Henegar succumbs to injuries

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By Susan Sharp

The halls of Campbell County High School were full as students returned from a long weekend. Despite the crowds there was still a hole among the student body.

One of their own died Sunday evening.

Three weeks after falling from a utility vehicle, Trinity Henegar died. On Aug. 13 the teen fell striking his head on the pavement. He never regained consciousness.

Weeks of prayer have now given way to mourning.

“There is a huge gap that nobody can ever fill,” said Chris Bolton, JROTC cadet and Henegar’s friend.

Tuesday morning the cadets were practicing drills. While they appeared focused a definite sadness hung in the air.

Jamie Allen, a senior cadet who shared leadership duties with Henegar, had red swollen eyes. The mention of Henegar’s name brought tears to her eyes. Fighting those tears she remembered her fellow cadet as jovial. “He just wanted us to have fun in it (JROTC),” Allen said. “He could always put a smile on your face.”

“Trinity had a great sense of humor,” Bolton chimed in.

Talking about Henegar brings a brief smile to both their faces.

For those whom Henegar led, he was a role model. Having roles on the drill team, color guard and raiders Henegar was a soldier’s soldier.

“He loved it (being a leader),” said senior Ryan Rutter.

Before classes began on Tuesday Col. Knud Salveson spoke with the cadets urging them push forward.

“We are doing what he would have wanted,” Jackson said of Henegar.

“He would want us to keep marching,” Brandon Huckaby said.

Expressing concern for Henegar’s parents and a willingness to help in any capacity, the cadets agreed they all had lost a family member with Henegar’s death.

“Everyone is mourning in some sort of way,” Huckaby said.

To help students cope with the grief process counselors were available throughout Tuesday.

“Mr. Poston (director of schools) has sent every counselor in the county,” David Jones, CCHS assistant principal said.

The administration is also allowing students to take the lead in other activities to remember Henegar.

“Whatever the students want to do, we will allow them to do,” CCHS Principal Jamie Wheeler said.

Part of that was everyone wearing green on Tuesday. Green is the color used to denote a head trauma at U.T. Medical Center, Bolton said. Students and faculty both donned the color in memory of Henegar and in support of his family.

“It is a sea of green today,” Wheeler said.

He is survived by his parents Jimmy and Millie Boshears Henegar, brother Dustin Henegar, sister Kylie Keleher and husband Max, nephew Brenton Henegar, and girlfriend Mary Nicole Hickman.

Visitation will be held Sept. 6,  from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the ROTC Building at  Campbell County High School. The funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Henegar and Rev. Danny Orick officiating. Interment will be Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Pond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Cadet Command Sergeant Major Trinity Henegar Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Home Federal Bank in Jacksboro.