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Frederico Henry

July 23, 1945 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 76)

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Frederico J. Henry, at the age of 76, of Holden Beach, North Carolina entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 29, 2022.  Fred was born in Winter Haven, FL.  He was the eldest son of Allen and Rosa Lee Henry.  Fred lost his mother at an early age and relocated to New Jersey.  He was raised by his grandmother Josephene and his aunt Dorothy Waters who he lovingly referred to as “Ma”.  It was these two women who taught him to be domestically self-sufficient, as well as, passed on their love of fishing.  Although his father Allen lived in another state, they maintained a very close relationship.  Fred was also fortunate to have a “surrogate” father in his Uncle George.  It was George who showed him how to be a “Classic Man”, teaching him how to polish shoes and the importance of a well fitted suit.

Fred attended Southern Freehold Regional H.S. in New Jersey. He was an outstanding athlete as a member of the football, baseball, and track teams.  Fred was also an avid Boy Scout, although unable to obtain the designation of Eagle Scout because of his inability to float.  During his senior year he “Crashed” a birthday party where he met Renee M. Morris.  Their romance led to marriage in 1968 and they would later have two children, Monica, and Jason.

Fred graduated High School in 1965 and was accepted into Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Fred continued to pursue his love of football as a Rattler.  There he formed lifelong friendships and his very best friend Norman “Bernard” Brooks. After completing his degree, he relocated to the Washington DC area to work for the Boy Scouts of America.  Fred called the Washington metropolitan area home for the next 40 plus years.

Fred spent an entire career working with the youths of the DMV area.  Early in his career, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America molding young minds to become better men.  He later transitioned to the State of Maryland as a Juvenile Intake Officer, helping to mentor troubled youth.  After retiring from the State of Maryland, Fred found himself mentoring his own grandchildren. He spent the first couple years after retirement babysitting his grandson, Caleb, and transporting the older grandson, Isaiah, to and from school. (I’m sure those were some laughable conversations).  Fred enjoyed life to the fullest and truly had a “You only live once outlook”. He enjoyed many things, but the love of his family took precedence over everything.  If you knew Fred, you knew he was only a phone call away.  If it was to put air in a tire, paint a wall, an ear to listen, or deliver soup to his eldest grandchild Andie because of her call, he would immediately get up, and put on those damn flip flops.  (He always talked about how pretty his feet were, NOT).

In 2011, Fred married his lifelong partner of 37 years, Lisa G. Mahan.  After retiring, they relocated to Holden Beach, NC. They enjoyed days on the beach and evenings at local festivals.  Fred was also an avid skier. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and biking. He eventually took up the game of golf, where he really thought his game was coming along, but his golfing buddies would disagree with his assessment. Again, just like college he formed a bond with a group of men he considered to be a band of brothers.  Fred loved music, dancing, Dewar’s (scotch) and enjoyed hanging out with family, friends and his Bowie, MD crew. 

Fred is survived in death by his wife, Lisa G. Mahan (Holden Beach, NC), children, Monica R. Lindsey (Craig) of Annapolis, MD, Jason N. Henry (Melissa) of Columbia, MD, grandchildren Andie E. George of Annapolis, MD, Isaiah C. Lindsey of Annapolis, MD, Caleb M. Henry of Columbia, MD and great grandchild Zayn E. Bell of Annapolis, MD.  His brothers Michael Henry (Winter Haven, FL), Brian “Ricky” Henry (Atlanta, GA), Phillip Henry (Winter Haven, FL), and sisters Sandra Cuyler (Winter Haven, FL) and Kathy Henry (Atlanta, GA).  He was preceded in death by his father Allen Henry, biological mother Rosa Lee Henry, Dorothy Waters, and sister Josie Wright. He leaves cherished memories to his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family and friends.

He loved so many and will be remembered by all.  We were instructed to never “pull the plug” just whisper Happy Hour starts 5pm.  We love you Fred………….

Fred requested a celebration of life be held in his honor in lieu of traditional service.  We request friends and family to join us to celebrate his life at the Elks Lodge, Gambrills, MD on June 11, 2022 from 2 - 6 pm.

Mr. Henry is entrusted to the care of Kelvin F. Lewis, Funeral Director, and Lewis Crematory & Funeral Services of Myrtle Beach, SC.

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