Lornce “Larry” Henning
May 6, 1947 to
July 17, 2018
Lornce “Larry” Henning was born on May 6, 1947 to the union of Ira B. Henning and Justine Henning in Henning, TN. He received his formal education in Maury City, TN and graduated from Central High School in Crockett County, in Alamo, TN. Lornce entered the Army after high school and received the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter recognition. He served 2 years with an honorable discharge. He moved to Milwaukee after his service commitment and was hired to work for Allis Chalmers as a maintenance repairman and problem solver, for which he received many certificates.
Fate would change Lornce’s life when he met his soulmate, Madelene “Nean” Crockett. It was coincidental that he would fall in love with a young lady with the same name of the county where he attended high school. They would soon learn that as a little girl, Nean grew up across the street from Lornce’s aunt Vannie Henning’s house. They were married February 4, 1974 in Milwaukee, WI and their union was blessed with two sons Lawrence and Montrell, for which he expressed his love for them in his own special way. He enjoyed family outings, especially going to auto shows, drag racing, hunting and fishing.
In Lornce’s spare time he explored his business skills and opened “Larry’s Auto Shop” which was in business for more than 25 years specializing in rebuilding motors. He was well known at Great Lakes Dragaway for racing all types of motorcycles and cars, especially “Mr. Big Stuff ” his Gremlin and Camaro which he built and owned. This exposure lead him to open up his cooking business at the drag strip. He served different food selections, however he specialized in drunken chicken, turkey legs and pulled pork which his customers really loved. He organized many events at the drag strip with his most popular one being “Black Sunday,” which was later changed to “Larry’s Fun Fest.”
In his leisure time he enjoyed reading, traveling, playing darts, pool, and cards. He was on many leagues for his sport interests. He also enjoyed playing dominos with his grandson Jarell, although they use to cheat each other.
He adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed spoiling them although he was a little harder on Jarell.
Lornce had his own personal relationship with Christ. Lornce was called home on July 17, 2018. He was preceded in his death by his parents, Ira B. Henning and Justine Henning; sisters, Ann Henning and Mary Jo Henning; son, Montrell Dion Henning; grandson, Montrell Dion Henning, Jr.; uncles, Leroy Henning, Lloyd Henning, Samuel Henning, JW Bursey, Robert Hurdle, Eddie Hurdle, Chris Hurdle and Amos Hurdle; aunts, Gladis Johnson and Mackcent Henning; nephew, Qwaishun Henning; cousins, Darolyn McAllister, Shirley Johnson, Percy Johnson and Dontrae Henning.
Lornce leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife, Madelene Henning; his caring son, Lawrence (La- Donna) Henning; his affectionate granddaughters, Chasitiy Muskgrow and Montrise Ashley; his witty grandson, Jarell Ashley; step-mother, Abbie Louise Henning; brothers, Ira B. Henning, Milton Henning, Harold Lee (Yvonne) Henning, Tryreece (Dorothy) Henning, Keith Henning, Emmite (Beverly) Henning and Sonnie Henning; sisters, Rita (Larry) Henning-Collins, Rose Henning, Rosaland Henning, June (Don) Henning-Tyus, Ronda Henning and a host of aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and very close friends.