Bobby Leroy Henry of Fayetteville, known as a long-time, tireless contributor to Lincoln County High School football, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2019) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was 87.
Bob, referred to as “Chief” by generations of Falcon players, was a supporter of the high school football team from the first year the Falcons took flight. He and his wife, Martha, were charter members of the Falcon Club.
For many years, Bob videotaped practices and games for the coaching staff and players to review, marked off the field and helped get the stadium ready by pressure washing the concrete stands. He often used a week’s vacation from his job at Redstone Arsenal to attend football camp and work the Falcon Rock Café.
He was honored in 2001 with the A.F. Bridges Award for “Contributor of the Year” for District 4. At that time, Bob had maintained a 270-game perfect attendance streak.
That attendance streak continued until October of 2003 when Bob sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall at Coffee County’s football stadium. While setting up to tape the game, Bob fell when the wooden step leading to the press box broke. He spent many weeks in Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga before eventually returning home.
Along with his support of the Falcon football team, Bob was a long-time contributor to his church, Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Fayetteville Lions Club.
Bob was born on March 14, 1931 in Woodburn, Ky., to the late Lena Austin Henry and John Boyd Henry, Sr. He worked in missile intelligence on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.
Survivors include his son, Paul Henry of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Chaffin of Franklin, Josh Hamilton of Seattle, Wash., Zachary Henry of Raleigh, N.C., Will (Heather) Hamilton of Fayetteville and Katie Hamilton of Columbus, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, William, Ginny and James.
In addition to his parents and wife, Martha, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Henry Hamilton; siblings, John Boyd Henry, Jr., of Louisville, Ky., Dorthy Evelyn Morris of Franklin, Ky., and Sue Ellen Carter of Fayetteville.
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Fayetteville ARP Church with the Rev. Philip Bunch officiating. Burial followed next to his wife in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Louis Thompson, Alvin Palmer, Don Thomas, Josh Hamilton, Will Hamilton and Jason Chaffin.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.