Henry Clift Brent
Dec. 3, 1958 – Aug. 6, 2021
BRENT, Henry Clift. On August 6, 2021, Hank Brent passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Born on December 3, 1958, to Henry Oscar Brent, Jr and Nancy Clift Brent, Hank grew up in Mechanicsville. He graduated from Lee Davis High School in 1979 and was a member of the East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad for many years. He earned his Master Electrician License and went on to be the Owner of Brent Electric and Controls Inc. Hank married his best friend, Darlene Seal, and the two celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on September 13, 2020.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene; and their two children, Alexandria Smith and her husband Joshua Smith, Joshua Brent and his wife Anna Maria Brent. He is also survived by his eight beloved grandchildren, including Evan Smith, Oliver Smith, Noble Brent, Vivian Smith, Violet Smith, Theo Brent, Clementine Brent and Wesley Brent. Additional survivors include his parents, “Bobby” and Nancy Brent, his siblings, Ann Frame and Jimmy Brent and many, many nieces, nephews and their children.
Known to his Grandkids as “Zoom Zoom” Hank was a servant father and grandfather. He could fix anything and was happy to teach you. He always had a child in his lap because it was the place you felt most loved.
Hank loved Jesus and was blessed to be a blessing. He was active in outreach to underserved communities and disaster response missions here in the states as well as mission travels to Africa, The San Blas Islands off Panama, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkey. He volunteered and supported the Christian Music industry and Christian Radio, which he said gave him an encouraging connection to God throughout the day, at work and at home. He was a founding member of the Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry and volunteered with the Christian Motorcycle Association. He was a member of Mechanicsville Christian Center where he and Darlene served in the Marriage Matters Ministry.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 15th at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, at Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, 5351 Pole Green Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. There will be a Dessert reception immediately following the service. If you would like to contribute you can sign up here.
In Lieu of flowers, the family request that you consider a donation to the things that Hank loved and supported.
If you would like to donate to the AG Turkey Missions Donation Page for the Brent Family, please click here.
Or to make a donation to WPER, a listener supported Christian radio station he listened to every day and supported financially, please click here
Always a decent & caring person. Wish I could have gotten to know you better. Thanks for the time I got to meet & spend with you & Darlene.
We are truly sorry for your lost. We Jacobs Family is praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
I can’t remember the day I met Hank, but it was many years ago. I remember the times he’d be in Fredericksburg with his aunt and uncle and cousins. I have many fond memories of my friend. Sadly, our lives have changed since he left us, but oh the celebration they had in heaven when he got there. In later years our paths crossed less as we raised our families, but I never forgot you buddy. I’ll miss you, I know you’re watching over all of us. Love you Hank.
I didnt know him that well but the few interactions we had were always a blessing. He’s my ex-neighbor’s father and when he came to visit, I would always find him hanging on the porch. We shared some wonderful conversations and I knew he was an awesome, caring, God-filled man. I am glad for those momenta and the wisdom he shared with me. Blessings to his family.