Terry Allen Henry AKA (Big Hen) was born on November 4, 1964 to the late James Henry Sr., better known as "Big Daddy" and Margaret Elaine Henry, affectionately known as "Granny Laney" in Marion, North Carolina. He departed this life and transitioned to his heavenly home on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, Virginia.
He was educated for his primary years in the McDowell County School System and attended McDowell County High School graduating in 1984. Playing football in high school was his passion. He was known as a beast on the football field. After high school, Terry was employed with Collins and Aikman, Concrete Finisher, and Hooper Construction, with his father and Albany Industries. In Galax, he worked for Cardinal Stone and Mohawk Industries until his health declined.
Terry made his home in Galax for 20 years with his wife Pandoria until his untimely passing. To know Terry was to love him because there were many layers to him. First, and foremost he had a loving spirit, and an uncanny ability to make friends with everyone who crossed his path. Terry was extremely loved both in Marion and in Galax, VA. He could strike up a conversation with a stranger and before you knew it they became fishing buddies. His family meant the world to him and loved them so very much.
Terry always had a story to tell. Everyone here today has heard a story that Terry has shared with them. He could draw you in with his knack of being so animated, and a jokester. Being kind to everyone and generous was a part of his personality. Now, another layer to Terry is he was an excellent cook and he loved to cook. He would have some of the best fish fries and cookouts anyone could go to. He would feed the whole neighborhood if need be and loved it. Cooking for people and making sure you had what you needed was always something that he got joy from. He knew how to be an amazing host.
Besides being an excellent cook and feeding people, he loved to eat. Eating was one of his favorite things to do along with fishing. Many times he would call you and ask you, "What are you cooking?" or let's go eat! Everyone in the family always knew when they heard the pots rattling who was messing in the kitchen, Terry always had to be the first one in the pots.
Now, we all know that Terry could be very stubborn and once his mind was made up he was sticking to his decision and you couldn't change it. Working with his hands was something that seemed to come naturally to Terry. He was a true handyman, a "Jack of all Trades." He could fix anything.
Terry loved God wholeheartedly. He didn't mind praising God. He joined Mt.Zion Holiness Church of God under the pastorship of the late Benjamin Brogon, Sr. At Mt.Zion whatever his hands found to do; he did it. No job was too big or too small for him. When the church needed him to drive a car or a van to help transport the church members or choir members to service out of town he would gladly do so. Serving in the kitchen was something he enjoyed too.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Pandoria Henry, Galax, VA, two children, daughter-Karman Henry, (Old Fort, NC), son-Nathan Beatty, (Marion, NC), nine siblings-Zondra Yvette Henry, James Henry Jr.,(Marion, NC), Debra (Bennett) Connelly(Hickory, NC), Karen Henry, (Marion, NC), Crystal Henry (Lawrenceville, GA), Andrea (Tim) Wimbush,( Pelham, Al.), Leslie Miller,( Forrest City, NC), Camille Henry, (Marion, NC), and Amy (Jermaine) Berry, (Morganton, NC) four grandchildren-Jayden Daniels, Rhiana Daniels, Kamari Ledbetter, and Rhain Brown, three aunts-Elsie Logan, Jean Conley, Annette Carson, one uncle-James Conley, three brother-n-laws-Chris (Margaret) Saunders, Matt (Michelle) Brown, Clarence Brown Jr., two sister-n-laws, Lisa Brown, and Kecia Brown, god-daughter, Zayah Kyle, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in the chapel of Beam Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. The family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.
Interment will take place following the service at The McDowell Cemetery.