Kay “Granny” Henley

03/19/1939 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 04/28/2020
Time: 5:00 pm
 – 7:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 04/29/2020
Time: 1:00 pm
 – 2:00 pm


Kay “Granny” Henley passed away on April 23, 2020. On Tuesday, April 28, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, her children will receive family and friends at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers under the guidelines of city officials. We will celebrate her life at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29, at Lake Ridge Chapel. The service will be private, and no guests will be allowed to attend the in-person event at this time. The service will be live-streamed and will be available for thirty days on this page. Please sign the virtual guestbook by selecting the icon. Below the obituary is a place to share memories and expressions of sympathy.

Kay “Granny” Henley was born on March 19, 1939, to Malcolm Wales and Vesta Lee Dunlop in Lubbock, Texas. She grew up and attended school in New Deal. Kay loved school and won numerous spelling contests and loved to read.  She played basketball, and the New Deal Lions won the State Championship her junior year.  Kay was a drum major, twirler and played the flute for the New Deal Lions marching band. Kay married the love of her life, T. J. Henley, on July 9, 1957, at New Deal Church of Christ in New Deal, Texas. They were married for 57 years before his passing.  They enjoyed traveling.  She had wanted to become a nurse, and she would have been a great nurse because she always wanted the best for everyone, and she was so sweet and caring. Kay worked in the school cafeteria, at Texas Instruments and was a secretary for Hamilton Acoustical. After that, T.J. owned his own business, Henley Interior Systems, and she was the secretary for many years until she retired.  She and T.J. owned horses and were in riding clubs.  They rode in parades and rodeo grand entries and participated in many playdays.  When they moved to Post, they had horses, donkeys, a mule, and longhorns.

Kay’s hobbies included decorating the house, and she was good at it!  She missed her calling; she should have been an interior decorator. She enjoyed decorating inside and outside of the house for holidays, especially Christmas.  She had a tree in every room of the house, and she enjoyed gardening.  Her favorite color was purple.  She loved watching tv and all types of music.  Kay was sharp as a tack and was a walking encyclopedia and dictionary. You could ask her any questions, and she knew the answer and how to spell any word. Kay loved going to the beauty shop and going shopping because Kay loved to dress up.  She loved clothes and shoes, but especially BLING! Every day Kay wanted a Sonic Coke Zero. She enjoyed eating out and going to craft shows. Her favorite thing to do was going to Canton, Texas, for Trade Days! Kay had a sense of humor and was so funny and quick-witted. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Kay never missed any of their events, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, one-act play, cheerleading, or stock shows. Kay was thrilled that she got to see her great-grandson, Hunter, play in the State Football Championship. She always put everyone else before herself.  Kay loved sharing memories and stories of family and friends. She loved all animals, past, and future and left behind two dogs, Hank and Bentley, and her beloved cat, Lexi. Kay will be greatly missed, but we know “Granny” is in a better place. She is reuniting with God, her past family members, friends and previous fur babies, and the love of her life, T.J.

Survivors include her children, Donna Gail Henley, and husband, Randy Rogers; Cynthia Kay Williams, and husband, Kenny; James Henley and wife, Gina; seven grandchildren, Justin Preston, and wife, Vicki; Cody Preston, Khristy Biggs, and husband, Mike; Bradlee Jeffreys, and girlfriend Melissa, Briana Sullivan, and husband, Lane, Brittany Henley, and fiancé Michael McKibben; Brogan Vedder and husband, Luke; four great-grandchildren, Hunter Preston, Morgan Biggs, Graham Vedder, and Maddyx Sullivan; and sister, Beth Cooper, and her beloved cat Lexi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm Wales and Vesta Lee Dunlop: and husband, Thomas Jefferson Henley, Jr.


The family of Kay “Granny” Henley has designated the charitable organization of your choice, for memorial contributions donated in her memory.

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3 thoughts on “Kay “Granny” Henley”

  1. I’m so sad to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. She always had a smile to share no matter the situation. I haven’t seen her since my ex-grandmother in law’s , Fern Elliott, funeral. But over the years from the mid 1980’s until then, she always made me feel a part of the family. Her and TJ were an amazing love filled couple. I pray the family is comforted knowing how much she was loved. God Bless you all!

  2. Billy and Sharon Sims

    Billy and I were both saddened to hear about Kay! Kay was the kind of person who treated you like family from the very first introduction! We have so many precious memories of both Kay and T.J. We loved her! Just know the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Extra hugs and much love!

  3. Bernadine Wilson

    Keep the kindness Kay gave you! She was a great lady and always a lady… Love aunt bernadine.

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