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American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Henry Pressley, Jr.

June 1, 1931June 19, 2020
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Henry Pressley, Jr, (age 89) passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020. He left this earth eagerly awaiting a reunion with the love of his life, Martha. Henry resided in Livingston, TX where he was a member of the First Methodist Church.

Henry retired from the Houston Police Department in 1984 after 30 years of service. He was a Sergeant for 23 years spending 13 years in the Criminal Investigation Division where he was in charge of Dignitary Protection and Public Disorders. His team arranged security for all dignitaries visiting Houston from 1971 through 1984. After his retirement from HPD, he became the Director of Life Safety and Security at Cullen Center. After retiring from Cullen Center in 1999, he moved to Livingston, TX with his wife, Martha.

Henry lived life big and was known for his kindness and humor. He enjoyed many things but he especially loved painting, reading, creative writing, carpentry, history, genealogy and writing humorous articles of past experiences for the Houston Police Retired Officers Association.

He was a 50 year Mason and Shriner where he served for several years as a President of the Arabia Shrine Motor Patrol and President of the Arabia Shrine Golden Wheels.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents Gladas Ruth Chatham and Henry Pressley, his brother Jack Pressley, his daughter, "Missy Mess" Tracy Schiele and granddaughter, Carrie Self. His surviving children include daughters, Tina Faircloth and Twanya Weber as well as stepson, Kenneth Self. He leaves 6 grandchildren including Jason Faircloth, Jaime Anderson, Lindsey Weber, Ken Self, Lauren Denby, Cody Self, Paige Pressley, Kurt Nabors and Heather Nabors. Henry has 8 great grandchildren along with their families, numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Henry was a kind man. A forgiving man who always looked for the best in people. He will be missed.

Services

  • Houston Police Department Honors Ceremony

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Carol Quast

June 29, 2020

My husband, Morris,and I and our children shared many, many happy hours with the Pressley family, at work at HPD, at play at the lake, at Shriner and Motor Corps. functions and on trips of competition all over Texas and the United States. They were family and we loved being a part of their lives.

Henry and Martha were two of the kindest and most loving people I've ever known and I look forward to meeting up with them on the other side.......'til we meet again, my dear friends......love, love, love you both and am so proud to have spent so much time with y'all!

Carol Ann Quast

Greg Schneider

June 25, 2020

Rest in peace, dear Henry.
We were lucky to have known you and have you as a friend.
You will be missed by many.

We'll save a seat for you on the porch!

Mr. & Mrs. Greg Schneider

Kenneth Henson

June 22, 2020

I shall always remember Henry as a kind and wonderful human being that loved his family.
We along with another police officer made a wild dash across Texas trying to stop at all the famous Texas sausage places- we had so much Big Red and Que that every cardiologist would have gone crazy.
No matter what chores Henry under took it was completed with perfection .
Tell Martha hello

Sidney Serres

June 22, 2020

I remember Henry. I joined in 1956, class number 14. I served for 32 years and I knew Henry very well. He was a fine Christian man and I respected him and everyone that knew him respected him. I send my condolences to his family.
From Retired Sergeant Sid Serres.

Veronica Gutierrez

June 22, 2020

My heart is heavy to hear the news of Mr. Pressley's passing. I loved him sooo much and always had him in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a wonderful and kindhearted Gentleman. He made this world a better place. I thank God for allowing me to have crossed his path.
My most heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. God Bless.
Veronica

Ron Cunningham

June 22, 2020

Henry not only working with you at HPD I remember all the years we spent together in the Arabia motor. We had some very good times. You will be missed brother but now you are in Heaven and one day we will meet again.nGod bless you and your family.

Sgt. Chad Harris

June 22, 2020

I worked for Henry from 1984-1985, prior to my joining HPD in 1986. He was always very pleasant and I enjoyed knowing him.

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