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Hennis Freight Lines trucks at Whitaker Park, 1962.

Hennis Freight Lines trucks at Whitaker Park, 1962.

Hennis Freight Lines trucks at Whitaker Park, 1962. The trucks are lined up at the front entrance on the left, with the fountains and pool at the right.

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  1. My great grandfather,Sam Hennis, was the founder of Hennis Freight Lines. I remember going to his granite house in Mt. Airy and visiting when I was a little girl . Papa and Mama Hennis were fun to visit. Mama Hennis was blind and had been since a young woman but she knew us all by our steps and voices. What wonderful memories of them and that beautiful Mt. Airy granite house, driveway and retaining wall. I am 57 and am planning a trip to go there this summer to see it all again.

  2. I am Todd Mendenhall my daddy Hal worked at Hennis for 18 yrs. he was there when it closed. he passed away in June 2013. Something that may be of interest. We had a yard sale today & a man came driving up in a chevy s10 with a Hennis license plate on front of it. His name was Bill Edmondson he is about 84 yrs. old now. Bill was on the silver bridge that callapsed on december 15 1967 he was one of only a handful of survivors. his partner was sleeping in the bunk at the time and he died in the accident. I had never herd of this till today but my mother said she remembered when it happened. My dad went on after Hennis closed and stayed in trucking an retired with another unionized company. I followed in his footsteps and have 20 plus yrs. in with ups in Winston Salem. Ups is right up the hill from where Hennis used to be I remember going there as a kid. I also remember picket lines when they went on strike. Any how I enjoyed meeting Bill edmondson today. Thought you might like that bit of history. Unfortunately I do not know any one in picture.

  3. I worked in the claims department at Hennis while in college (1962 – 1966) and recall that Mr. Shirley Mitchell was the president. I do not recognize those who are in this photo but do remember Larry May and Don Sebastian in claims.

  4. my father drove for hennis freight lines untill it became spector red ball when i saw him cry for the first time he drove for them my whole life when they closed their doors on gilchrist rd in akron ohio he had 35 yrs safe driving awards for the company he then went on to owning and operating denham trucking untill he retired with a no accident driving record in 1996 thank you hennis freight lines for the life i live i wear his key chain to this day lol william john denham jr

  5. I worked in the genl office in Winston for 15 years..along with Max Mckinnon in the Claims Dept..many thought that Mr Mitchell was a hard man to deal with..

  6. I do remember Tony at Hennis. Some folks recall me by my first name “Max”.

  7. I really like what is happening here…one of the original intents of Digital Forsyth was to spark comments and conversations about our past…thank you all for your contributions…

  8. My father, A.C. “Red” Jackson worked for Hennis from 1957 until 1961. He was Director of Sales. My sister-in-law, Sybil Rhodes, worked in the printing department. Hennis printed all their own supplies. We lived in Lake Hills before moving back to Chicago.

  9. I was in the army in 1962-63 with Jimmy J. Collins, we were good buddies and he used to talk about working at Hennis, I believe he was a dispatcher. I often wondered what became of him. He used to call everybody “Hoss”.

  10. My Dad used Hennis Trucking for shipping mostly in the 1960’s during his employment at The Suffolk Peanut Company (Suffolk, VA). Mr. Hennis allowed our family use of his rock house in The Meadows of Dan for 2 weeks in the summer for several years. Our family was always appreciative of his gesture. I visited it about 15 years ago. The current owners gave my wife and me a tour. Excellent memories, thanks to his generosity.

  11. Very interesting. I am a truck historian. Familiar with Hennis but only acquainted with some of the people that worked there. did Shirley Mitchell its owner at one time or an appointed President. First time I ever heard the name Sam Hennis. Altough always wondered how Mitchell became President of a company named Hennis. Was’tthere a Ken ? that was later with Carolina after Hennis closed. THink he passed away just a few years ago.

  12. My father, Henry Varner was a corporate pilot for Hennis. We had some wonderful times in the mountains at the Rock House on Mr. Mitchell’s farm. My first experience with a square dance. We would ride my Dad’s motorcycle up in the warm days and freeze to death riding back to W-S in the evening. We also spent some weekends at the Company Beach Houses in Cherry Grove. At that time there was only a couple more houses north and then just empty beach as far as you could see. I was 15 then, that is now 50 years ago. My Dad had a lot of good friends at Hennis. Sadly my Dad passed in 1984 at 55 years young.

  13. Worked in payroll in Winston-Salem in 1962. Moved
    to Charlotte later that year. Transferred to Ruby,
    S C (old Griggs Trucking)in payroll/office. Made it to dispatcher later on…really loved that job. Shirley Mitchell had his own plane with
    a private airstrip somewhere in the Caribbean. He would ride around the W/S terminal in the back of
    his chauffer driven Cadillac. Some of the drivers let me go on the road with them and get behind the wheel(that was a No No)…What A Thrill!! The new Mack F600 V8 Diesel was fun to drive…lot’s of power. Great memories of Hennis! Left in late ’65 for the Marines…

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