Mr. James Henry passed away on January 24, 2022, at the home of his daughter, Janice Wilson, in Eastover, SC, after a long struggle with various illnesses. James was born April 8, 1932, in Saint Thomas, British Virgin Islands. James was the son of the late Gladys Amelia Crabbe Henry and James Elias Henry.
During his teenage years, James moved to New York City, where he met and later married the love of his life, the late Louvenia Jones Henry, on March 26, 1955. From that union, two children were born: Janice Maria Henry-Wilson, and the late Dr. Steven Alonzo Henry. James and Louvenia moved to Columbia, SC in 1973.
James was an active member of Good Neighbor Church in Manhattan, NY, prior to moving to Columbia, SC and joining Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, in Columbia, SC. Over the years, he was involved in the following ministries at Northminster: Usher Board, Presbyterian Men, March of Dimes, Board of Deacons, Vacation Bible School, assisted with preparing the church bulletins, Bible Study, Presbyterian Women, the church clean up group, and preparing communion.
In the neighborhood, he was a founding organizer and member of the Trenholm Acres Neighborhood Association for over 31 years. The Association handed out awards for "The Yard of the Month", did neighborhood clean-up, worked with newly released inmates, as they helped clean the neighborhood, did neighborhood watch, and helped plan yearly Christmas parties with the neighborhood police.
James is survived by his loving daughter, Janice Maria Henry-Wilson; his son-in-law, Phillip Wilson; his grandson, Dimetrius Henry Wilson; his sitter, Janie Robinson; his daughter-in-law, Dr. Joyce Harp Henry; three sister-in-laws: Virginia Washington, Eva Thomas, and Reather Hemingway Jones; three brother-in-laws: James Jones (Dorothy), Sam Jones (Debra) and Saul Jones (Gwen); adopted granddaughter, Kailin Harris Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. James was predeceased by his two sons, Dr. Steven Alonzo Henry, and Ricardo Henry; and his brothers, Zeke Henry; Elias Henry and, John Henry.
A Graveside Service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC. To view the service via TribuCast, please click here or access the following url: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/7055504046 . A visitation is being held from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC.