Gerald W. Henry, 72, of Columbus, was a born again Christian and was taken home to be with God on Feb. 13, 2020.

He was born in Brown County on January 26, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garlan Wayne and Velma Seitz Henry. Gerald married Jerry Thurman in Las Vegas, NV on September 10, 1974, and she survives. In those 45 years they were blessed to have wonderful children and grandchildren.

His children are Grant (Dawn) Henry of Greenwood; Billie Henry of Columbus; Terrie Henry of Columbus; and Geoff (Angela) Henry of Columbus. His grandchildren are Devon Henry, Shaela Henry, Erralynn Henry, Andie Clark, Charlie Clark, Jentzen Bechtel, Joel Bechtel, Chance Henry, Trevor Conrad, and Kaleb Conrad. He is also survived by five sisters and four brothers.

Gerald enjoyed going to all his grandchildren's sporting events, including basketball, baseball, HAVOC Volleyball Club and school volleyball. He loved and adored them all.

He was one of the founders of the Biddy Basketball program in Hope.

Gerald graduated in 1966 from Columbus High School. After graduation, he worked at Hartup Tool and Die. He then worked at several tool and mold making shops. He currently was employed at R & M Tool in North Vernon.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday y at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hauser Athletic Department.