Who We Are : Testimonials

On February 10, 2010 we lost our only child Joshua at the tender age of 8. WE knew when we walked into Henson & Kitchen Mortuary that we were “not just another customer”. We were people in need of love and support. They worked longer hours, made special requests happen and painted a beautiful picture of our son. Henson Mortuary helps us carry the weight of losing our only son. To this very day, they continue to check on us to see if we need anything or to simply offer a shoulder to cry on. They are a true blessing to me and my family. So when you’re faced with the worst day of your life go to Henson Mortuary where you will be loved and supported during the hardest days of your life.  


Sara Hagley - Joshua Hagley Family

We have used Henson Mortuary for four family members. I will make arrangements for myself and go ahead and prepay for the service in the next few weeks. Charles Henson was always very courteous and helpful with every detail for my husband (Robert H. Griffith). His staff is also very helpful in every way. The director and staff was always so nice and friendly. ---Levana Griffith


Levana Griffith

Dear Fred Kitchen, Mr. Henson and staff: When a family member passes away, it’s always a difficult time. However, when my father died suddenly in December (2009), Henson’s Mortuary couldn’t have done a better job in handling his funeral, etc. Everyone at Henson’s was very kind and very accommodating. Mr. Henson and the entire staff were all very pleasant and very patient with us as we discussed the particulars. There were no high-pressure sales tactics to spend more than we could afford. Additionally, we loved the Marshall Green casket! Both my parents graduated from Marshall and were HUGE fans of the Herd, so choosing the casket was a no-brainer. Another local funeral home we previously used didn’t have a Marshall green casket (at least not that we were made aware of) when they handled my mother’s funeral in May 2007. However, we discovered after making all the arrangements that dad had planned to be cremated instead of a traditional burial. Everyone at Henson & Kitchen was extremely helpful and understanding when we had to revise our plans. We also wanted to have a personalized service, so that when you walked into Henson’s for Dad’s visitation/viewing, you knew that this was FRED SMITH’S memorial, and that is exactly what we got! Henson’s created a wonderful DVD with dozens of photos of my father, which played on a large TV by the casket. We dressed up a mannequin like a Marshall Football player, complete with a Marshall jersey, football pants and a football helmet. Dad was also an avid golfer, and we set up a putting green in dad’s honor as well. We had food and beverages, and we created a memory table with various mementos, including a bag of dad’s favorite potato chips, a six-pack of his favorite beer and a photo of Marshall’s Stadium. I only wish I had thought to take pictures at the time, but, unfortunately, we didn’t. So, I can’t thank EVERYONE enough at Henson’s for doing such an excellent job. They made a very difficult situation more than bearable. Dad’s visitation was much more like a party, which is exactly what my father would’ve wanted. In the future, should we be unfortunate enough to lose another family member or close friend living in the Huntington area, we won’t ever call anyone but Henson’s ever again!

A thousand thank yous! And God Bless. Sincerely, Lynne Logan Daughter of Fred Smith Columbus, OH


Lynne Logan - Fred Smith Family

Thank you so much for the beautifully handmade angel ornament! It will be a wonderful treasure for each family to pass through the generations. We especially appreciate your willingness to make the extra two so we will each have one. We will not only be able to remember day we hold, but it is also a blessing to have your tangible gift for years to come. Gratefully ---Dot Lemming, Diane and Cheryl


Dot Lemming, Diane and Cheryl

You did a wonderful job with my mother. She would have been very pleased. Thank you for your compassion. ---Diana Maiden Carrier The Frances Maiden Family


Frances Maiden Family

Dear Charlie, I want to thank you so much for the wonderful calendars you have given us over the years. Our people love having them, and we all appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness. May you be doubly blessed for all of the good work and ministry you do throughout the year to help grieving families to move through their difficult journeys. May your new year be blessed and bright. I thank God for you, Charlie. You are the best. May God Bless and Keep all of you in His Love and Care and Close to Him. I am Your in Christ Rev. Sue C. Jarrett Pastor, Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.


Pea Ridge United Methodist Church

I would like to thank you for the beautiful ceremony on Saturday. CELEBRATION OF LIFE CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL SERVICE. I can certainly understand why it should help each and every one of us to get through the healing process and the holidays. Also, the Guardian Angel Ornaments are just lovely and we appreciate them so much. It was so kind of you to think about all of us and do something to help us. Our thanks go out to you and your staff for making it all possible. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and thank you again for the wonderful ceremony and all your kindness. Also Happy New Year to all of you. My family and I really enjoyed it and appreciate all of your kindness. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes and God Bless You! ---Love, Helen Booton and Family


Helen Booton and Family

Charlie, Thanks so much for your respect and consideration extended to our family during my mother’s service. Everything you did was professional yet compassionate. You are a true gentleman and we will always be grateful for your kindness and consideration. I will always recommend Charlie Henson and Henson Mortuary. Thanks again from all of us. –Jerry (The Reba Fitzgerald Family)


The Reba A. Fizgerald Family

I just wanted to "thank you” for all you have done for our family. You did so much more than I had expected. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.  The DVD is a real treasure too! You have gone above and beyond of what I expected.  Thank you for all of the good service you have shown our family over the years, starting back in the 70’s.  You never forget the kindness that one shows when you need a helping hand.  If it helps anyone, pre-planning is wonderful and I highly recommend it. Thank You! ---Joann Tipton (Virgil Tipton Family)


Joann Tipton

Mr. Henson and staff were very sensitive to our feelings and desires every step of the way. I can’t imagine anything that you could have done to improve your service. We are very pleased. I will highly recommend Henson Mortuary to anyone who asks. 

Phyllis R. Wilcox


Phyllis R. Wilcox
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