The Henson Family
Jodie and Ashley Henson have lived in Paulding their entire lives. Ashley’s dad came to Dallas in the mid-1960s from Tennessee, and has lived here ever since. On Jodie’s side, she and Ashley’s sons are 8th generation Paulding Countians. They feel fortunate to live on family land, and together they enjoy taking care of the land and cattle that reside on the family farm.
Jodie and Ashley knew each other from growing up in the same small town, but got to know each other better when they went on her family’s trip to Yellowstone National Park. (Jodie’s cousin was Ashley’s best friend) With a little help from her Aunt Laura (Carruth), they started talking then shared their first kiss in front of ‘Old Faithful,’ the famous geyser.
They have been married 17 years and have two sons. Asher is 12 and loves hunting, fishing, and riding his dirt bike and four-wheelers. Breck is 11 years old and loves playing baseball and riding his Polaris RZR side by side. In 2018, Jodie and Ashley took the boys back to Yellowstone and recreated their first kiss. Ashley says, “This time, we were a little older, a little grayer, and with our two boys. It was pretty cool to go back 20 years later.”
Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Master of Arts in Sociology (Criminology) from the University of West Georgia. He has worked with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office since September 2002, and served in the Jail Division, Uniform Patrol Division, and the K-9 Unit. He is currently the Public Information Officer and SWAT Sniper Team Leader. Ashley is involved in many community events and organizations. A few areas of his service include Drug Free Paulding, PC United Way, CareLink of NW Ga, AND he is the Paulding Chamber 2019 Horizon Award Winner. He loves serving in our community and has high aspirations at the Sheriff’s Office.
Jodie has been employed with the Paulding County School District for 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Education, and a Specialist of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia; and a Specialist of Education in Leadership and Administration from Berry College. She taught 1st grade for four years, then stayed home with their sons until they were school age. She went back to work and has been teaching 4th grade at Abney Elementary School for seven years. Last year, she became the Evaluation and Assessment Coordinator for the school. Jodie loves her job and aspires to be a principal one day.
The Christmas Season is a favorite and busy time of year for the Henson family. They have several Christmas traditions which includes a couple of mischievous little elves (Jolly and Jingle) who will not stay on the shelf, Christmas Eve church services, the reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the poem Annie and Willie’s Prayer by Sophia P. Snow, and a Christmas day full of fun with Jodie and Ashley’s family, which cannot be had unless Asher and Breck wake up their parents before seeing their gifts from Santa.
Ashley and Jodie enjoy family time with their boys. They are members of Dallas First United Methodist Church, and Ashley helps coach Breck’s 12U baseball team at New Hope Ballfield. Also, this is a favorite time of year for the four of them. They love skiing and snowboarding as a family. Each winter break, they head to ski slopes in the Rocky Mountains. In fact, they’ve planned a skiing trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming later this season.
Christmas is a blessed time of year for all of us to remember God’s gift of His son, our Savior Jesus Christ. For some, getting together may be a little different this year, but with God and love all things are possible.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
May you all have a blessed and healthy, Merry Christmas!
**Many thanks to Perry Deweese of Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm in Powder Springs. www.sleepyhollowtrees.com