James (Jim) Henry Jr., 72, of Haw River, formerly of Stockbridge, GA, passed away at Peak Resources in Graham, NC on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
There will be two Memorial Services held, one in North Carolina and one in Georgia.
At 11 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2021, there will be a service at Crosslink Community Church, 3445 Old Hillsborough Road, Mebane 27302. Extremely strict social distancing is required for those attending due to autoimmune compromised health of their son with CF, double lung transplant. The service will be live streamed for those who wish to view on-line. A service will also be held Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 PM at North Henry Baptist Church, 1093 Rock Road Stockbridge GA 30281. That service will also be live streamed.
Jim Henry, Jr. was the son of James and Mary Henry, born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1948. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eugenia Milner Henry, of Haw River, NC, formerly of Stockbridge GA. He is also survived by their children, Jim Henry, III, of Haw River, NC and Brian Morgan Henry of Athens, GA and his five siblings, Ann H. DeCoux of Tennessee; Robert W. Henry of Marietta, GA; Rachel “Peggy” H. Gordon of Dallas, GA; Catherine H. Johnson of Ola, GA; and Beth H. Phillips of Cairo, GA.; and by Hugh Morgan Milner of New Braunfels, Tx; Liz M. Bearden of Clayton, NC; and Evelyn M. Gilliland of Louisville, KY and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; One Uncle and Two Aunts and more than you can count 1st cousins and beyond, galore. He loved spending time with family and made time to be with them.
He grew up on his family’s home place on Gardner Road in north Henry County, GA. He attended Fairview Elementary School, Stockbridge; Jonesboro High School, in Clayton County GA and graduated in 1966 from Gordon High School in Decatur, GA. He was a graduate of Georgia Southern College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. He met Eugenia at Ga. Southern at the BSU and they were married in August 1969.
After college, Jim and Eugenia lived in the Decatur GA area several years, then in New Orleans, in the Metairie community a few years during part of his time with A.L. Williams Insurance Agency. They built their home in Stockbridge in 1986 next to his parents on Gardner Road, where they lived until 2017. He retired from Henry Financial Services in September 2013.
Jim was dedicated to serving the Lord, His Savior Jesus Christ as he lived his life day by day from the time he became a follower of Jesus at age 16. He lived a fine example of a servant leader both in his church and the community. In college he led the Baptist Student Union as President in 1968-1969. He led the singing at Gracewood Baptist Church while in college. After their marriage in 1969, they were active in Briarcliff Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon. He was active for over thirty years at North Henry Baptist Church in Stockbridge GA and was active as long as his health allowed in his new church home in NC, Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, NC. He loved to sing and broke into song on a regular basis, even after dementia began destroying his brain. He loved to read. Chess was one of favorite games. He was kind. He was compassionate and caring.
Jim knew the importance of being a responsible citizen. He was active in the Republican Party from his early twenties in both local, district and state level in both Dekalb and Henry county. He served the Henry County Republican Party in several capacities over the years and for a while as Chairman for several years in the 2000’s. He served actively in the 13th District on the Rules Committee. Later he was appointed Chairman of the Henry County Election Board as the Republican representative, serving for many years, during which he had tenure as Chairman of that Board from 2012-2016. He was active until 2016 when his health began to decline.
Following the Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis for their older child, he became a speaker for the Georgia Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help educate folks regarding how they could help cure CF.
He was Moderator of The Henry Baptist Association for several years, now known as The Southside Baptist Network, in McDonough, GA. At North Henry Baptist Church, he held many positions of leadership including serving as Chairman of the Deacons; Personnel Team; Academy Team Leader; Sunday School and Connection Group leader; led music between tenures of ministers of music and led choir; headed the Pastor Search Team in 1994 and 1999. He was a good leader and well respected. God gifted him well in those capacities.
He loved sharing God’s saving grace as a witness. He loved teaching the Bible and fellowshipping with fellow believers and helping one another to grow in the Lord.
Those who had the privilege of knowing him were blessed.
He is sorely missed on this earth. We rejoice he is not bound to his earthly body riddled by Type 1 Diabetes since 1968 and later Lewy Body Dementia since 2015.
He made many sacrifices as he was dedicated to caring for his aging parents and his wife and children and being a good sibling to his brother and sisters, Uncle to his nephews and nieces and friend to many. He taught us well how to love and serve.
Thank the Lord for this fine man!
Written by Eugenia Milner Henry, January 24, 2021
Arrangements entrust to Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service of Graham, NC.
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