Farewell to the “Boss” (a daring, frank and sassy sister). Misty Lynn Spriggs Henry, 43, of Hagerstown, was called to fame on November 15, 2021, with her husband, mother, children, sister and a host of family and friends by her bedside.
She was born January 18, 1978 at Fulton County Medical Center, daughter of Melissa Burke.
She was educated at the Central Fulton Public School System and went on to earn her cosmetology degree from Empire Beauty School, an associate degree in applied science in human services, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Well -being of childhood and family. . She received the two degrees from Kaplan University where she obtained the highest honors, summa cum laude and magna cum laude.
Immediately after high school, she was employed at Citicorp in Hagerstown, as a customer service representative in the fraud division. She was also a Consumer Services Representative for the Cash Advance Customer Service Department in Chambersburg, and then worked for the Fathers Initiative Project at the Fulton County Center for Families in McConnellsburg. On December 8, 2007, she married the love of her life, Jason Henry, who was a career military officer. The couple renewed their vows on September 3, 2016. She was proud to be a military bride and has remained steadfast and unwavering throughout each deployment. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army for her selfless, faithful and dedicated service as a wife.
She was a “boss”. She was bold and beautiful; not pretentious at all, if she believed it, she said it. She set her goals and achieved them. She was independent and fierce. So fierce that she demanded that her middle name Lynn be used as well. She was a glamorous girl whose intellect matched her creativity. She was always immaculately dressed from head to toe, and her hair and makeup were always immaculate. She had done it!
She had a big heart and arms that were always open and ready to help others. He was someone who dreamed big, who was stubborn and persistent. She was never satisfied with the status quo, on the contrary, she was ambitious, innovative, determined and above all loyal. As a member of the Bethel Cito African Methodist Church, she served in the Missionary Society and was co-chair of the Youth Division’s Halo group, which is designed to empower young women. She was involved in all facets of the church. Every Sunday, even though her body was torn with pain, she testified of her love for God. Everyone who has encountered this powerful woman of God has been changed by the spirit of love and compassion that she displayed. Although she loved her family and her people, her greatest love was the love she had for God. During her illness, she requested that the church be celebrated in her home; even though she was fighting for her life, she constantly prayed for others who were going through traumatic experiences. Her favorite gospel song was “Dancing in the Sky”, and now that’s exactly what she’s doing!
She dances with her family members who came before her. They are his grandmother, Elizabeth Spriggs; aunts: Betty Harris, Mary Jackson and Donna Bracey; uncles: James Spriggs and Bishop Norman Spriggs.
She is survived by her mother, Melissa Burke; husband Jason Henry; Tony Spriggs (deputy father); children: Jayden Kies and Jayla Henry, all of McConnellsburg, brothers: Anthony Spriggs of Harrisburg and Matthew Spriggs of New York; one sister, Shnella Burke and brothers-in-law James Coppetta of Pittsburgh and Mike Collins of Texas. Uncles: Jack Spriggs Sr., and Eugene Spriggs, both of Harrisburg; Frank Spriggs of Chambersburg; and Kenneth Spriggs of McConnellsburg; surviving aunts: Barbara Watson and Janet Spriggs, both of Harrisburg; niece and nephews Zanaya Coppetta, Dresden Coppetta and Ezra Coppetta of Pittsburgh; a host of cousins, family and friends too many to list except for Teresa Wright, who is one of those cousins who went above and beyond to show her love by traveling regularly from Harrisburg to McConnellsburg just to hold Misty’s hand. Another loyal cousin was Tyeisha Spriggs who drove her to and from radiation therapy appointments. Also include Shanda Jefferson, who stayed the course with her “Cuz” as a confidante and supporter, and Mindy Graham, a friend who has shown her love for Misty in good times and bad, in the sun and the rain. Special mention must also go to the Cito Heirs of Bethel Missionary who have responded to their call and have stood firm and steadfast with their sister missionary.
A light shines brighter in the sky today because on November 15, 2021, God opened the doors to heaven and let the patroness, Misty Lynn Spriggs-Henry, step into glory. I can only imagine the smile on her face when she met her savior and he said: No more crying at night, No more sickness in her body. Your storm is over now! She is dearly missed by all who love her.
The return home service will be on Friday November 26, 2021 at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. Services will begin at 1:00 p.m., with the celebration immediately following. Reverend Diane L. Jefferson, pastor of Bethel Cito African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the celebrant assisted by Reverend Derrick Brown, pastor of St. Peters AME Church, Shippensburg.
Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com.