Charles “Chuck” Henry of Lake Wylie, SC, passed away on Monday, June 13th at the age of 89. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ewald and Hannah (Lang) Henry. He attended Case Western Reserve University where he was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Omega and, most importantly, where he met his wife, June. Chuck graduated in 1954 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Chuck spent his career in the chemical industry, which involved travel to places near and far and moves every few years, including Cleveland, OH; Akron, OH; Valley Forge, PA; Convent Station, NJ; and Virginia Beach, VA.
There he was Vice President, Marketing at Virginia Chemicals, Inc. until that company was acquired, whereupon he was transferred to South Carolina to became Director of New Business Development of Celanese Specialty Chemicals.
Following what was to be a “temporary” move to the Carolinas, Chuck and June retired here and never left, enjoying more than 30 years of living the life in the River Hills Community. He especially enjoyed playing bridge and tennis, where he was known for his fancy drop shot. Always one who appreciated the importance of giving back, he became involved in the River Hills Lions Club, of which he was a member since 1991 and President in 1997. He especially enjoyed the pancake breakfast with Father Christmas.
Many will remember Chuck for the twinkle in his bright blue eyes, infectious smile and genuine kindness to all he encountered. His appreciation of life and his positive spirit lives on in his grandchildren, along with his dedication to hard work and, above all, the importance and joy of family. He was so thankful for his wonderful life and we are so grateful to have experienced his constant presence and love throughout our lives.
Charles is predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, June Eicher Henry, and his sisters, Lois and Judy. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Garry) Baker; his son David (Clemente); his grandchildren Matthew Baker, Alison (Tommy) Baker Luginbill, and Brian (Kate) Baker; and his great-granddaughter Brooke Anne Luginbill.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York, on Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be given in his honor to the Church of the Good Shepherd, PO Box 437, York, SC 29745; or to the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Community Foundation, PO Box 5183, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.