Officer Shartez

November 13, 1986 ~ April 6, 2021

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Shartez L. McHenry, devoted fiancé, sister, daughter, Police Officer and public servant, passed away on April 6, 2021 at the age of 34. Shartez was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on November 13, 1986. She was the daughter of Ricky Johnson and Sharon Lynn McHenry. Shartez graduated from Owensboro High School in Owensboro in 2004. She earned a degree from Daymar College before attending the Police Academy at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. She met her fiancé, Stephanie Creilson, January of 2015. Together, Shartez and Stephanie went through the process of getting into the Academy, and it was Stephanie’s support in teaching Shartez how to shoot that helped her pass qualifications for the Academy. She was the 463rd class to graduate on March 14, 2015, and from there, began her career with the Owensboro Police Department, proudly being issued Badge 342.

Shartez was never afraid to confront danger. For the next seven years she protected her family and community while working as an Owensboro Police Officer. She not only patrolled the streets, but willingly gave of her time and commitment to organizations, such as Girls Incorporated, the YMCA, Owensboro Parks, and Wendell Foster, to name a few. Shartez worked to positively influence many young girls in her life. She wasn’t only a police officer, no. When she wasn’t devoting her time to us, those who safely walk the streets because of her, she was a traveler, griller, animal lover and outdoors enthusiast. Affectionately known as “Titi” by her nephew, she enjoyed being in her yard, on her property, simply enjoying her space. Her and Stephanie spent many days planting flowers there. Her favorite flower was a tulip and her favorite trees, catalpa trees and willows; many will be planted in her honor and memory. She enjoyed the beach and frequented trips to St. Petersburg, Florida. It was there she witnessed the ocean for the first time. Simply put, it was love at first sight. An animal lover, Shartez’s “baby” was her dog, Abby. Grilling was a specialty of hers, and steaks and chicken wings frequented the menu. Of course, she enjoyed the company of her family right there in it all. She touched many hearts and saved many lives. Shartez was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Preceding Shartez in death are her grandparents, William and Shirley McHenry; an uncle, William McHenry, Jr. AKA June Bug; and Bobby Mason in 2018, who she loved as a father.

Aside from her parents, Shartez is survived by her fiancé, Stephanie Creilson; sister, Brittany McHenry; her nephew, Brentley; a cousin, who was more like a sister, Keyocko Joiner; and numerous friends and law enforcement brothers and sisters.

A Funeral Celebration for Officer Shartez McHenry will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021, 11:00 am in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory, 519 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301. While the general public is welcome to attend, attendance at the event is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, anyone interested in viewing the service is encouraged to watch the livestream at the official Haley McGinnis Facebook page. Please note the celebration will begin on the page promptly at 11:00 am on April 15th. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory, 519 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301, and 9:00 am until the time of the service Thursday at Haley McGinnis. Attendees will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing requirements while inside the funeral home. As a matter of security, please refrain from bringing bags inside the home. Mobile phones or any other small recording devices (to include audio) will not be permitted to be used inside the home.

Memorial Donations may be made in Shartez’s honor to help support her family by contributing to her memorial fund. Envelopes for Officer Shartez McHenry will be made available to all in attendance at the funeral home.

Please share your memories of Shartez and condolences with her family by signing the Tribute Wall. Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Officer Shartez L. McHenry.


Visitation: April 14, 2021 2:00 pm - April 14, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: April 15, 2021 9:00 am - April 15, 2021 11:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Celebration of Life: April 15, 2021 11:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Graveside Service: April 15, 2021 1:00 pm

Elmwood Cemetery
1300 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Many thoughts and prayers for her Family and the OPD family. RIP Officer Shartez McHenry.

  2. Such a beautiful person and friend. She made such a positive impact and difference in the lives of all those she came in contact with. Sending tons of love and prayers to her family.
    You will be greatly missed Tez!

  3. Tez, darling,

    I keep u forever with Ginuwine, dandelions, bball, and childhood memories with me, you, and Key… especially summer camp .. 3 musketeers 🖤 you’re amazing bebe Spread your wings and please wrap your love around the rest of us. Love you Siempre #dandelionsforever

  4. Oh sweet girl, I dont know where to begin! You were such a light for all that knew you or atleast encountered you for just a moment; From your contagious smile to your courageous stance you welcomed everyone. I will forever remember our basketball days, thank you for teaching me so much and believing in me- even when I didn’t believe in myself. You saw my potential and made the best player I could be for our team! May you rest in peace my friend, forever in our hearts, forever we will miss you!

  5. Love you cuz . Always look after the family and help guide us as we walk our journeys. Miss you 💙

  6. Tez,
    You were a beautiful soul with an amazing heart and contagious smile. We had many laughs together and I will remember all the fun we had. You will be missed deeply and I hope you have found some peace.

  7. Thank you for your service. May God hold your family close and give them comfort and peace.

  8. Prayers for her family, friends and all who knew her. Thank you for your service to our community.

  9. Thank you for your service and all you did for the youth of the community. You were a beautiful young lady inside and out. You will be missed by many, I only hope you can see just how many love you. My prayers go out to the blood and OPD family and friends. 🙏🏼

  10. Love you kiddo! Thanks for being a role model for all the little brown girls❤. Sending hugs, love and prayers to Ms. Sharon and Brittany.

  11. It is with my deepest sympathy to keep you all in my prayers. Shartez was not only one of my High School friends but also a friend in general. I am truly sorry for what we all are experienced right now and days to come. I remember her always balling down the court. She loved basketball, she loved being humorous and full of joy no matter who she was around. My heart goes out to all of the family as well as Ms. Sharon, Brittany and her son, as well as her beloved fiance Stephanie. R.I. H. SHARTEZ MCHENRY ALL OF YOUR OWENSBORO RED DEVIL FRIENDS AND FAMILY LOVE YOU, MISS YOU AND WILL FOREVER CHERISH YOU.

  12. McHenry family our love goes out to you all for your loss I remember when I first met Shartez I told she had such a beautiful smile our condolences for you we love you Britney.

  13. I was Shartez’s kindergarten teacher at Foust. I remember her as a sweet little girl. I grieve for the loss of Shartez. I pray for peace and comfort for her family.

  14. Go rest high sweet lady! Please keep watch over us.. My condolences to your family!
    Until we meet again 🖤💙🖤🙏🏻

  15. You will always be my one, great love. I will never forget your smile or your love. I will continue on with half of my heart, and leave you to carry the other half with you. Save me a spot next to you. Tell Abby that she was always the best girl and spoil her rotten. Until we meet again. Xoxo.

  16. I’m lighting a candle in remembrance of shartez. She was one person that always had a huge smile. RIH my beautiful friend

  17. So many memories of the little girl with pig tails at the Neblett Center with Grandma Shirley…every day and playing in the yard on 8th Street in Mechanicsville. Sweetest little girl with the sweetest smile. That sweet little girl grew into an adult with a heart of gold and that same sweet smile. Memories, Shartez, Keyoko, and Ray with Me. Shirley. Fly high Tez.

  18. Such a beautiful soul gone way too soon! I will always remember that smile of yours! I remember the last time I spoke to you which was when you came to a call I had made! Totally made my night a whole lot better! Fly high ❤

  19. Many thoughts and prayers for her family. Rest In Peace Shartez, your family in blue will take it from here

  20. Her memory lives on. In who she was
    In how she lived…
    In who you are because of her,
    Her Love is with you still.

  21. Oh shartez where do I start….i cant believe everything ive been hearing….you was so amazing….you accomplished so much….you lived your dream…i have your purple flowered head scarf you use to always put on when we was together….my favorite part of the day was leaning on the bathroom door while you wrapped your hair for the night….its hanging in my car…ill never forget you sweetie…

  22. Sharon my friend I can’t put into words as a Mother how much I hurt for You and Your Family – Please hold on tight to each other during this time. God be with you all. Your baby earned her wings here on earth. Rest in Heaven

    From: Vanessa / Ashley and Jonathan

  23. Tez,
    You were there for me when I needed you the most. I will always cherish our memories our friendship. You were such an incredible person. Love you forever my sweet friend until I see you again! I love you!
    Love always,

  24. Tez was a great friend to me through middle school and high school. Always making me laugh. I am so heartbroken to hear about this. Praying for the family. I’m so sorry.

  25. Thank you for your service and being a great role model for All girls. You sat such a good example of a honest, fair, understanding and compassionate officer. R.I.P

  26. Prayerz gng up for her family an friends that knew her prayers gng up for everyone she will be mssed

  27. Shartez was an inspiration to many young women such as myself. I had the privilege of doing a ride-along with Shartez shortly after she got out of the police academy and two things that really stood out to me the most was her infectious smile and her passion. I enjoyed listening to her stories that night and learning more about her. Shartez will be missed by many. My heart and prayers go out to you all.

  28. Prayers are with Officer McHenry and her Family, Friends,and her Coworkers. Whenever I had a problem at the Park, She would come out here and solve the problem. She was a nice lady. Rest in Peace, Ma’am.

  29. I first met Shartez when she was a DSP at Wendell Foster and I was the receptionist. I didn’t see her often or talk with her a lot, but I always thought she had a kind of quiet strength, and the people she cared for were very fortunate. When I learned she had become a police officer, I knew that quiet strength I saw would serve her well, and benefit our community.
    I was involved in a traffic accident in December, and was so pleased when the police officer arrived. It was Shartez, expressing that same quiet strength.
    I know her death is a great loss to her family. It is also a great loss to our community. Blessings, Officer McHenry.

  30. Dearest Sharon, my classmate, my friend. It’s with a heavy heart that i send my deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. Please take pride in knowing that you raised an amazing young woman who not only made you so very proud but all of us so proud of Shartez. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Rest in peace. May the angels of God surround you and see you into the beautiful gates of heaven. Until we see you again.

  32. Thank you for your service and dedication each and every single day you will definitely be missed

  33. I’m very sorry for your loss. Officer McHenry was a very nice person, and she made a difference in people’s lives. She deserves to be honored.

  34. So sorry for your loss in this time of grief. many prayers for family and friends.
    Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  35. I so sorry for your loss of a dear family member. May the family find comfort and strength in God’s love. Gone to soon.

  36. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” -Winnie the Pooh.

    I love you always!!!

  37. You are such an inspiration. I am thankful for your time with us here on this planet. We were all blessed by your life and I will always cherish your spirit. I will miss your smile most…and that side-eyed smirk you would always give me when I said something off the wall. I know you are with us now, forever.

    Rest in power! My condolences to your family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue.

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