Major General John Bailey Henry Jr., USAF (Ret)

July 15, 1916September 2, 2013
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General John B. Henry, of San Antonio, Texas and Muskegon, Michigan died on September 2, 2013 at the age of 97. He was born in Christine, Texas in 1916 the son of John Bailey and Esther Belle Henry. General Henry was predeceased by his wife of 66 years the former Maxine H. Schoeffler. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Anne Bevelhymer (Herbert), John B. Henry, III (Janice), four grandchildren; Lowell Bevelhymer (Joanne), Stephen Bevelhymer (Beth), Megan Henry Rolf (Jeff) and John B. Henry, IV; 5 great-grandchildren, and brother Lee Henry. After attending Southwestern University he entered aviation cadet training and in 1939 received his commission as a second lieutenant and earned his pilot wings. Beginning in 1941, General Henry served as operations officer for the 37th Fighter Group and then commander of the 28th Fighter Squadron in the Canal Zone, Panama. In 1943 he was assigned to the 339th Fighter Group as its commander at Rice Field, CA. and then Falmouth, England. He flew 94 combat missions during WWII. Over the course of his 35-year career in the U.S. Air Force, General Henry commanded bases in Dallas, TX; Topeka, KS; and Westover Field, MA. While serving as commander of the 22nd Bombardment Wing, SAC, he became proficient as a jet bomber pilot. He later served as Asst. Chief of Staff, Operations for the Pacific Air Forces; Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force at the Pentagon; Director of the Inter-American Defense College, Ft. McNair, VA; and Chief of Staff Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Canal Zone. His military decorations include: the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Croix de Guerre (France) and Air Force Military Cross, 2nd Class (Venezuela). Visitation will be on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 5 to 9pm at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral service on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 3pm in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Mercy Health VNS & Hospice Services, 888 Terrace St., Muskegon, MI. 49440.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2013

Major General John Bailey Henry Jr., USAF (Ret)

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September 15, 2013

It was my honor and privilege to get to know John Henry over the last few years. He knew and was a friend of my husband and I had the pleasure of calling him my friend too. I had many opportunities to be with him over the past year and a half and will greatly miss seeing him. My heart goes out to the family at this sad time and my prayers are with you.
Lucy Hughes, North Muskegon, Mi

September 13, 2013

To the entire Henry family, our deepest sympathy at the loss of General John Henry. He was a wonderfully generous man and always unassuming and so willing to praise and acknowledge everyone else's contributions. My father, Col. William C. Clark, served with John in the 339th Fighter Group during WWII and they remained friends until my father's passing in 1988. My entire family enjoyed attending the 339th yearly reunions over the years and especially looked forward to visiting with John as did all the members of the Group. It will just not be the same without him. John was dearly loved and will be missed by so many. Joyce (Clark) & Larry Eiswald and my mother Dorothy Clark (San Diego, CA)

Paul Alarcon

September 9, 2013

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your friend and father Gen. Henry. We had the honor of having him in our community for a short while. A true gentleman always.

Paul Alarcon
The Forum at Lincoln Heights

September 9, 2013

I am profoundly saddened to learn of General Henry's death and profoundly grateful to have known such a fine gentleman:a man of distinction, dignity, and kindness.

My parents--Colonel and Mrs. Donald W. Peacock--thought so highly of the general and of his wife, Maxine and attended many of their lovely parties. When my father was in an assisted living facility, Gen. Henry visited him often and they shared good talks.

I will remember this fine man with smiles and with gratitude.
Donna Peacock

Jimmie Lee, Dixie, Rebecca Davis

September 8, 2013

Our heads are bowed in awe, reverence, and appreciation of this distinguished man who began his life in Atascosa County. May you be comforted in your sorrow by his long and distinguished life, and may he live on in your memory and your hearts.
Sincerely, Jimmie Lee Davis (wife of Matt Davis III, deceased), Dixie Davis, and Rebecca Davis, Charlotte, Texas

Trini Rendon

September 8, 2013

My deepest condolensces to the Henry family. I served with General Henry at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone, Republic of Panama during the 1960s, when he was the Chief of Staff. One of my assigned duties was to deliver mail to his quarters during the weekend. Mrs. Henry always greeted me with a smile and a cold glass of lemonade. Another good memory of my time with Gen Henry was that he always made sure I had a seat available on his plane when he made his annual trip to Kelly AFB for his physical check-up. He always was interested if it had rained in the Chrsitine/Charlotte, TX area. I was born in Dilley, TX. (Frio County), another farming community approximately 25 miles SW of Charlotte.
TSgt Trini Rendon/USAF Retired

Liz Chiego

September 8, 2013

What a wonderful man. I was very honored to get to know him very briefly.

Col. Tom Wood

September 7, 2013

To the Henry family;

On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Alamo Chapter, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, we express our deepest sympathies with the passing of your dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Major General John Bailey Henry, Jr., USAF Ret.

During his illustrious United States Air Force career, Major General Henry distinguished himself as a true American military leader and hero having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in combat. His life has left an indelible imprint on the military history of our country and its military services. We offer a final salute to his memory and a lifetime of service to his family, friends and to his country.

Posted by a fellow holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross- San Antonio, TX

Darrell Bevelhymer

September 7, 2013

Dear Anne & Herb and family, we are so sorry for your loss. It is very hard to lose your father. Love, Darrell & Kim & family

September 6, 2013

You will be missed by us John, you were my brother, friend thru the years, You took my dads place at my wedding. You have a special place in my heart. To the family, we are so sorry for your loss, I know God will be with all of you at this time.
We love you. Kenneth and Gail