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Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

535 Shute Ln, Old Hickory, TN

OBITUARY

Romelle Points Henry

December 12, 1941June 20, 2020
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Mrs. Romelle Points Henry, age 78 of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020.

She was born in Covington, Kentucky, to the late Floyd Monroe Points and Rebecca Frances Stephenson Points. Mrs. Henry was an educator for over 45 years and retired as the principal at Whites Creek High School. She loved God, her family, teaching and knitting.

Mrs. Henry is survived by her sons, Michael Shaw Henry (Kerrie) and David Monroe Henry (Lacy); eight grandchildren, Jared, Tycen, Jakob, Taylen, Jaden, Jristin, Tylee and Taryn; and her beloved cat, Tabby.

Graveside Services will be conducted at Hermitage Memorial Gardens on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Chris Dickens officiating. Visitation will be prior at Hermitage Funeral Home from 12:00 pm until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, 12110 Lebanon Road, Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37122, or online at www.ofsds.org.

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

Memories

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Evelyn Van Leer

June 29, 2020

I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Romelle Henry. Romelle and I were both teachers in Hunters Lane's ELA department. Our conversations were always filled with her kind, encouraging words. I will always remember her gentle spirit and positive nature.
Family, be blessed knowing Romelle was loved and appreciated by so many teachers and students.
Sincerely, Evelyn Van Leer

Sheila Johnson

June 28, 2020

With deepest sympathy.

Sheila Johnson, Former WCHS Teacher

Rodnece Cameron

June 27, 2020

Mrs. Henry was my Latin teacher for four years at HLHS. She was very nice and fair woman. She was very encouraging and always said to do your best. I will never forget you.

Edward Long

June 26, 2020

I knew Romelle through her job as a Latin teacher. I too am a Latin teacher and would see her and her students at conferences and competitions. I was always impressed by her gentle spirit and love for learning. Requiescat in Pace.

Alice Sanford

June 26, 2020

For decades, before administrative duties whisked her away, Romelle Henry was a valued fellow classicist and colleague in MNPS, TFLTA, and JCL. Romelle loved Latin. More than that, however, she loved her students and recognized the vistas that she could open for them by imparting a little knowledge of Latin and the ancient world. She designed curricular and extra-curricular experiences with that goal in mind. An early adopter of Hans Oerberg’s Lingua Latina and The Nature Method of Language Instruction, she taught students comfort in their use of the language, familiarity with customs and civilizations of the ancient world, and functions of classical languages and cultures today. She set students up --- for success.

One of my favorite memories from a Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention is of her Vergil students’ play which showed Aeneas traversing the waves after the Trojan War and searching, again and again without success, for a land where he and his people might find their destined home. No actors were seen on stage. Instead, shadow puppets behind an illuminated white screen provided the action, while voices unseen provided the story. When I raved about the performance, she said her students had wanted to do a play but no one had wanted to appear on stage, so she told them to think about using puppets. Like so much of what she offered, this modest suggestion yielded a powerful result.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Morte d’Arthur, has the dying Arthur say to Bedivere, "The old order changeth, yielding place to new,/
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,/ Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”

These were the words I thoughts so many years ago when Romelle left the classroom and assumed the role of principal. They seem equally appropriate today. She enriched my world and the world of many others by her presence. Requiescat in pace,

Bonnie Seay

June 25, 2020

When I moved back to Nashville in January, 2001, Romelle Henry was one of the first teachers I met at Hunters Lane HS. She taught Latin and English, and I was a French and Spanish teacher on the same hall. I left teaching for a couple of years and was a proofreader and copy editor at the UM Publishing House. Romelle called me back into teaching Spanish and senior English at Whites Creek HS, where she had become assistant principal. We continued our friendship over the changes through the years and enjoyed going to musicals, movies, out to eat, or just hanging out. I will certainly miss her friendship. Condolences to her sons and their families.

Gary Cowan

June 25, 2020

Remembering a treasured colleague and friend – Romelle’s love of the language arts and her devotion to sharing that love with both students and teachers was her calling. I hope the days ahead will bring Romelle’s family fond memories and a sense of peace.
Gary R. Cowan,
Metro Schools Retiree

Julie PERRY

June 24, 2020

Ms. Henry was my favorite teacher. I took Latin all four years of high school so I could be in her class. She was also a wonderful to friend to me and I was happy to keep up with her a bit through the years.
I’ve always remembered her signing her notes “Semper”, and her beautiful handwriting.
To her family, I know your hearts must be broken by her loss but I know you find comfort that she is with the Lord.
Julie Bumbalough Perry

Janette Carter

June 24, 2020

I worked with Ms. Henry at Whites Creek HS as an Assistant Principal. We would have long positive conversations as we attempted to empower the students and staff. We continued being friends as we met monthly for our lunch gathering. She truly loved her family and grandchildren. I will miss you, take you rest and I will see you again.

Janette Carter

Nancy Calton

June 23, 2020

Romelle was a special friend to me, we shared a lot in long conversations , the last time I was in Nashville, I took lunch to her as she was recovering from surgery, we laughed and such a wonderful visit, she just sent me a birthday card and said she couldn’t wait to visit with me the next time down and how she treasured our friendship! I will miss her, but I have the promise of seeing her again someday!❤️✝️🙏🏻 With all my heart I will pray for her family!!