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Edward M. Henry

Edward M. Henry was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Tallahassee, Fla., the son of Mack and Janie D. Henry. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee in 1937, and earned a bachelor's degree in business education in 1941 and a master's degree in education in 1952, both from Florida A&M University. Following service in the U.S. Army, he moved to Conway with his wife, Annie Johnson Henry, whose family is from the Bayboro section of Horry County.

Henry was the teaching principal at the Popular Training School from 1947 to 1954, and at Chestnut Consolidating High School in Wampee until 1969 when he was named principal of Whittemore Elementary School. In 1970 he became principal of North Conway Primary School and Conway Elementary School in 1976. He retired in 1979.

Henry served on the Horry County Higher Education Commission from 1971 to 1995 and served as vice chairman in 1977 and chairman in 1978.  He was an elected member of the Horry County School Board from 1982 to 1986. He also held numerous offices in educational and civic organizations in Horry County and South Carolina.

Henry was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 1992.