Born 9-28-1927 -- Died 3-13-2006
Junior Gene Henry, died March 13, 2006, at St. John's Regional Medical Health Center in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 78.
He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Mountain View, Mo., the son of the late Roland and Mary Matilda Green Henry.
He was well known in the field of law enforcement. He served as a deputy in Texas County for several years and also served as chief of police for the city of Thayer for 12 years.
He was elected sheriff of Oregon County, serving a total of 16 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, proudly serving his country during World War II.
He was a member of Clifton Masonic Lodge 463, a member of the American Legion Charles Burkett Post 344 and the Langston-Vincent-Lunn VFW Post 7831. He was a member of the Sheriff's Association.
Survivors include seven children, Donna Henry of Thayer, Lorene King and husband, Jimmie of Summersville, Mo., Lonnie Henry and wife, Christy, of Raymondville, Mo., James Henry and wife, Janice, of Cassville, Mo., Thomas Henry and wife, Lana, of Neosho, Mo., Robert Henry and wife, Robin of Thayer, and Joseph Henry and wife, Donna, of Thayer; 37 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jay Henry of Mountain View, Mo.; one sister, Dorothy Matthews of Mountain View, Mo.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Amy; one son, Leon Junior Henry; one brother, Curtis Henry; and two sisters, Hester Hunter and Lorene Brotherton.
The funeral services were held March 16 at Thayer High School with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Mountain View, Mo. Bro. Max Welker officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.
Pallbearers included Norman Henry, James Henry, Buddy Rogers, Earl Rogers, Allen Deckard, Gary Barton, and Doug Fountaine.
Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Henry, Thomas Henry, Robert Henry and Joseph Henry.