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Henegar inducted into LMU Educators' Hall of Fame

Harrogate, Tennessee, October 31, 2017—Vera Jo Higdon Henegar, of Clinton, Tennessee, was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Educators’ Hall of Fame on October 14, 2017, during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.

 Henegar was an active student, serving in the Women’s Athletic Association, the Foreign Language Club, the Future Teachers of America, the Folk Dance Club, Zeta Tau Kappa Sorority, and participating in intramural basketball and tennis. Henegar earned a permanent certification in education from the state of Tennessee, and then began her teaching career at West LaFollette Elementary as a teacher and girls’ basketball coach for grades one through seven.

She married William Howard Henegar in 1952 and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1956. William’s military career took the Henegars around the globe, giving her the opportunity to teach in many different states as well as in Germany and Norway.

Henegar completed her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1986. She pursued additional graduate coursework, and her post-master’s research centered on literature for children and young adults, and looked at the portrayal of death and dying in these genres.

Throughout her 37-year career, Henegar taught at all grade levels from second grade through high school. In 1976, Henegar’s career shifted focus when she became the elementary and junior high school librarian at Anderson County Schools in Clinton, Tennessee. Later, after completing her master’s degree, Henegar served as the librarian at Clinton High School before her retirement in 1996.

Henegar has been active in chapter, state and international units of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She served as president of the Tennessee organization from 2001 to 2003, leading over 4,000 members during her tenure. Henegar is active in Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton, and serves as president of the United Methodist Women and as an adult Sunday school teacher. She also serves as chairman of the church’s Ida Inez Gamble Scholarship Committee, managing a $125,000 endowment to benefit the education of students in Anderson County.

She and her husband William have three children, Marilyn Anne Giles, Deborah Kaye Smith and William H. Henegar, Jr. In the midst of her professional endeavors, Henegar’s family has remained her chief priority. She has taken much time to care for family members, and also is known for planning and hosting family reunions.

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