Andrew Thomas Henges
Andrew Thomas Henges, 19, of Beaumont, died Saturday, April 29, 2023.
Andrew Thomas Henges was born on September 17, 2003, in Beaumont, Texas, to his mother, Jeani, and his father, James (“Jim”). At that time, the life-long bond between Andrew and his older brother, F. William Henges, IV (“William”) began, and William started training Andrew for his future role as big brother to John Christopher (“Jack”). In addition to his parents and brother, Andrew was loved and influenced by many others including Emily Ponthieu Sheridan, Chrisa Ponthieu Atkins, and Nicole Wingate Albanese who initially came into Andrew’s life as nannies but became like family. Andrew was also blessed with two loving grandmothers, Dorothy Halvorsen Henges and Debbie Davis, who were active participants in his life. Andrew was baptized at Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont by Reverend Bob Shields and attended Trinity Play School.
At age 3, Andrew was enrolled at All Saints Episcopal School where he would spend the next eleven (11) years. At All Saints, Andrew became a stellar student, further developed his relationship with God, and forged deep friendships that would last throughout Andrew’s lifetime. Andrew was instructed by a caring and loving faculty at All Saints who helped lay a strong academic foundation and a true moral compass. It was also where many noticed and began to appreciate Andrew’s distinctive personality; Andrew did not waste words and did not engage in idle chatter, but instead spoke when he had something of substance to say. Andrew finished eighth grade at All Saints in 2018. Having earned straight A’s during his eleven years at All Saints, Andrew was awarded Outstanding Eighth Grade Student of the Year.
In addition to academics and his faith, Andrew discovered sports at a young age. He tried everything, including football, baseball, soccer, golf, and basketball. Some sports stuck while others did not. Andrew began playing football in first grade and found himself in a league and on teams in which the coaches instilled responsibility, work ethic, and good sportsmanship. In third grade, Andrew played center on what has been called “the greatest third grade peewee tackle football team ever known to mankind” as they soundly defeated every team they played locally and nationally, ultimately earning the title of “National Champions”. Four members of that team have gone on to play Division I college football. This team is where some of Andrew’s deepest and long-lasting friendships were formed, including his friendships with Nic Stacey and Sean Kelley with whom Andrew would continue to play football through high school. During those years, he was also a member of Cub Scout Pack 291 where he had many outdoor adventures with his friends, earned the Arrow of Light, and then crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 601 with another lifelong friend, Aiden Heartfield.
On June 25, 2012, when Andrew was nine, his role changed in the family as he transitioned from being the “baby” to what some would call the “middle child.” More accurately, Andrew filled the role of “big brother” to his newest sibling, John Christopher (“Jack”). As William had done for Andrew, Andrew instilled in Jack the love of sports and video games along with the ideals of hard work and honesty while still enjoying life.
In 2018, Andrew enrolled in Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont and played football for the Kelly Bulldogs. Andrew was called up to the Varsity team his freshman year and continued to play on Kelly’s Varsity football team his sophomore and junior year. While Andrew’s love of football continued, it did not interfere with academics. Andrew was enrolled in advanced placement classes throughout his four years at Kelly, was inducted into the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta honor fraternity and made straight A’s during his four years at Kelly. Andrew had a love and natural understanding of math and science. He and best friend, Anish Doshi, who also excelled in those areas, collaborated endlessly on those subjects throughout high school (and continued to do so in their college classes even though they attended different universities). Also during high school, with the help of his stepfather, Brian Milner, Andrew discovered his new athletic pursuit – weight training. At one point, Andrew was able to bench press 300 pounds. Andrew remained active in Boy Scout Troop 601 with his childhood friend, Aidan, both achieving the rank of Eagle Scout within months of each other. Andrew graduated from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2022.
Andrew had his choice of colleges, but Andrew chose Texas A&M University which was the alma mater of his brother, F. William Henges, IV, his grandfather, Frederick William Henges, III, and his father, James Henges. Andrew had dreams and aspirations of attending medical school and becoming a neurosurgeon, and so he majored in Biology. During his first semester in the fall of 2022, Andrew earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. But there continued to be more to Andrew than academics, and he strived to be a well-rounded gentleman. In the fall of 2022, he pledged and was inducted into Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Texas A&M. During his pledgeship, Andrew forged relationships with 34 other young men of exemplary character. Without question, Andrew’s affiliation with the Aggie Delts also dramatically improved his taste in music.
Many things about Andrew never changed, including his personality, his spirit, his moral compass, and his wit. Andrew was seen by his peers (and the parents of his peers) as the “responsible one.” He possessed the ability to complete any task he started with laser focus and was incredibly disciplined. Andrew always had a smile on his face, and while never a huge smile, he always had at least a small grin reflecting his overall happy and positive disposition. Andrew was a true and loyal friend and had a compassionate heart – not just to the ones he held close, but to anyone who needed a helping hand. His hobbies evolved throughout his life, but in recent years, he loved playing cards with his buddies and spending time in the gym. During the last year, he and his brother, William, began following the UFC like a second religion. He will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, iconic laugh, and compassionate heart.
Survivors include his father, James Henges of Beaumont; his mother and stepfather, Jeani and Brian Milner of Lumberton; his two brothers, F. William Henges, IV and John Christopher (“Jack”) Henges of Beaumont; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Halvorsen Henges of Beaumont; his uncle, Robert Henges of Houston; along with many others who may not have been brothers by biology, were indeed brothers in heart, soul, and/or spirit.
He is proceeded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frederick William Henges, III and his maternal grandparents, Debbie Sant Davis of Monroe, Louisiana, and Allen Dale Smith, Sr. of Mendenhall, Mississippi.
Pallbearers will be F. William Henges, IV, John Christopher Henges, Anish Doshi, Sean Kelley, Cade Brocato, Vincent Jabbia, Gabe Hernandez, Aidan Heartfield, and Nicholas Stacey. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Texas A&M University Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
A gathering of Andrew’s family and friends will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont. His graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Episcopal School, 4108 Delaware Street, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or Boy Scout Troop 601, 680 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
- 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
- May 5, 2023
- 6:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
- 3430, Harrison Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
- May 6, 2023
- 2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
- 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
- May 7, 2023
- 2:00 pm
Jim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Words can never truly express how sorry I am for your loss. I am praying for God to hold you in His mighty hands. My son, Hayden, was one of Andrew’s Delt brothers. Andrew will be dearly missed. I am so very sorry.
I had the great privilege of getting to meet and know Andrew and his friends their senior year at Kelly. Andrew was always very polite and took great pride in being a big brother. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing and my prayers are with his family and friends.
We are heartbroken over Andrew’s passing. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy, it doesn’t seem that this could have happened. My heart & prayers go out to you and your family as you mourn the loss of Andrew. There are simply no words of sorrow to help at this point. You are blessed to have had this wonderful young Aggie for the time you did. He will always be with you through your loving memories. To have called him home so young, God must have something very important that only Andrew should do. I’m sure it will be done well.
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your beloved Andrew. My son was a pledge brother with Andrew. He sounds like a remarkable young man. My deepest prayers are with his family.
Praying for you during this difficult time. My son, Chris, was in the 2022 DTD pledge class with Andrew.
I am very sorry for your loss. I just joined the Aggie family, and reading about Andres passing really broke my heart. After reading your beautiful tribute to Andrew I can see what an amazing young man he was. Sending all my prayers to Andrew’s family and friends. May his soul rest in peace and the beautiful memories help ease the pain that you are going thru right now.
My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of Andrew.
Avilash talked so glowing about Andrew and he will be missed by Avilash and all the people he touched. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time.
I too am heartbroken for all of you. What a gift Andrew was to his family, friends, and this world. Sending love and prayers, and heartfelt thoughts.
It was my joy and honor to be Andrew’s senior English teacher. He was such a great student and a kind young man. My prayers are with his family and all who loved him. I’m glad I was able to know him.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Andrew was a magnificent human being. Prayers of peace to you all.
We send our condolences to all that loved and knew Andrew. We pray he will rest in peace and we ask for peace, comfort and strength to Andrew’s family and friends during this very sad time.
This is a beautiful tribute to Andrew. Please know that our prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.
Jim, William, Jack, Jeani, Dorothy:
Kimberly and I were heartbroken to learn of Andrew’s passing. We are here for you and we love you all. We pray that you will find peace and comfort that only our Savior can provide.
Jeani, my heart goes out to you and your family. I love you. I’m praying for God to surround you with His healing arms of peace.
My daughter was a friend of Andrew at aTm who went on the trip. She thought the world of your son and loved getting to know him this year. He and the rest of your family are in our prayers.
I am so heartbroken over this. I remember Andrew sitting with William and me way back in Children’s Chapel at Trinity. I so enjoyed watching Andrew become an amazing young man with an incredible heart. The bond between William, Andrew, and Jack was so strong and everyone could see it. William and Jack will forever have their guardian angel. Until we see you again, Andrew!🤍
Jeani, William, Jack, and James,
I wish there were words to comfort you in this tragic time. However I know there are none. Please know we are in prayer for all of you and we are completely heartbroken with you.
Greg, Monique, Peyton and Parker Lumpkin
We were devastated to hear of Andrew’s passing. Our hearts are breaking for y’all. He is such an outstanding young man. We are praying for y’all!
Sincere condolences to your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.
My son is a DTD pledge and met Andrew this semester at A&M. We are heartbroken for his family and pray for peace and comfort.
Jeani my heart is with you. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I love you and will forever stand by you!!
So sorry to hear about the passing of Andrew. Psalm 34:18 💛
Jeanie, our heart is aching with yours . Please know that we are here for you and that all our prayers are for Andrew and your family! Love you my dear sister!!!
Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time.
Andrew was one of the most genuinely kind humans I’ve had the privilege to know. Our family is just devastated. He will be missed terribly.
I am so sad to hear this Jeanie. My heart goes out to you. Prayers for your family.
Jeani- I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family
So very, very sorry Jeani to you and your beautiful family. Andrew is with you today and always. Love to you all.
Andrew has been in my prayers all week. He was a gifted student and athlete and I enjoyed getting to know him. My prayers are with your family.
Dear Dorothy and family,
There are no words, just sincere sympathy and love to you and yours.
Jim, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I know Andrew was an exceptional young man. My prayers are with you and your family.
I did not know Andrew personally but have always known of him through small talk from Chrisa, my daughter in law and her sister Emily who dearly loved him and his brother . This obituary has brought his talents and highlighted his life making such an awe moment of such an accomplished individual at such a young age which will surely be our loss. May he rest in peace! Paula Atkins
We are so very sorry over the loss of Andrew. Our hearts are broken for you & your family, but please know we are covering you & your family in our thoughts & prayers. My son, Jackson, was a fraternity brother with Andrew. He spoke highly of him and I know how much he will be missed by all of his Delt brothers!! His legacy will stand forever 💜🙏🏻💛
Andrew was a great friend all through our years together at All Saints and into Kelly as well! He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with your family. May Andrew rest in peace 🕊️🤍
What a beautiful tribute to Andrew. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, but he sounds like an exceptional young man, and I know he will be greatly missed. My heart aches for his family and friends who are in my thoughts and prayers.