James Vester “J.V.” Henry passed from this life on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at approximately 11 p.m. at his home in South Fulton.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
He was 87 years old, having lived a full and productive life with lots of love, family, faith and good works.
He was born in Rock Creek, Ala., in the winter of 1931 on Dec. 22, the fourth of seven children to the late Elbert Clifton and Reba Taylor Henry. He grew up in Tuscumbia, Ala.
He then entered the U.S. Army and was a medical assistant, serving his country in Germany. He returned home and married Jean Wall and they started their life in Memphis before moving to South Fulton where they have resided for the past 56 years.
They have three children, Sharon (Bill) Perring of Guthrie, Okla., Stephen Henry of Nashville and Dianne (Kerry) Roberts of Springfield. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda) Perring, Tyler Perring, Erin Perring, Kaitlyn (John) Frizzell, Evan Roberts, Nora Roberts and Davis Roberts; and one great-grandchild, Ainsley Perring.
He is also survived by three sisters, Marilyn Henry, Janice Dugger and Joicelyn (David) Gregory, all of Nashville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the Church of Christ, having served as song leader, teacher, deacon and elder. He installed flooring for many years for the former S.P. Moore Company in South Fulton. He was a great public servant, having served the City of South Fulton first as a councilman, vice mayor, mayor and finally, city manager during the 1980s and 1990s. He also served on the Weakley County Electric board of directors.
He was a caring individual who took his walk with Jesus very seriously and always strove to live out faith in his life. He leaves an indelible mark on his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three older brothers, Clifton, Nelson and Elbert.
Online tributes may be left at www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com.