Jeanette, 79, died today (Feb. 4) within the morning hours hours in Orlando, Fla.; Kathryn, 100, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, in Nashville.
Jim Henry had been president for the Southern Baptist Convention from 1994-1996; pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando from 1977 until their retirement in 2006, or exactly just what he called his “redeployment”; and pastor of Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando from 2015 until recently.
Jeanette Henry had been honored because of the Southern Baptist Ministers’ spouses Conference throughout the 2002 SBC annual conference in St. Louis, getting the Willie Turner Dawson Award for “distinct denominational share beyond the area church.”
An endowment in her name was announced to assist pastors’ wives in attending the Florida Baptist State Convention’s annual meeting in a March 2006 celebration honoring the 28 years she and Jim served at First Baptist Orlando.
Henry, in the 2006 your your your retirement from First Baptist Orlando, cited two reasons. One, he desired to save money time with Jeanette that has faced health conditions in modern times.
“she actually is been a fantastic trooper. I would like to offer her just exactly what she therefore richly deserves,” Henry said.
Two, Henry stated he don’t like to remain during the church “until I happened to be therefore exhausted and spent that we had nothing kept to offer returning to the new generation of leadership.”
Steve Smith, whom served as First Baptist’s communications pastor from 1994-2007, stated Jeanette Henry had been “one of the very most gracious women i have understood, and she possessed a good love of life. Though a consummate lady that is southern Kentucky, she had been also a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ individual. She did not mince terms. She liked and supported Jim’s ministry as a passionate mother and wife for their kiddies and grandchildren.”
Smith, now communications minister during the Nashville-area Brentwood Baptist Church, recounted “the privilege of creating a video clip of Jim’s and Jeanette’s life tale included in Jim’s ‘redeployment’ from First Baptist Orlando. That experience supplied me personally a look that is intimate their lives and their loved ones. Their devotion one to the other through the tougher times plus in the very best of times had been therefore obvious.
“That movie project additionally included planing a trip to Nashville to interview Jim’s valuable mom, Kathryn,” Smith stated. “At that point, she might have been about 87 yrs . old and ended up being nevertheless residing alone in her very own own mail order wife movie house, maybe maybe not definately not the Opryland resort where she had worked in a retail shop well into her eighties. It had been obvious where Jim Henry had gotten their good genes, while he, now in the 80s, is a photo of health insurance and vigor.”
Along with her spouse, Jeanette Henry is survived by three young ones, Kate Campbell, Betsy de Armas and Jim; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Kathryn Henry, relating to a family group obituary, had been an indigenous of Robertson County, Tenn., whom accepted Jesus as her individual Savior at age 9 “and had the initial joy to be baptized along with her father” at Hopewell Baptist Church.
In church, she worked in Sunday class with pupils and had been a church assistant at First Baptist in Nashville and Eastland and Dalewood Baptist churches.
The funeral solution for Jeanette Henry is going to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, within the worship center of First Baptist Orlando, accompanied by a reception. Visitation are going to be from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15, at First Baptist’s Henry Chapel friday.
The family has requested gifts to the First Academy student scholarship fund at First Baptist; the Jeanette Henry Ministers Wives Endowment Fund care of the First Orlando Foundation; and the Henry-Sturgeon Presidential Scholarship at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, Calif in lieu of flowers.
The funeral solution for Kathryn Henry will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the beginning Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. Visitation will likely to be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.
Instead of flowers gifts that are memorial Kathryn Henry may be designed to the Henry-Sturgeon Presidential Scholarship at Gateway Seminary and also the missions ministry in the beginning Baptist Church in Hendersonville.