Herbert Carlisle Henley, Jr., “Carl” and “Father Chief” to many, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, NC. Carl was born to Herbert Carlisle Henley, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Hunt Henley in Kinston, NC on March 20th, 1938. Carl graduated from Pittsboro High School in the class of 1956. He continued his education, graduating from NC State in 1960, after which, he taught Jr. High math at Virginia Beach from 1960-1961. His quote: “They almost drove me crazy!” In 1962, Carl received his Masters in Public Health from UNC. From 1962-1964 he served in the US Public Health Service while working for the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. His education continued with graduate school at the UNC School of Public Health from 1964-1968. He then began teaching at the UNC School of Social Work in the fall of 1968, where he taught for 31 years. Carl received his PHD in Biostatistics in 1971 and was named Teacher of the Year in each of four decades, spanning 1960-1990. Carl was preceded in death by his father, Herbert C. Henley; his mother, Mary Elizabeth Hunt Henley; his son, Andrew Carlisle Henley; his second wife, Martha Lillian Henderson; and his first wife and mother of his children, Rebecca Jackson Henley. Carl is survived by his daughter, Caroline Keith Henley; her husband Richard Douglas Thorne; his two grandsons, Richard Marshall Thorne, and Jake Douglas Thorne; his sister, Mary Ross (Rossie) Lindsey; his brother Thomas Franklin Henley and wife, Sandra; many nephews and nieces from both the Henley and Henderson families; as well as his special friend Joan Watts. Carl was a dedicated member of Binkley Baptist Church for more than 50 years. He loved teaching, sharing jokes and will forever be an NC State fan! However, very little else brought the joy he got while playing, watching and talking golf! After he suffered a spinal cord stroke in 1995, he was “the come-back kid” and made 3 holes-in-one on the golf course and carried the Olympic torch up a portion of Franklin Street in Chapel Hill for the 1996 Olympics. Carl’s service will take place at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill on August 24th, 2019 at 2 PM. Reception to follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.The family would like to recognize the loving care he received from the staff of the Arbor at Galloway Ridge, his friends and family
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Binkley Baptist Church
1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514