Henry, Jack W.

Active In Chattanooga's Industrial Scene, Played In Chattanooga Symphony For Many Years

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Jack W. Henry, of Signal Mountain, retired secretary and board member of the former Cavalier Corporation, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at Erlanger hospital.

He was a member of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Henry joined Cavalier Corporation, Chattanooga’s oldest manufacturing plant, in 1939, was appointed personnel manager and office manager in 1956, and was elected corporate secretary and member of the board of directors in 1959. He retired Oct. 1, 1983.

A native of Chattanooga, Mr. Henry was the son of the late Laura Ida Smith and John William Henry. He was graduated from Chattanooga High School and attended the University of Chattanooga.

He was active in the Tennessee Industrial Personnel Conference, serving as state chairman in 1977 and president of the Chattanooga Industrial Club in 1964-65.

He was named recipient of the prestigious James House Williamson Award given annually by The University of Tennessee to a Tennessean who is considered to have made "significant contributions in the field of industrial personnel management." He served as chairman of the Mayor's Industrial and Vocational Training Advisory Committee and as a member of committees of the Tennessee Manufacturing Association and the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Henry was also a former member of the Southern Industrial Relations Conference, Social Services Advisory Council for the Tennessee Department of Public Welfare, University of Chattanooga Alumni Council, Brainerd Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge, Chattanooga Musical Society, and the boards of directors of Family Service Agency, Families, Inc., Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, Senior Neighbors, and the Half Century Club, serving for many years as chairman of its Sunshine Committee.

He participated in fund-raising activities of the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Allied Arts, Chattanooga Venture Task Force on Family Violence, and Signal Mountain Public Library.

Long active in music circles he played in the Elks Junior Band, Chattanooga High School and University of Chattanooga bands, local dance bands, and the 181 st Field Artillery Band in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.

He began playing trombone with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in 1924 and played for 30 years under five conductors. He served as personnel manager of the orchestra as a player and subsequently as vice president for personnel on the board of directors of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association for 13 years.

Following his retirement he was an instrumentalist and president of the Senior Neighbors Orchestra. He also sang in the First Presbyterian Choir for many years. He was a member of Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club since 1966.

Mr. Henry was married in 1946 to Madge Marie Cooper, a native Chattanoogan. He was widowed in 1974 and was married in 1975 to Eugenia Franklin Dobson of Chattanooga, formerly of Newport and Knoxville.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Laura Cooper Buchanan.

He is survived by his wife, Genie Henry; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mike Buchanan, Atlanta; stepsons Charles A. (Pam) Dobson III, Greensboro, GA, Steven F. (Eleanor) Dobson, Signal Mountain; granddaughters, Alyce B. (Steve) Manown, Birmingham, AL, Christie Dobson, Asheville, NC; Elizabeth D. (Toby) Myers, Chattanooga, Allison D.(Shane) Roberson, Signal Mountain, and Catherine Dobson, Signal Mountain; great-grandchildren Riggs Manown, Birmingham, Ellie Myers, Chattanooga; Piper Roberson and Baylee Roberson, Signal Mountain.

The memorial service will be on Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church with visitation to follow. Dr. William E. Dudley will officiate. Committal by the family will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Boulevard, Signal Mountain, TN 37377; to Partnership For Families, Children and Adults, 1880 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404; or to a favorite charity.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

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