consummate hostess of family meals, during which she shared many stories and laughs and encouraged endless helpings.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Henley, daughter Dr. Megan Henley Hicks and husband, Jason, son Weston Henley and wife, Katie, all of Greensboro, and her sister, Laura Hartig, of Charlotte as well as a large extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, the late Dr. Donald C. Hartig, Jr.

We are grateful for her tremendous, unwavering faith and comforted knowing that she is now restored and once again singing and dancing for the Lord.

Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family asks that if you would like to share a story or memory that you please send it to jodyhenleymemories@gmail.com so that we may cherish them as well.

Friends and family are welcome to make memorial contributions in Jody’s name to support Music Education at the UNCG School of Music, UNCG Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402.

Services

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Steve Mckoin, Jr.

September 18, 2020

On behalf of the Mckoin Family, and the entire staff of Steve's Friendly BP, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Henley Family. Jody and her family have been loyal customers for many years. We will always remember Jody's early morning coffee runs, her warm smile, and good conversation. May God's promise of eternal life bring peace , and comfort to you all. Jody will be missed !!

Steve Mckoin, Jr.
Steve's Friendly BP

Mandy Berry Cheek

September 16, 2020

Mrs. Henley, as I knew her as chorus teacher at Northwest Jr. High and High School left a lasting impression. As a member of her madrigal group my junior year of high school, she surprised us by submitting information for our choir to sing at the White House over the Christmas season. We funded our trip with a musical dinner theater in full period costume which she and another of her family members wrote. Her vision was large. She provided opportunities for us that were incredible. To this day, that trip and performance is one of my favorite memories. We also received superior ratings in our choral competitions. She was an exemplary educator and person. I am forever grateful to Mrs. Henley.

Janice Rager

September 15, 2020

It was a blessing and honor to work with Jody at Brooks Global Studies. We shared many conversations about children, autism, and being teachers. I loved being a colleague and friend of Jody’s. My prayers are with her family as they celebrate her life. It’s quite a blessing knowing that she is no longer dealing with earthly challenges.

Denise Stouder

September 15, 2020

Jody was always a joy to talk to. I met her at the bridal shower . I sat and talked with her at the wedding. Very kind sweet person. Glad for my memories. I will miss our talks. Peace and comfort to your family🙏🙏🙏.

Paula Owens

September 14, 2020

I worked with Jody for many years as a choral director colleague and occasionally as an accompanist for her groups. We also took a class or two together in graduate school. I am shocked to hear of her passing. I am the same age. I am so sorry Dan, Megan and Wes. Dan, you may remember my husband Rudy, who played on your tennis team at GC back in the late 70’s.
So very sorry for your loss and sending prayers for your family in the days and weeks ahead. I am certain Jody’s legacy will live on in the hearts of many.

Judy Heller

September 13, 2020

Jody was my student teacher at S.E. Guilford Sr. Hi. many years ago, and even then was already an outstanding music educator. She left a glorious legacy of caring and talent which has obviously produced so many wonderful memories for all those who were blessed to know her, including me! Rest in peace, Jody.

Therese Hicks

September 13, 2020

Dan,
You may not remember me but I worked at Piedmont Orthopedic for many years and dealt with you and your athletes a lot when you would come in for care. I am very sorry to hear of the death of your wife. God be with you and your family in your hour of need.

Lou Midkiff

September 13, 2020

Dear Dan, Megan, Weston and family,
I have many fond memories of the years that Jody and I were colleagues at NW Guilford Jr.(Middle) School (1980's). We also enjoyed fun times together with our children during their early years, at the pool and those fun birthday parties that she hosted!
Jody was such a gifted, enthusiastic, caring and giving person!
Our love and prayers for you as you grieve her passing.
Sincerely,
Lou and Jerry Midkiff

Evelyn Robinson

September 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the family. Jody, Laura and their parents were a blessing to me at Parkway Baptist Church. My prayers are with you.

Louanne Green

September 13, 2020

Dan, Megan, Weston, Laura and families...I am so very sorry to hear of Jody's passing. I sincerely hope all your wonderful memories will give you some comfort in the days ahead.

FROM THE FAMILY

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