Douglas Henry ’70

1 May 2020

Major: English

Douglas Henry, son of Dr. Charles and Helen Henry, well known Clarkesville attorney, died suddenly on April 13, 2020.

He was born in Toccoa, on August 17, 1948, spent his childhood in Clarkesville, and graduated from Toccoa High School. He got a Master degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and finally a law degree from Georgia State University. While living in Atlanta, he sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under Robert Shaw.

Doug’s love of the outdoors brought him back to his childhood roots in Clarkesville, Georgia. He opened his law practice in Clarkesville in 1986. He served as Chief Magistrate Judge for Habersham County for several years.

He was deeply involved in community activities. He served on the Board of the Habersham Medical Center, Soque River Watershed Association, the Clarkesville Library Board, the Clarkesville Planning Commission, and the Habersham Election Board. He was a longstanding member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir. Hiking and canoeing locally and afar were his favorite activities, including Boundary Waters National Park and the Lewis and Clark Canoe Trail. Doug probably hiked every trail in North Georgia and he was well known in Clarkesville for walking everywhere before walking was the thing to do.

Doug was married twice and he is survived by a son, Alex, age 20, who attends college at University of North Georgia; he is also survived by three siblings, Cassie, Alan, and Bruce.

There will be public celebration of Doug ‘s life when circumstances permit.

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  • 2020-06-19 14:27:43
    Walt Gordon

    Doug was best man at my wedding in 1969, and I was honored to read some Walt Whitman at his wedding in 2011. I reconnected with him in 2004 and visited with him several times over the years the followed. I’d be happy to talk with anyone who would like to know more about this part of Doug’s life, or who would just like to reminisce.

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