Reverend Robert Leroy "Bob" Hennessee

Male 1931 - 2001  (70 years)


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  • Name Robert Leroy "Bob" Hennessee 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 14 Jun 1931  Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Presbyterian Minister  [1, 3
    Residence Address:
    Marjorie Hennessee
    803.278.0790 
    Military US Army  [2
    Died 20 Jun 2001  Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 25 Jun 2001  Forest Park East Cemetery, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3094  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2015 

    Father Charles Moses Hennessee,   b. 4 Feb 1901, Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1965, Hammond, Lake County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Elsie Mae Compton,   b. 3 Nov 1901, Green County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1992, Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1930  Crownpoint, Lake County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1204  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Katherine LNU 
    Children 
     1. Margarete "Margie" Hennessee
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F11537  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marjorie Carol McWaters 
    Children 
     1. Deborah Carol "Debbie" Hennessee
     2. Tammie Rene Hennessee
     3. Robert Leroy Hennessee, Jr.,   b. 9 May 1963, Richmond, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 2013, Alabaster, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     4. Brenda Faith Hennessee
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F1214  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Simone N. Legrand  [1
    Married 8 Dec 1983  Gregg, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F1213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jun 1931 - Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Dec 1983 - Gregg, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 2001 - Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 25 Jun 2001 - Forest Park East Cemetery, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • SHREVEPORT, LA - Robert L. Hennessee, child of God and Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, died Wednesday, June 20th in Shreveport, Louisiana. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, Louisiana on Monday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. Seminary classmates Robert Bruce, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Airy, NC, and Howard Gordon, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR, will officiate along with Robert Laha, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport. Following the Service the family will welcome friends in the Dining Room at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24th at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Marshall Street in Shreveport.

      The Reverend Dr. Hennessee was born June 14, 1931 in Waukegan, Illinois. His mother, Elise, and father, Charles M. preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Simone, Executive Director of the Providence House Ministry in Shreveport; and by four children, Debbie Hennessee and husband Jae of North Augusta, SC, Tammie Meadows and husband Glenn of Augusta, GA, Robert Hennessee, Jr. and wife Kathryn of Birmingham, AL, Brenda Tengel and husband Mark of Charlotte, NC; five granddaughters, Krystal Meadows, Megan and Ryan Tengel, Karoline and Kaitlyn Hennessee; and brother, Ronnie Hennessee and wife Flo of Phoenix, AZ; and stepsister, Jean Lucille Allen of Louisville, KY; and a host of very special friends too many to name but not forgotten.

      Pallbearers will be Jerry Sayres, Leonard Selber, Bob Schaff, Chuck Strickland, Joe Shyne, Bob Plummer, Harry McCain, and Chuck Moffet. Honorary pallbearers will be the Session St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

      The Hennessee family expresses its appreciation to a wide circle of friends and church members who have loved and supported us during Bob's illness, especially the Board of Directors and staff of Providence House, Willis Knighton Medical Center and Hospice of Louisiana, Charlotte and Bob Schaff, Harry McCain, Leonard and MaryAnne Selber, Ben and Julia Claire Land, Jerry and Jean Sayres, Drs. Patti and Mike Brannan, Dr. Michael Aura, Dr. Michael Moore, Dr. Lane Rosen and their staff.

      Bob is remembered by his family and friends as an unusually able preacher, a student of the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition, a staunch ally and formidable foe, and a committed friend. He was a member of Pines Presbytery and was a faithful Presbyter and servant of the church in the most important senses of the words: that he loved God and neighbor, that he was an apt student of scripture and theology, that he had little pretense nor tolerated it in others. Bob served churches in Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana - and he had a particular affinity for mission work in Chile. Quite ill for a number of months Bob continued preaching almost to the end of his life and everyone who heard or read those sermons were stuck by their power and truth.

      Bob's childhood of relative poverty and service in the U.S. Army and his experience in corporate sales with U.S. Steel, combined with his biblical scholarship, made him a particularly effective witness with a wide variety of people. His love of good food and drink and travel and strong debate were well known, as a matter of fact, the expression "he would argue with a fence post" could have been coined about Bob.

      As a staunch supporter of his wife's ministry with homeless families, Bob requested that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Robert Hennessee Education Fund of Providence House, 814 Cotton, Shreveport, LA 71101. This fund for education of homeless families was established in Bob's honor by a close family friend and Elder in the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, where Bob finished his ministry.

      Bob was privileged to plan his service of Witness to the Resurrection that will make extensive use of the Psalms. Now, for him, the promise of God is true, as in Isaac Watts' paraphrase of part of Psalm 23:

      The sure provisions of my God attend me all my days; O may your house be my abode, and all my work be praise. There would I find a settled rest, while others go and come; No more a stranger, or a guest, but like a child at home. [2]
    • 17 Nov 2011 Email

      Hey cuz,

      How are you doing? Hope things are well your way. I just wanted to let you know that I saw on Tammy's (Hennessee) facebook page that her father passed away this morning. I thought you might want to update your records. Also, I have found some of Charles Moses' descendants and I am trying to find out some more info not only on him but also on my great grandfather. Gloria, daughter of Charles Moses has said that James Robert had jumped off the bridge into the Little Calamut River (in South Chicago) and said it was in the 50s because she was a young teenager. This she had her daughter tell me. I am hoping to get to talk to her myself one day. They aren't very receptive it seems. I also have spoken to the ex wife of Robert LeRoy Hennessee (Marjorie McWaters) and she also confirmed hearing about James jumping to his death while he was drunk (no surprise there). I am also in contact with their daughter Tammie Hennessee Meadows. She seems much more friendly and open. I think she is going to try to talk to her uncle Ronald Kent (son of Charles Moses) who is still living. Nobody said if James was intentionally trying to commit suicide or just doing something stupid but I would guess the former (although I don't know obviously). I am trying to see if I can get in touch with Ronald Kent but no luck yet. I did pass your email address along to a few of the relatives. I will let you know if I find anything else out!

      Love,
      Stef [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3307] Marilyn Hennessee Perkins | Family Group Records | 13 Jul 1991 | 104 Autumn Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718 | 502.465.72.

    2. [S4941] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hennessee&GSfn=robert&GSmn=l&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=20&GScnt.

    3. [S44673] Marjorie McWaters Hennessee | Telephone Interview | 7 Jan 2012 | marge824@gmail.com.

    4. [S4942] Stefani Hennessee | January 15, 2014 | no1_decofan@hotmail.com.

    5. [S37557] Stefani Hennessee | email | 24 Jan 2011 | no1_decofan@hotmail.com.