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Adolph Vanheyningen

January 12, 1943 — November 3, 2021

Adolph VanHeyningen, 78, finished his race on November 3, 2021, after an arduous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 22 years and family, at home, as his unbroken spirit entered into well-deserved rest.

He was born on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on January 12, 1943, to Henrique VanHeyningen and Beulah George Monsanto. Adolph was raised in the home of his adopted father, Leon A. Monsanto, Sr., along with his other siblings. He attended Nisky Elementary and Charlotte Amalie High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm and was awarded many honors.
He represented the U.S. Army exceptionally, and wore his uniform with pride and dignity. You didn’t have to guess at one of his many positions, because his stance and posture told it all…”Drill Sergeant”. We often had to remind him, “Hey dad, we’re your kids. Change your hat!”

Adolph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a true born leader and mentor to many. To most he was “Sarge”, but to family he was “Daddy” “Pops”, “Poppi”, “Paw- Paw”, “Pop- Pop”, “Granddaddy”, “The General”, “Mr. Favor”, or all the above.

However, the best name of all was “Man of God”, right alongside of “the King”, which is what his wife, Gloria, often referred to him as. Likewise, for him, she was his “Queen”. He was an active and faithful member of Word of Life Christian Center International (WLCCI), where he tirelessly served his church and community. And we will all remember, these 4 words, that no matter how Adolph was feeling, when you asked him, “How are you doing?”, his response would always be “Blessed and highly favored”!

He was preceded in death by his late mother Beulah George Monsanto & father Henrique VanHeyningen andalso his late adopted father, Leon A. Monsanto, Sr.

To cherish his loving memory he leaves his wife, Gloria VanHeyningen; his daughters LaDonnys Biagas, Tanja Vanheyningen, Latonya King & Shanell Southall; his sons Alex, Armand & Arlando VanHeyningen, and their spouses. Brothers: Halva VanHeyningen Sr., Leon Monsanto, Gilbert, Keith aka “Buster”, Marvin Monsanto Sr., Valdemar Monsanto aka “Chubby”. Charles, Daniel & Roy VanHeyningen, and their spouses. Sisters: Beverly Monsanto, Lois Monsanto-Felix, Marie, Claire, Yvonne & Ethel VanHeyningen, Estela Alves - VanHeyningen, Shirley Pole- VanHeyningen & Anna Mollen - VanHeynnigen, and their spouses. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces & nephews.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Adolph VanHeyningens’ name to The Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, November 14, 2021

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Terrell Broady Funeral Home

144 Ewing Dr, Nashville, TN 37207

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Funeral Service

Monday, November 15, 2021

Starts at 11:00 pm (Central time)

Word of Life Christian Church

4100 Clarksville Hwy., Nashville, TN 37218

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