2019-02-06 / Obituaries

W.T. Henry

Retired

William Thomas “W.T.” Henry died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Henry was born in Colquitt, Ga., to the late Jeff and Ludie Gray Henry. He graduated from Miller County High School in 1956, where he lettered in all sports. He attended Young Harris College and Troy State University on basketball scholarships where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education. He earned masters degrees in physical education and administration supervision from Florida State University.

W.T.’s true passion and calling was working with young people. His career in education spanned 46 years in both public and private schools. He taught math and coached basketball, baseball, track and football at Arlington High School, Damascus High School, Miller County High School and Albany Junior High School. He then became principal of Miller County High School, then became the founding headmaster of Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus in 1970.

For a short time he ventured outside education and worked in the peanut industry. Realizing he was a fish out of water, he moved his family to Albany to become the DWS Lower School Director, giving him the opportunity to re-enter his love for education. After two years he became the headmaster of Deerfield-Windsor School from which he retired after 20 years.

Since that time, he could be found greeting customers and wiping tables at Harvest Moon, playing with his grandchildren, and standing on the sidelines at any activity in which they chose to participate.

A former President of the Georgia Independent Schools Association, W.T. also served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Georgia Accrediting Commission, and was on the State Board of Education and other boards, including First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Everson Henry; children Lea H. and Greg Manning, Bo and Kate Henry, and Kristin H. and Adam Culpepper; grandsons Caughey and Henry Culpepper and Hank and Sam Henry; brother and sister-in-law Ferrell and Arleeta Henry; mother-in-law Martha Everson.

A Celebration of Life was held Jan. 31 at First United Methodist Church in Albany followed by a visitation in the W. T. Henry Gym at Deerfield- Windsor School.

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