News of the sudden death of former SNA Executive Vice President Tommy Henegar swept through the association yesterday. Mr. Thomas L. Henegar, age 81 of Franklin, TN, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN.
Born in McMinnville, TN, he was the son of the late D. Porter and Pearlee Elliot Henegar. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, a past member and president of the Nursery Association Executives of North America (NLAE), and a past Hall-of-Fame member of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association. He was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, TN.
Mr. Henegar served as the Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association for sixteen years (1972 - 1988.) His father, Porter Henegar held the position for thirteen years prior (1959 - 1972.) During his tenure with the SNA, the association experienced much progress and growth as membership reached a record 1,000 members. He played a key role in the development and growth of the annual SNA Trade Show, increasing from 285 booths to more than 1,000 booths and trade show attendance recognizing a 55% increase. He was also instrumental in bringing the state associations throughout the region together for the annual SNA State Officer's Conference that provided an open forum for learning and exchanging information. His service to the association was cut short when he suffered a stroke in 1988.
Mr. Henegar was honored with the prestigious Slater Wight Memorial Award in 1989. The award is presented annually to the person who, in the opinion of the SNA Board of Directors, has contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the south and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association.
Mr. Henegar's parents precede in death. Survivors include his wife, Mary Trigg Henegar of Franklin; his aunt, Edith Davies of McMinnville; nephews, Leonard Cathey of Franklin and Trigg Cathey of Lewisburg.
Graveside services for Mr. Henegar will be conducted on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 11 a.m., at Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg, with Reverend Leland Carden officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be past Presidents of Southern Nursery Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made as your heart leads. If you would like to make a memorial donation to the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, make checks payable to: Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund and forward to:
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund
c/o Harvey Cotten, Jr., Trustee
1006 Fraser Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
Expressions of sympathy can be made by logging in to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=152785886.
Thomas L. Henegar's legacy lives on through a museum collection of archives donated by the Southern Nursery Association on deposit at the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center.