Johnie William Hennessee

Male 1916 - 2007  (91 years)


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  • Name Johnie William Hennessee 
    Born 22 Feb 1916  Meigs County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Apr 2007  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I1917  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2014 

    Father Harl Eugene Hennessee,   b. 9 Dec 1892, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1976, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Fannie Meldoria Vincent,   b. 18 Dec 1893, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1962, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married ~ 1913  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1930  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Photos
    The Homeplace...
    The Homeplace...

    Family home of Harl & Fannie Hennessee located in rural McMinn County, Tennessee and painted by their loving granddaughter, Charlotte Hennessee Davis
    Oak Grove Church & Cemetery
    Oak Grove Church & Cemetery

    The old church was located in Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee and has been since replaced with a new edifice. Its cemetery is still the burial site for:

    Harl Eugene Hennessee (1892-1976) and wife
    Fannie Meldora Vincent Hennessee (1893-1962)
    Johnie William Hennessee (1916-2007) and wife
    Rosa Lee Elkins Hennessee (1920-2008)
    James Franklin Harrison (1916-2005) and wife
    Ruby Alice Hennessee Harrison (1917-1961)
    Arlen Lee Hennessee (1919-1988)
    Noah Ross Hennessee (2005-2005) son of Allen & Odessa Hennessee

    Painted by Charlotte Hennessee Davis...
    Harl & Fannie Hennessee
    Harl & Fannie Hennessee

    Harl Eugene Hennessee (1892-1976)
    Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee (1893-1962)

    Photo taken circa 1960 in McMinn County, Tennessee and provided by their loving granddaughter, Charlotte Hennessee Davis
    Family ID F722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosa Lee Elkins,   b. 23 Sep 1920, Bradley County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 2008, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1938  McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Johnie Edward Hennessee,   b. 2 Jan 1940, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 2018, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Betty Rose Hennessee
     3. Charlotte Evelyn Hennessee
     4. Frances "Fran" Hennessee
     5. Anna Lee Hennessee
     6. Brenda Carolyn Hennessee
     7. Connie Sue Hennessee
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F869  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Feb 1916 - Meigs County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Oct 1938 - McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Apr 2007 - McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oak Grove Cemetery, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Johnie William and Rosa Lee Elkins Hennessee


      Johnie and Rosa Lee Hennessee were married so long (sixty-eight years) that it is hard to mention one of their names without the other. Johnie and Rosa Lee started their family in a little house which was called the Thompson place located what is now on County Road 105. Johnie's way for telling a friend that they were expecting a baby was by telling him to look in the drawer behind him which was filled with baby clothes.

      Johnie worked for Harry Ward on his dairy farm on two different occasions, once in the little house without electricity or plumbing and later in the new house built so Johnie would come back and work for him again. They later moved close to Rosa Lee's parents to take care of them. Johnie did quite a lot of farming over the years raising: cotton, tobacco, strawberries, cattle, and always raising several large hogs to kill, and a large garden even up until his stroke at age eighty-three. Johnie worked at Athens Plow Co., Carver Chair Co., drove a school bus for the McMinn County School System for several years doing plumbing and electrical work between the morning and afternoon runs, he then retired and did a full time electrical and plumbing business.

      Johnie bought a farm (The old King place, which is now on County Road 110) in 1950's from Grandpa Hennessee and lived there until their death. Johnie made the most of every situation, usually with a joke (even passed away on April Fool's Day). Johnie never complained about working hard, but said he had good, strong land, it had to be to hold up that many rocks.

      Johnie and Rosa Lee loved the Lord and taught through word and example. Johnie was a deacon for over 40 years at Oak Grove Baptist Church, but was ordained at Clear Springs Baptist Church. Rosa Lee Elkins Hennessee was a charter member of Oak Grove Church where her dad and other family members built the church building back in 1932. Rosa Lee was a very good cook and had all those big Sunday dinners. She taught hospitality by feeding anyone who came along whether it was the Co-op guys, the veterinarian, or a substitute bus driver. Johnie said that none of their children became preachers but they had put a lot of chickens into the ministry. (Of course by feeding their pastors)

      It is said that Rosa Lee invented the pound cake. One day as she was trying to frost a cake that kept crumbling and falling apart, she finally just pounded it with her fist as Johnie walked in and said “so that's how you make pound cake”.

      Johnie never lost his good sense of humor even after his stroke which affected his ability to speak. Amazing how the brain works, even though unable to talk, he could sing. One day, while transferring himself from his wheelchair, he missed his recliner and spilled out onto the floor. When Betty arrived to help get him up, he was sitting in the floor singing, “I Shall Not Be Moved”. On one occasion, he kept pointing up toward the garden trying to tell us something and we just could not make out a word, he got frustrated and yelled “BOOM!” He was telling us the crows would be taking up the corn we had just planted because he knew how long it had been planted. Although he lost his ability to talk, he still communicated with his eyes, smile and that strong hand shake.

      Johnie and Rosa Lee may have lived a simple life, but they did not have a simple faith. They had extraordinary faith and raised seven children. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2127] United States Census, 1930 for John Hennessee of McMinn Co.,TN.

    2. [S52822] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29118787.

    3. [S2136] Charlotte Hennessee Davis Family Registry | 1 Apr 2011 | 423.745.1436.

    4. [S3627] "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPHM-ZHS : accessed.

    5. [S3694] "Harl Eugene Hennessee and Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee Family", compiled by Charlotte Hennessee Davis, and publish.

    6. [S2128] Charlotte Hennessee Davis Family Registry | 1 Mar 2011 | 423.745.1436.

    7. [S3625] "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4Z3-YN5 : accessed.