Gerald Henry departed this earth and was united with Christ on Sept. 17, 2011 at his home in Mathiston.
He was 80 years old. He was a devoted husband of 59 years and a loving father and grandfather.
During his lifetime he served in United States Air Force and was honorably discharged Sept. 27, 1955 after four years active service and honorably discharged from the Air National Guard of Tennessee and USAF Reserve on Sept. 10, 1961.
While living in Memphis, Tenn., he continued working at Shaw AFB with the Civil Service until the fall of 1962 when he transferred to the US Postal Service in Mathiston. He worked as a Rural Letter Carrier until he retired from the Post Office in November 1990.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Mathiston and was ordained as a deacon June 16, 1968.
Earlier in life, he was an avid quail hunter and was a part of a Memphis bowling league. In his spare time he loved working outside gardening, occasional woodworking, and taking care of the yard.
He was a little league baseball coach, cattle farmer, and hunter. In his later years spending time with family, collecting antiques and his Volkswagon bug became his passion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin O. Henry and Clarice Breland Henry; and sister, Frankie Sue Grisham.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Henry of Mathiston; son, Doran Henry (Melesia) of West Point; brother, Ralph A. Henry of Philadelphia; and one grandchild, Kristen Henry of West Point
Visitation for Mr. Henry was Monday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Mathiston. Services will be conducted by Rev. Wade Stevens, Rev. Eugene Dobbs and Rev. Doran Henry. Burial will follow in Fellowship Baptist Cemetery in Mathiston.
Pallbearers are Danny Reed, Thomas Breland, Brad Pinnix, Chris Pinnix, Joel Henry and Tommy Peacock.
Honorary pallbearers include John Gilliland, Jake Perkins, Carlton Rowlen, Steve Grisham, Scott Grisham, Glenn Reed, Todd Henry, Kreg Henry, Shawn Henry, Phil Pinnix, Barney Pinnix and Barry Pinnix.
Memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery fund.
You can go online and sign the guest register at http;//www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.