Clarkesville City Council to Plant Pink Dogwood Tree in Memory of Doug Henry

Clarkesville - The City of Clarkesville has decided to honor the memory of Douglas “Doug” Henry by planting a Pink Dogwood tree at the local cemetery. 

During their Monday night meeting, the Clarkesville City Council approved to plant a tree at the cemetery as a memorial for the late Clarkesville attorney.

Henry passed away at the age of 72, on April 13. 

Born in Toccoa, on August 17, 1948, Henry spent his childhood in Clarkesville and graduated from Toccoa High School, according to his obituary. He obtained his master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia plus a law degree from Georgia State University. While living in Atlanta, he sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under Robert Shaw.

Henry opened his law practice in Clarkesville in 1986 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge for Habersham County for several years. 

Henry was also an active member of the community. He served on the Board of the Habersham Medical Center, Soque River Watershed Association, the Clarkesville Library Board, the Clarkesville Planning Commission, the Habersham Election Board, Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation Board, and was a longstanding member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir.

His passing was mourned by many members of the community. 

“He arrived at meetings – invariably a few minutes tardy – with a smile. The delay was due to his habit of walking everywhere,” The Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation Board wrote. “Always eager to bring his singular perspective to the conversations about our historic landmark, he truly had a heart for this project and the community at large. We will miss Doug – his smile, his energy, his wit and his commitment to Clarkesville.”

State Senate Candidate Tricia Hise wrote, “I cannot remember a time over the last 15 years that Doug Henry hasn't been around. He's always been a staple, a constant, a steady. A smiling face, a warm hand shake, a fixture walking, scooting, riding his bicycle in front of my office. He cared deeply for his clients. He was a great example of how a lawyer should act in the courtroom. And while we were on the opposite sides of policy and politics, I will miss my friend.”

The Soque River Watershed Association wrote, “Doug was not just a current board member but also a past president of SRWA, past Chief Magistrate Judge of Habersham County, Clarkesville native, a truly welcoming person, and an advocate for the Soque for longer than this organization has existed. He was unfailingly generous, jovial, and fun.”

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