Nonagenarian Frank Henry, Jr. has served his community and Southeast Arkansas most of his life. For his service, the Mainline Health Systems board member recently received the Community Health Centers of Arkansas’ 2019 Community Hero Award.
The Community Hero Award honors a community health center staff member or board member who is making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents, and dedication, outside any work done for their employer. The awardee serves as a role model for compassion and service, is striving to make their community a better place, and has a passion for helping others in their community.
Years ago, Mr. Henry saw that his city, Dermott, having been served by three good doctors for many years, would soon face health care challenges due to the approaching retirement of those physicians.
“We needed Mainline to replace them and this was my opportunity to help get Mainline and keep Mainline, to serve our community,” Mr. Henry said.
Mr. Henry, who celebrated his 94th birthday in June, has served on Mainline’s board of directors for 22 years. He devotes his time to Mainline because it provides services to those who might not otherwise receive medical care.
While Mr. Henry is passionate about Mainline, it was his service to his community for which he received the 2019 Community Health Centers of Arkansas Community Hero Award.
In addition to his service on the Mainline Board of Directors, Mr. Henry serves the city of Dermott, the surrounding area, and his church, the Dermott Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Henry, a former mayor of Dermott, served two years as the president of the Dermott Chamber of Commerce and about 20 years as the chamber’s executive director. He is currently serving as the president of the Dermott Rotary Club, his second time to do so. He is also a member of the Port of Yellow Bend Board of Directors, was the post commander of the Dermott American Legion Post #65 for several years, and was the secretary and treasurer of the McGehee-Dermott Development Corporation for several years.
Mr. Henry was the manager of the Dermott Insurance Agency for 37 years, from 1953-1990. Prior to that, from 1946-1953, he was a teller at the Dermott State Bank.
Mr. Henry and his wife, Bertha, are the parents of two children, Rita Denise Henry and Dr. Regina Beth Henry Scott. They have one grandchild, Shelby Scott.