Obit: Thomas Lattier Hennigan

November 26, 1929 – January 26, 2022

Funeral services celebrating the life of Dr. Thomas Lattier Hennigan will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services. Officiating will be Reverend Linda Clark with the eulogy delivered by Senator Louie Bernard.

Mr. Hennigan was born November 26, 1929 in Marthaville, Louisiana to Hattie Maines Hennigan and Dewey Lattier Hennigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard Wayne Henigan and Dewey Raymond Hennigan and wife Rose Ann; sister, Eleanor Jane Ingram and husband Billy; and daughter-in-law, Christine Jordan Hennigan.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Crump Hennigan, who he was married to for seventy years; three sons, Michael P. Hennigan (wife Kay), Mickey O. Hennigan (wife Cheryl), and Thomas C. Hennigan (wife Kelley); eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

As a native of Marthaville, Dr. Hennigan graduated from Marthaville High School and following graduation, enrolled at Northwestern State University (NSU). The celebration of graduation from NSU was high-lighted by the marriage of his high school sweetheart Miss Gloria Crump.

Upon graduation from NSU, Dr. Hennigan served as the Instructor and Director of Audio-Visual Education. Among his accomplishments at NSU, he introduced 16mm film production, and personally filmed hundreds of football and basketball games during his career. In addition, Hennigan and his close friend, Paul Keyser, designed, developed, and operated the first and only closed circuit television instructional system in the entire State of Louisiana.

Furthering his education, Dr. Hennigan completed his Ed. D. from Indiana University in 1969, while continuing his full-time professorship at NSU. His dedication and service to the university was recognized through the years by his induction into the NSU Long Purple Line, the Hall of Distinguished Educators, and the Graduate N Club.

Following his retirement from teaching in 1985, he became a Certified Lay Speaker for the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana and preached at community churches in the parish for many years.

Those honored to be pallbearers are Tim Crump, Joe Bill Ingram, Christopher Hennigan, Brian Baiamonte, Sam Leone, and Ted Brockway, Jr.

The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Dubuis Hospital, Cabrini Hospital, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Kindred Home Health, and the Courtyard of Natchitoches.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the first United Methodist Church, 220 Amulet Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, St. Jude’s, or the charity of your choice.


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