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Jeanette Sturgeon Henry (1969) Passes Away

Monday, February 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Jeanette Sue Sturgeon Henry, age 79, wife of Pastor James "Brother Jim" Henry, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ February 4, 2019, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Jeanette was born February 22, 1939, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to the late Samuel and Bertha Mae Sturgeon. She earned her high school diploma from Hiseville High School. After high school, Jeanette attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky where she met Jim during her freshmen year of 1957. They married on December 27, 1959, and shortly thereafter they moved to New Orleans so Jim could attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She later graduated Cum Laude from Belmont University in 1969, all while caring for three children and her husband! She was a unique blend of "blue grass and classical" that allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life.Jeanette always found a place to make her mark in ministry alongside Jim's pastoring. She worked with children, cooked thousands of meals and led a large Sunday School class for adults during her years of ministry. She was probably best known for her love of teaching the Bible. The impact of her teaching still lingers in the lives of hundreds who are still members at First Baptist Church Orlando or have scattered to other churches around the country. She also spoke at women's events and pastors' wives' events around the country. Her legacy can be marked by her receiving the Willie Turner Dawson Award for "distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church."Jeanette's dearest love, after Jesus and Jim, was her children and she devoted herself to their care with her time, attention, participation and unconditional love. She was fiercely committed to ensuring that her children did not grow up with the usual pressures that are often placed on pastors' children. She guarded and protected their freedom to be the children, teenagers and eventually, the adults that God created them to be. She was always the voice of reason and the source of stability and strength for her family in the whirlwind of their exciting life!Jeanette is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jim Henry and three children: Kate (Ira) Campbell, Betsy (Danny) de Armas, and Jim II (Tammy) Henry. She has 5 grandsons: Trey Henry and Will (Leah) Henry in Nashville, TN; Caleb (Cali) de Armas in Ft. Benning, GA; Seth (Catherine) de Armas and Asa (Kinsey) de Armas in Orlando, FL.

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