Henry Ward Oxendine was born on September 4, 1940 and departed this earth for his heavenly home on Thursday, November 19, 2020. During his journey, he was an Air Force Veteran, a school teacher, and an Attorney. He served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, on the North Carolina Parole Commission as well as being an Assistant District Attorney for Robeson County. He was also a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. He was a man of many titles but none greater than a child of God. He was a Christian.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lockey Haywood and Nancy Caroline Oxendine; one sister, Veola Locklear; six brothers, Roosevelt Oxendine, John Hugh Oxendine, Russell Oxendine, Grady Oxendine, Rev. Grover Oxendine, and Roy Oxendine all of Pembroke. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sandra Ransom Oxendine; two sons, Hampton Wayne Oxendine (Mary Ellen) of Fayetteville and Hughes Wendell Oxendine (Sue Ann) of Pembroke; five grandchildren, Hunter Winston Oxendine, Spencer William Oxendine , Anna Elizabeth Oxendine, Catherine Noel Oxendine and Grace Caroline Oxendine; one brother, Rev. Alonzo Oxendine as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Henry was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Pembroke and a member of the Jaycees, the Kiwanis and more recently the Gideons. He was also a Judge for the Lumbee Tribe. He was very proud of the fact that he once saw Queen Elizabeth while serving in the Air Force stationed in Canada. He was an avid Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune watcher. Henry loved his newspaper and he loved to travel visiting every state but Hawaii. He was an active member of the North Carolina Bar and believed in the rule of law. He loved old time gospel music. He was affectionately known as Henry, Daddy, Hehe, Grandpa, and Uncle Henry Ward. He will be laid to rest within two miles of where he was born and very close to his parents, brothers and sister. He deeply loved his family and was a pioneer for his Lumbee people. He received the opportunity to open doors for his people and he took it and was proud of it. We are fortunate today to be living in a time when there are many Lumbee doctors, lawyers, dentists, judges, teachers and professionals of all sorts but it was not always so. It began with a handful and Henry Oxendine was one of them.
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