HENNIGAN FAMILY REUNION
MAY 7, 2005
Compliments of Rev. Sharon Hennigan Waters
Our little reunion began as we tried to think
about how our kids, the next generations, could get re-acquainted with each
other. Of course, the foundation for all of our relationships was laid when
my mom, Lura, insisted that holidays and even every Sunday was when family
was supposed to gather to eat. Frankly, that was how she kept up with what
was going on in our lives. She really felt it was her duty to keep tabs on
comings, goings, dreams, aspirations, relationships, you name it, so that
she could pray for 'the Lord's will.' As it turns out the Lord's will quite
often coincided with what she and Daddy thought was the right way to live. I
loved it when both of the big brothers and their families came home for our
gatherings. Sadly, after our parents went to be with the Lord we allowed
phone calls and emails to keep us informed. Technology is great but not as
special as sitting around the table. I hope you enjoy the pictures of our
gathering on May 7, 2005.
Those that attended were Charles Taylor Hennigan
(Shreveport) and his children: Dr. Steve Hennigan and wife Michele who is
expecting their first baby, Sophie Grace (Bentonville, Arkansas); Charles
Taylor Hennigan, Jr. "Chuck" and his wife Janet Kelly Hennigan (Shreveport),
Louisiana; Jordan Kay Hennigan and friend D.J., (Houston, Texas); Shalom
Hennigan (Austin, Texas); Patience Hennigan (Austin, Texas); Charlie's
daughter-in-law Camme (son James is working as a contractor in Iraq) and
their children Baylee and Gunnar. Camme's sister Dawn and her little girls,
Mia and Sidney (Shreveport); family friend Sara; Camme's mom Martha Ellen
(Marti) Ussrey (Little Rock).
Ronnie and Miram Copeland Hennigan (Springhill,
LA); Colby and Ashly Hennigan (Shreveport);
Sharon Hennigan Waters, husband Bruce Waters and
children: Ian Waters, Camille Waters, Charles Manderson "Chas", and friends
Mandy and Brandon. (Hartwell, Georgia)
Roland Hennigan's niece Sewilla (Sue)Hayes and
our cousin Billie Murphy with Billie's daughter Anita and her husband Jim.
Also attending were my good friends Tim Moxley,
Gerry Hall and Jim Hamill (Marietta, Georgia) who provided music for our
Not everyone was able to attend. My brother
David and his wife Vanessa and children Stephanie and Christine were not
able to be there. Ronnie's children Tim, Todd and Tracy were working out of
state. Maybe next year...
Ronnie and Charlie Hennigan
The reunion was a great success. We met at
Cypress Black Bayou in Benton, Louisiana. Our cousin, Sewilla Poland Hays
brought her wonderful "Hennigan Book" full of pictures of the old folks
complete with extensive genealogy charts.
There were some serious bald heads at this
Chuck is Charlie's oldest. That also makes him
the oldest grand of Roland and Lura.
Janet Kelly Hennigan (Chuck's wife)
Dr. Steve Hennigan and Aunt Sharon Hennigan Waters
Steve is Charlie's second oldest and we are only
about eleven months apart, I think. Steve and I were very close when we were
in our late teens and early twenties. We shared rides back and forth to LSU-Shreveport
Taylor and Mona. Shalom is in the background.
Taylor and Mona. Shalom ins in the
Shalom Hennigan, Jordan Hennigan, and Mrs. James "Camme" Hennigan ,
and J.D. (Jordan's friend).
There were some really gorgeous girls at our
reunion. The lovely auburn haired girl is Charlie's daughter Shalom. Her
older sister Jordan is behind her. Camme is in the pink. She is married
to Charlie's son James who is over in Iraq right now working for
Haliburton. JD (far right) is Jordan's friend. All of Charlie's girls
live in Houston.
Mrs. James "Camme" Hennigan
(Daughter-in-law of Charlie Hennigan)
Jordan, J.D. and Shalom
Charlie's oldest daughter Jordan Kay.
She is a graduate of University of Texas and is a pharmaceutical
sales rep. Marti Ussrey is in the back ground. Isn't Cypress a great
place to have a reunion?
Faith, Shalom & Jordan
Jordan says I don't care what you two
are arguing about but I'm going to have some more Leon's Barbeque.
Faith, Baylee and Gunnar
Faith is Charlie's youngest. Baylee and Gunnar
(the cuties next to her) are Charlie's grandchildren by James and Camme.
Taken at her Aunt Dawn's graduation party
the night before the Hennigan reunion.
Charlie and Baylee Hennigan
I see a great light! No! It's just a
great big bald head!
Camme, Gunnar Hennigan with cousin Syd
The tall, good looking ex-marine in the back
is Roland Taylor Hennigan. Taylor is telling my son Chas that
Skateboarders Rule and Park Rangers should get a life.
Taylor Hennigan, son of Charlie Hennigan
Taylor thinks we should get together
again next year for a full three days. He and beautiful wife Mona
will help us organize the next reunion.
Taylor and Mona Hennigan
Michele Hennigan is giving little
Sophie Grace her first taste of Leon's Barbeque. Maybe she'll
remember when it's her time to organize a reunion in oh say,
Steve and Michele Hennigan.
Steve has two older children who were not able to come to
the reunion. Luke must be about 17 and Kerry is 9. They all
live in Arkansas.
The boy on the right is my son Chas. He is
thirteen and has aspirations of being a professional skate boarder. Chas
brought his friend Brandon along to the Hennigan reunion. They skated
everywhere they could in the park before the Rangers made them stop. Behind
them are Charlie and Sue, and another cousin, Billie Murphy. The little girl
is Camme's niece Mia. Too cute!
Another picture of Charles Waters
This very handsome boy is my son Ian. He is
in his second year at Georgia College and State University. He is also a
musician. Ian played guitar along with Shady Grove and Big Jim Saturday
Aunt Dawn's graduation
My husband Bruce Waters is sitting with my
sister in law Miram Copeland Hennigan. Miram is Ronnie's wife. Their son
Colby and daughterinlaw Ashly arrived a little later and I don't think
we got a picture of them.
Mia and Sydney
Camme's neices Mia and Syd. Next to them is
family friend Sara (who's a special family friend to Minden's Carl
Hines). All the cousins are in the table behind the little girls.
My husband Bruce and our daughter
My cousin, Sewilla (Sue) Poland Hays is Roland
Hennigan's niece from Bienville Parish. When I was a little girl she drove
my mom and dad and my brother David and I to see my dad's sister Moese
Hennigan Hall in Pocatello Idaho. Her three children Curtis, Ronald and
Danny Loe were my three very good looking boy cousins. Ronald's daughter
Lauren competes in the Xgames and is a celebrity Wake Boarder. My son Chas
thinks that she is so very cool.
Gerry Hall is a special friend to Bruce and
me. Gerry is a professional strings musician who has played with and for
the best in country music. He and Tim Moxley make up Shady Grove and
along with Gospel music legend Big Jim Hamill, they provided music for
Tim Moxley and Gerry Hall
Tim Moxley and Gerry Hall. They drove
all the way from Marietta Ga to sing for us. I have never known such
generous and dedicated servants of Christ.
Big Jim and Ian
My son Ian is sitting next to Gospel
Great Jim Hamill. Jim was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of
Fame last year. He was the lead singer for the Kingsmen Quartet.
He has been featured on the Gaither Homecoming videos. We're so
honored that he came to be with us for our Hennigan Extended
This is my dear friend Martha Ellen Ussrey.
Marti and I knew each other back in the day when we both worked in
Shreveport. Her sweet young daughters Camme and Dawn were only babies
then. I was single. Although they don't remember this Camme and James
Hennigan played together as little kids. They also don't remember
attending Northwestern at the same time. But, friends became family when
they married. This is Marti the night before our reunion at Dawn's
graduation party. Her 20 year old son John is in the red shirt behind
her. Dawn is in the right and Dawn's grandmother is in the red.
These two ladies are Gunner and Baylee
Hennigan's Grandmother and Great Aunt. Grandma Marti is called Kiki.
Great Aunt Frances is called Boo. Too bad that kids have a hard time
learning their 'k's until they are older. But, "TeeTee and Kinky"
are also great names for such a great lady.
Marti and Frances
Marti and her sister Frances (Fannie Boo)
This is John, Camme's brother
Camille and Mandy
The blond is my daughter Camille and her
friend Mandy. They are in their first year at Georgia College and
My daughter Camille drove from Georgia with
her friend Mandy Stowe. Mandy and Camille went on down to New Orleans
after the reunion. I'm sure they were very well behaved. Of course, I
My daughter Camille and her friend Mandy
Stowe drove down to New Orleans after our reunion to meet up with my
husband's daughter (Camille's sister) Elizabeth. Mandy and Camille have on
Mardi Gras masks. I can see the Hennigan resemblance!
Elizabeth (KK) was thirteen years old when Bruce
and I married. She and her husband Andrew and daugter Avery live in
Sisters in New Orleans
KK & Camille
Camille (right) and Mandy are roommates at
Georgia College and State University. Mandy has never been to Louisiana
so Camille was determined to show her a good time. After our reunion
they drove down to New Orleans where they met Elizabeth. Elizabeth (we
call her KK) is my husband's daughter and (Camille's sister, of course!)
Lot's of fun!