Desmond Paul Henry of Hot Springs left this world after 93 years to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

He was born July 6, 1919, in Mt. Vernon to Charles and Josie Shilling Henry.

Paul was a faithful Christian and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. For many years he was the owner and operator of Henry’s Sheet Metal and Roofing in Magnolia, where he earned the respect of everyone who worked with him. He had a reputation for being honest and for always completing his jobs in the most competent and professional way.

He led an interesting life that included working during the Depression years with the Youth Progress Administration, traveling to California during the summers to work in the fruit canneries, and serving as a foreman during World War II on the construction site of the atomic bomb plant in Hanford, Wash. He had many special memories and fascinating stories about his life experiences, and loved to share them with friends and family.

Above all, he loved the Lord and lived every day of his life in a manner that would lead him to a home in Heaven at the conclusion of this life. Paul was a truly good man and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two special brothers, Basil Henry and Ted Henry; his son-in-law, Robert Proppe; and his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Betty Dempsey Henry.

He is survived by his daughter, Paula Proppe of Hot Springs; a brother, Charles and wife Carmetta Henry of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Damon Proppe and wife Darla of Hot Springs and Jessica Miller and husband Ray of Lowell; a very precious great-great-granddaughter, Joy Miller of Jasper; sisters-in-law, June Steed of Texarkana and Pauline Dempsey of Shreveport, La.; nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. 

The family extends their appreciation to Dr. Kevin Hale and Dr. Jeffrey Tauth who provided the competent care that allowed Paul to reach the milestone of 93 years. Appreciation is also extended to caregiver Kathleen Aston and the staff of Hospice of Central Arkansas for all that was done to ease his passing from this life.

A service to honor his exceptional life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Lewis Chapel with Bro. Ardie P. Brown of Burleson, Texas, officiating. Burial will follow at Columbia Cemetery, under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the funeral home.


Published: 10/12/2012