Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a loving
husband, dedicated father, doting grandfather, distinguished educator,
and committed servant to humankind, Mr. William ``W.T.'' Thomas Henry.
Sadly, W.T. passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019. His funeral will
be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church in Albany, Georgia. He leaves behind a host of family
and a legacy of service that will never be forgotten.
William ``W.T.'' Thomas Henry, Sr. was born on October 7, 1938, to
the union of the late Jeff and Ludie Gray Henry in Colquitt, Georgia.
He graduated from Miller County High school in 1956, where his athletic
prowess allowed him to letter in several sports. W.T. went on to attend
Young Harris College and Troy State University where he earned a
Bachelor's degree in Education. Never one to rest on his laurels, he
went on to earn Master's degrees in Physical Education and
Administration Supervision from Florida State University.
W.T. found his true calling and purpose in life by working with our
most precious resource, young people. His prodigious career in
education spanned 46 remarkable years in both public and private
schools. W.T. positively impacted the lives of students at Arlington
High School, Damascus High School, Miller County High School, and
Albany Junior High School. He taught math and coached basketball,
track, football, and basketball. W.T. taught his athletes how to be
successful on the courts and athletic fields, but more importantly he
taught them skills that would help them to succeed in the game of life.
W.T. left the classroom and the athletic fields to conquer his next
challenge, School Administration. He became the principal of Miller
County High School and blazed the trail for others by becoming the
founding headmaster of Southwest Georgia Academy in 1970.
He left his true love for a short time and worked in the peanut
industry. But, he quickly realized this endeavor was not for him and
returned to education. He moved to Albany, Georgia and became the Lower
School Director for Deerfield-Windsor School. Because he excelled in
this position, he became the Headmaster of Deerfield-Windsor School,
retiring after 20 years of extraordinary service in 2009.
His tentacles of service stretched far beyond the schools at which he
served with distinction. He was a former President of the Georgia
Independent Schools and he also served on the Georgia State Board of
Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the
Georgia Accrediting Commission.
Most importantly, W.T. was a man of God and was guided by his faith.
He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church and
served on its Board of Directors.
W.T. loved his family and instilled in them the values of faith in
God, hard work, and a commitment to serving their fellow man. He had an
infectious personality and never met a stranger. He had a special gift
of saying the right thing to someone who was in distress at just the
right time.
W.T. Henry was a great man and accomplished many things in his life,
but none of these things would have been possible without the love and
support of his family. His legacy lives on through his wife, Ruth; his
children, Lea, Bo, and Kristin; his grandchildren, and all of those
whose lives he touched.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 constituents of the Second
Congressional District of Georgia in saluting and honoring the life of
Mr. William ``W.T.'' Thomas Henry for his commitment to young people
and humankind and in extending our deepest condolences to Mr. Henry's
family during this difficult time of bereavement. We pray that they
will be consoled and comforted by an abiding faith and the Holy Spirit
in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
116th Congress