OBITUARY

Henry Montefu Jr.

September 13, 1953June 17, 2018

Henry Montefu Jr., age 64, of Plant City, Florida passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Henry was born September 13, 1953 in Miami, Florida to Henry and Diane (Sanchez) Montefu. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Dover and loved to sing. He was employed by TECO for over 40 years. Henry was a jack of all trades and a master of all trades. When he did it, he did it well.

Henry was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Diane Cofield; his loving wife of 45 1/2 years, Sylvia; son, Darren Montefu (Chris), daughters, Casandra Garrison (Rocky); Alicia Cherry (Eugene); brother, Daniel Montefu (Liz); sister, Linda Sylvia Creager (Chuck); and seven grandchildren, Taylor Garrison, Peyton Cherry, Jacob Garrison, Avery Cherry, TaborLee Montefu, Aubrey Garrison, and Gunner Montefu.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 11am at First Baptist Church of Dover in The Sanctuary. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 9am.

The family is requesting that anyone attending please bring with them a favorite memory of Henry written down. These memories will be collected and some shared during the service. The family will take all of those memories home with them.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Henry's memory to the First Baptist Church of Dover.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.WellsMemorial.com for the Montefu family.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Henry Montefu Jr.

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Pam Jaudon Tehrani

July 28, 2018

One of my earliest memories of Henry and Sylvia is when they invited a church group of ours to their home when they lived in Plant City many years ago before I moved away to CA. They were so gracious to host us all there, way back then and I've never forgotten their generosity and hospitality from that gathering. Over the years, I saw them at church when I was back in Dover on many occasions and later enjoyed seeing Trump with Henry and Sylvia. This couple has meant so much to me over the years and I will always remember Henry's sweet spirit and warm smile and Sylvia with her loving, concerned and sweet nature. I pray that God continues to bring Sylvia and the whole family comfort, peace and strength. God bless this sweet family. I'm sorry to have been away at the time of Henry's service, but he will live on in all of our hearts and memories.
Pam

Roy Stephens

July 28, 2018

I have known Henry since he was just a boy attending Mango Baptist Church with his family in the 50s. I didn't get to know him well until later when we attended Dover Baptist together. The first time I heard him sing at church his voice was one of the most beautiful tenors I have ever heard. Perfect pitch and crystal clear. So sad that his incredible talent was silenced so soon. I look forward to listening to him sing again as we sit together by the river of life. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the loss to Sylvia and family. You will see him again.

Char Pfeffinger

July 22, 2018

What a joy Henry was when he would come out to the campground with the quartet and sing at our Sunday services for so many years when Brother Boyce and Pastor Barry were preaching. I know his voice is raised in Praise in God's choir. May you rejoice in all of the wonderful memories your family has of his voice raised in song with the quartet and the choir.

Char Pfeffinger, Tampa East (Green Acres Campground), Dover FL

Deidra Crosby

July 6, 2018

I am so Thankful for both of you and the example you have set for many of us who have had the blessing of being in your Sunday School class and bible study. That’s what it’s all about! This journey called Life has many twists and turns but through it all the Spirit led vessels who chose the path of righteousness and bless others will inherent the Kingdom of God and leave behind the greatest legacy of all. HIS legacy of Love. I will forever be grateful for Henry’s leadership, his encouragement, his example of surrender to the Holy Spirit, and the Family he has helped raise to Love Others as Christ loved. Thankful for you all and praying for the Spirit to give peace to strengthen and comfort you. Love you all! -Deidra

Rita Hlister

July 4, 2018

As a hospice nurse I had the privilege of taking care of Henry. I spent 12 hours with his wife Sylvia and his children. It was a pleasure meeting everyone and caring for a wonderful family.

DIANA SANCHEZ COFIELD

July 1, 2018

MY SON HENRY WAS PLACED IN MY ARMS ON SEPTEMBER 13 1953 SHORTLY AFTER HE WAS BORN, I WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN AT THE TIME BUT SOMEHOW I KNEW HE WAS AND WOULD BE SPECIAL AND A GREAT GIFT; HE WAS NEVER A DISSPONTMENT AND I FELT HIS LOVE . I LOVE THE MAN HE BECAME. THE HUSBAND FATHER AND GRANDFATHER. HIS SOUL MATE WAS CERTAINLY CHOSEN BY GOD AND I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO MY WONDERFUL DAUGHTER IN LAW SYLVIA FOR THE WAY SHE LOOKED AFTER HIM PUTTING HER OWN HEALTH ISSUES ASIDE TO MAKE HIS COMFORT AND WELL BEING HER FIRST PRIORITY THERE IS A VOID IN MY HEART THAT CAN ONLY BE HEALED BY GOD'S AMAZING GRACE. THANK YOU LORD FOR MY SON WHO I LOVE WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND SOUL. SEE YOU SOON BUTCH. WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION MOM

paul martin

July 1, 2018

The very first memory I have of Butch (that is what I called him) was at Bobby Sanchez
house . We were playing in pine trees that had fallen when a loud whistle went off. Butch said that is my mom calling me and he went running back to see what she wanted. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It seems that after our families were entwined for years. We grew up together in church & school even in summer jobs together. I will never forget you Butch. See you later on. Paul

Dan Giel

June 29, 2018

Hank and I worked together in the late 70’s/early 80’s in what was then TECO’s traveling maintenance crew, TMC. Hank was big, strong and smart, and he always had a big smile to share. I especially remember that when we had a tough job to do, we called on Hank. I am sad about his passing, and I hope and pray that he is now singing praises to the King of Kings. RIP my friend.

Pam Chambers

June 28, 2018

I only attended my Senior year at BHS - 71-72. I was so upset that I had been uprooted, however, our God works in mysterious ways. I sat beside Henry in choir and we had such laughs. He kept me on key. I got to know Henry and Sylvia and they have been and are one of my favorite couples. (I even stood up in choir and announced that!) I haven't seen them since one of our reunions awhile back. Facebook has kept us all connected. I will always remember Henry's beautiful voice and how later in life we would watch Wheel of Fortune miles apart hoping our numbers would come up at the end. And if Henry missed an episode he would ask Sylvia to text me. Ninja Warrior was a favorite as well as we would recount the heart warming stories. The love they have for our Lord is undeniable and has allowed me to deepen my faith as we walked this life. If I had never moved to Brandon I would have missed such great people and a wonderful friendship so it is well with my soul. Sylvia and Henry both have made an impact on many lives. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand and memories carry you through until we all gather by the river. Love ya'll so very much.

Aaron and Rachelle Anderson

June 25, 2018

I first got to know Henry in choir. He sat next to me and we were always cracking jokes. He had such a beautiful voice. Later, my kids got to know and love him (and Trump) as he would stand outside the nursery and hand out Smarties to all the kids.