Dr. Charles E. Henry

04/14/1935 –


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  • Memorial Service
Date: 12/29/2021
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Reception
Date: 12/29/2021
Time: 12:00 pm
 – 2:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


The family of Dr. Charles E. Henry will celebrate his life of 86 years at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel.  His family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. following the service. He passed on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, sign his virtual guestbook, and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing.  We also ask you to consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.

On April 14, 1935, Charles Edwin Henry was born to Rev. Enoch and Ophelia Henry in Palestine, TX. He married Janice O’Brien on August 22, 1956, in Palestine Texas. Graduating from Lincoln High School Dr. Henry completed his Pre-Med education at Texas College in Tyler, TX, and went on to become the first African American male to complete a doctorate at Texas Tech University. Having taught Biology at Dunbar and Coronado High Schools, Dr. Henry was appointed Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, receiving the honor of being its first African American faculty member. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Wayland Baptist University and later started Henry Enterprises as an Education/Management Consultant. Throughout his time Dr. Henry devoted his life and works to the advancement of the underrepresented and underprivileged working with programs such as Upward Bound, United Way, and the YMCA. His positions within the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 100 Black Men of West Texas, Lubbock Black Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Lubbock Board of Health, and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors allowed him to touch the lives of many.

Dr. Charles Henry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janice Henry; their children, Carolyn Henry, of Manhattan, KS, and Melvin Henry, of Abilene, TX; Three grandchildren, Kemberli Bridges, Kamica Thompson, and Katrina Ross; Six great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Keondre Bridges, Josiah, Journee, and Jayden Thompson, and Machaiah Streckfus.

He was preceded in death by father, Rev. Enoch Henry; mother, Ophelia Henry; sister, Annie Fain; sister, Ruthy Jackson; sister, Mattie Ester; sister, Betty Cannon; brother, Enoch Henry Jr.; brother, Kenneth Henry; sister, Rubye Henry; sister, Cora Jackson; sister, Carol Boyd.


Celebration of Life


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