Harold “Sedrick” Henry departed this life on February 25, 2022 at the home of his daughters in Clinton, Maryland. Sedrick was the youngest of five children born to Joshua Levi Henry and Loney Rebecca Carey Henry in Oldhams, Virginia on April 10, 1943.
Sedrick was raised on the Henry Farm in Oldhams, Virginia, in quaint Westmoreland County. He was educated at Bethel School in Threeway, VA, and by “the school of hard knocks.” He was a life-long member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church.
It was on the Henry Farm with the influence of his older brother Edward that he would develop his affinity for nice cars. As a young man, Sedrick was very social. He could often be found at local hangouts like Twin Stop, where he would joke and dance the night away.
After serving in the United States Army, Sedrick moved to Washington, D.C. in 1970. In Washington, D.C., he began working in construction, hanging sheet rock. Sedrick would marry Bertha Lee Crabbe Henry on October 10, 1970. He raised his daughters, Portia and Aisha, with his wife, Bertha, in Prince George’s County, Maryland. During this time he became an entrepreneur; owning and operating H. S. Henry Trucking. It was at this time that Sedrick became affectionately known by his CB handle – Pipeman. There is truth to the old saying, “You can take the boy from the farm, but you can’t take the farm from the boy.” He not only farmed crops but he also farmed relationships. He and Bertha planted seeds of love, support and community. Many of their family members and friends migrated to the Washington, D.C. area, by way of Sedrick and Bertha. Over the years, he employed numerous young men from Westmoreland County and became a father away-from-home for many.
He was a very active and present father, and had a very special bond with his children. There was no better gift to him, than spending time with his family. His youngest daughter, Aisha was his “Cupcake”. During Aisha’s childhood and even into adulthood the two were inseparable. Sedrick would often take Aisha to work with him in the dump truck and she was given the CB handle - Lil Pipe. They rode three-wheelers and motorcycles together, and enjoyed watching sports together (especially The Washington Redskins). In more recent years, he had standing dates with Portia and Aisha for the Washington Car Show, his birthday and Father’s Day dinner; which was mainly crab legs and shrimp. He and his friend Neenah loved to spend their Sunday’s at Rudy and Artice’s home or riding to his daughter Raselle’s for a pop-up visit or a family gathering. Fatherhood was his greatest accomplishment.
As he got older, Sedrick returned to farming and worked as a dump truck driver in the Northern Neck. He could often be found tending to the lawns of close family members and friends during the spring and summer months. Sedrick was extremely witty, and a joke was never far away. Even during his brief illness, his comedic timing and comebacks remained intact. He was our King of Comedy - Sedrick our entertainer!
Sedrick was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Joshua “Edward” Henry, James “Phillip” Henry and Florence Henry Weldon. His tribe will cherish his memory; sister Mary Henry (James); children, China Rudolph Burton (Artice), Portia Crabbe who he affectionately called Rita Joe, Raselle L. Ferguson (Marvin), and his baby girl Aisha Lynette Henry who he affectionately referred to as Cupcake; grandchildren Shawn Bundy, Xavier Ferguson, Zachary Ferguson, Trystian Burton, Try’Quan Burton, and Janelle Epps; great grandchildren; Isabella Ferguson, Zion Ferguson, and Laila Ferguson, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his dog - Smokey.
Home Going Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 230PM in the sanctuary of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2404 Nomini Hall Road, Hague, Virginia.
Interment will follow in the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Henry may be viewed from 1230PM until service time on Saturday at Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Services will be Live Streamed by Mark Bunns via Facebook Live @weldonfisher