Gordon Henry

Obituary of Gordon Clark Henry

Gordon Clark Henry, 76, left this earthly life on November 17, 2021.Gordon was born August 6, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas to P.D. Jr. & Virginia Clark Henry. He was very active in his youth at First United Methodist Church, where his civil rights concerns were nurtured. An avid and lifelong learner, he followed his valedictory address at R.L. Paschal High School by graduating from Yale University and attending seminary. He then began earning a teaching certificate, during which time he enjoyed the dignified labor of a variety of blue-collar jobs. While working at a Dallas-based typesetting company, he met the love of his life, Susan, whom he married in 1978.Gordon educated students of Fort Worth Independent School District for 23 years, primarily as an English teacher at Green B. Trimble Technical High School. After retiring from teaching, he enjoyed a physically demanding and fulfilling job as a landscape tender for a manufacturing company near his beloved downtown. In his final retirement, he persevered with his healthy eating plan and commitment to walking an average of three miles a day, seven days a week. Through his walking he developed his photography skills, focusing on birds and landscapes, as well as giving countless hours to visually preserve events at his parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, and around the Diocese of Fort Worth (Anglican).Gordon loved his family dearly and embraced both the extraordinary and everyday moments of life, connecting loved ones photographically and through story-telling. He leaves a big hole in our hearts, but we know he lives on with his Creator. Life is changed, not ended.Gordon is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Mengden Henry; son, Adam Jay Henry; daughter-in-law, Ashley Mackey; cherished granddaughter, Lorelei Henry; sisters, Martha (Martin) Troy and Lucille (William) Helton; brothers-in-law, Fred (Donna) Mengden and Greg (Chris) Mengden; sister-in-law, Ruby Mengden; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He is also remembered by his many virtual and in-person friends from his walking and photography interests.