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Dr. Charles Taylor Hennigan March 19, 1935 to December 20, 2017

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Dr. Charles Taylor Hennigan March 19, 1935 to December 20, 2017

Dr. Charles Taylor Hennigan Memorial


Dr. Charles Taylor (Charlie) Hennigan, born March 19, 1935, of Minden, Louisiana, passed away on December 20, 2017 in Humble, TX.


Charlie was born in Bienville, La. and is a graduate of Minden High School class of 1953. He graduated from Northwestern State University with his master’s degree and later earned his doctorate in education from the University of Houston in 1967. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and artilleryman and held a career in sales and teaching. He founded the Hennigan Institute, a learning center, in Houston. Hennigan designed and implemented counseling and educational programs for court-designated delinquent students, edited a phonetic reading program aimed for junior high students, and produced a 10-module self-discovery and goal-setting course entitled "Set Yourself Free." He published one book, a work of fiction, entitled "Slick," in 1975.


Charlie is well known for his professional football career where he played for the Houston Oilers as a wide receiver for 7 years. Charlie starred for the Houston Oilers from 1960-66 after he earned roster spots out of an open tryout. Charlie was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in1978, and still holds two NFL receiving records and is in the top three of three more. He made the All-Time All-American Football League Team and was chosen by fan vote as a member of the Oilers' 25th anniversary All-Time Team. He was a 2-time AFL champion, 5-time AFL All-Star. Hennigan caught 410 passes for 6,823 receiving yards for the Oilers, scoring 51 touchdowns. One TD was the first in Oilers' history. Further notable NFL records include most yards receiving gained in a season held for over 30 years later surpassed by legendary hall of famer Jerry Rice. Additionally, he held the record for most passes received in a season, also held for over 30 years before exceeded by hall of famer Art Monk. Two more NFL records were held for similar time span only to be surpassed by hall of famers Michael Irvin and Lance Alworth.


Charlie is preceded in death by parents Clarence Roland Hennigan and Lura Taylor Hennigan and grandson Lucas Aaron Hennigan.


Charlie is survived by brothers and sister Clarence Roland Hennigan Jr. (Ronnie), Sharon Hennigan Waters and David Aaron Hennigan. Charlies children are sons Charles Taylor Hennigan Jr. (Chuck), Dr. Stephen Hall Hennigan, James Lassetter Hennigan and Roland Taylor Hennigan. Daughters, Jordan Kay Cobb (JD), Patience Shalom Hennigan and Faith Christiana Hennigan.


Charlie’s grandchildren are Cari Viola and Sofia Grace Hennigan, Baylee Ann and Gunner Fox Hennigan, Payne and Avery Hennigan, Thad Ewing, Katie White, Jude Taylor and Aaron Taylor Hennigan, Cruz Asher and Haven Kay Cobb.


Given his value of his children and grandchildren, academic, pro football and sales and teaching successes; his cornerstone was always his faith and belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. As Charlie would most often quote, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”


The Hennigan family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of donations or flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made to the Children’s Scholarship Fund honoring Charlie’s devotion to the education of children. https://scholarshipfund.org/support/