PLANT CITY – Plant City Photo Archives and History Center President Ed Verner announced the selection of J. Myrle Henry to receive the coveted Heritage Award, the organization’s highest award. Henry has been affiliated with local historical organizations for many years and has served as director and president of the East Hillsborough Historical Society.
Henry is a 1956 honor graduate of Plant City High School, where he received the American Legion Award. He received a Food Fair Stores Foundation Scholarship and a Hillsborough County Pharmaceutical Auxiliary scholarship and attended the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, Pharmacy degree in 1961.
Active on campus, Henry served as an Honor Court Justice and an Executive Council Representative and was president of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He also was a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honorary Earth Sciences Society, and Rho Chi, the Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy. In addition, he was awarded the J.K. Attwood Leadership Award at the College of Pharmacy annual senior banquet.
An active member of the Plant City community, Henry is a trustee of South Florida Baptist Hospital, a deacon of Plant City First Baptist Church, and a trustee of Evangelical University and Seminary. He is also the founder and past president of Baptist Towers of Plant City and the Plant City Living Center.
Henry is the founder of the Florida Opry and of the Strawberry Classic Car Show. He has also served as president of the Plant City Downtown Business and Merchants Association, director and treasurer of the East Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber’s Economic Development Council, a member of the Hillsborough County Citizen Advisory Committee, a longtime member of the East Hillsborough Historical Society, president of the Lions Club, Grand Lion of Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, Melvin Jones Fellow of Lions International, past chairman of the Plant City branch American Cancer Society, past president of the Hillsborough County Pharmacy Association, and is a member of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board.
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Henry was named Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Religious Leader, and in 2001 he was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the combined civic clubs of greater Plant City. In 2007 Henry received the Florida Bowl of Hygeia Award presented by the Florida Pharmacy Association in honor of his civic leadership and his community service. He has also received the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce “Good Egg” award.
Henry met Tommie C. Williams in Latin Class at Plant City High School in 1954. They were married in 1959. They have two daughters, Cheri Kim Henry Ennis and Dr. Kathy Lynn Henry.
THE HERITAGE AWARD
The Heritage Award was established in 2004 to honor a citizen for his or her efforts to preserve the history and heritage of the greater Plant City community. Previous recipients are D.E. Bailey, Jr., James Redman, Robert Trinkle, B.M. “Mac” Smith, Betty Barker Watkins, Dr. Hal Brewer, Gladys Jeffcoat, James “Sonny” Jones, Bob Edwards, and Dr. Maribeth Mobley.
The Parolini Award was established in 2009 to honor volunteers for their outstanding and meritorious service and was named for Bill Parolini, a long-time assistant in the Photo Archives operations. The award was presented posthumously to Parolini and accepted by Mrs. Mary Jane Parolini. Other Parolini Award recipients include Linda Smith, Tim Martin, Bill Thomas, Betty Patton, Lou Baird, Anne Haywood, and David Patton.
The Photo Archives and History Center office, library, and gallery are located at 106 South Evers Street in downtown Plant City. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.