John Henry Jr was born May 6, 1932 in Switzer- Logan Co, West Virginia to Ora McCloud and John Henry. John transitioned in his home on June 28, 2020.
He was a 1949 graduate of Aracoma High School. He was a prolific baseball player and was a member of the Omar Junior Mercantile Giants Baseball Team. When he graduated high school, he joined the United States Air Force. In the USAF John excelled as an air traffic controller. He served with the1944th AACS Sq Furstenfeld Bruck AB Germany where he received the Occupational Medal and National Defense Medal. In fact, when his obligation was complete, he was offered a promotion to remain enlisted, but he declined. He received an honorable discharge in 1955.
He then moved to Anderson, where he continued to excel in his professional endeavors. He successfully completed an electrician apprenticeship in June 1963 and was the first black man to be a foreman at Delco Remy. John successfully completed the requirements of the training program Fundamentals of Electricity & Electronics conducted by General Motors Institute in June 1964.
He continued to develop his skills as an electrician rising through the ranks of foreman and supervisor to eventually becoming a superintendent. Along the way, he was named the Anderson Urban League Man of the Year in 1965. He attended and graduated from Ball State University, where he majored in Business Administration in 1974. In 1975 he obtained his Real Estate Broker license.
John loved to travel, and once retired he visited numerous countries on 6 continents.
He is survived by his children Michelle R. Henry Davis, Teresa L. Williams, Scott E. Henry, and Marquis L. Henry. He is survived also by his brother Willie Jordan along with and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren a host of nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his son, Michael R. Henry, mother, Ora McCloud (Roland) Jordan, brothers Donnie Jordan, Bobby Jordan, sisters Lola (Bea) May and Rosa Clay. John will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Services will be held Monday, July 6th at 12:30pm, visitation will begin at 11:30. Pastor James Morehead will be officiating. Internment will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Services entrusted L.C. May Funeral Services.
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