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Henry Bruce Delk, Sr.

October 22, 1943 — October 25, 2019

"Henry Bruce Delk Sr.” (76) passed away, October25,2019, at home surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness. He was the son of Tharpe Delk Sr. and Mary Jane Herrin Delk. He was preceded in death by all his siblings: A.V. Delk, George Raymond Delk, Edna Delk Fitchett, T.E. Delk, Ollie Mae Delk Swearingen, Roy Delk Sr., Melba Delk Griffis, Rosa Lee Delk Smith, and Ed Rivers Delk. Henry had an accident early in life while playing cowboys and Indians. He jumped off the roof of his house and landed on a stump. He spent 18 months in the Shriners Hospital leaving him with a little arm. He worked mostly with wood. He cut pulpwood, timber, he hauled and sold fence post. He also farmed,he raised and sold cattle, hogs,and chickens. He loved being outdoors. His passion was fishing. It didn't matter if it was fresh or saltwater. He also loved to stand around a barrel fire. He was married to Ann Davis and had two children, Tammy Delk Thompson and Henry Bruce Delk Jr. The Delk family are known for nicknames. They were referred to as Shug and Tug. Tug passed away in 2007 unexpected. He also had a daughter with Ann Rosier,Patricia Jane Whatley.Taking on his mother's namesake. He has been married to Carolyn Lane Delk for the past 37 years. Although they didn't have any children together, they had one very special dog named Potty. She was like their child and was loved dearly. He had Potty for 22 years and he spoiled that dog beyond belief. He ordered her favorite foods from restaurants, gave her birthday parties, and she loved snuff. When he got a dip he gave her one too. Potty passed away a few years ago and was laid to rest complete with coffin,vault and tombstone. She is buried between him and his wife. He had two Son- Laws Perry Thompson and Scott Whatley. He had 5 grand-children. Caleb (Esau) Thompson,Jack Thompson,Henry Bruce Delk III (Tuggie), Desirae Delk and Michael Griffis. He had two great-grandchildren,Jace Griffis and Georgiah Griffis. He was a very strong man and he loved his family, he just had his own way of doing things. He would never say GoodBye, it was always See Ya Later.When asked why he said GoodBye was final. He would always say he didn't need to say "I Love You" every time he saw you because you should already know that.He was strong willed and strong minded. He planned his own funeral and his wishes were carried out. Before his passing he met with a preacher and got right with God. He had a small graveside. His pallbearers were his grandchildren and one special nephew. Caleb (Esau) Thompson,Jack Thompson,Tuggie Delk,Desirae Delk,Michael Griffis and Phil Swearingen. Paper Rosie was played as he was carried to his resting place. Scott Whatley read a Verse from the Bible, his daughter Shug gave a brief eulogy,his nephew Tiny Griffis spoke, his Grand-Son Caleb (Esau) Thompson spoke. Meet me  by the River was played, then Mr. W.G. Smith said a Bible verse and Prayed. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends."
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

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