Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | Dave Boucher, USA TODAY NETWORK, The Tennessean | June 27, 2016
Only a few weeks after the death of his son, the chief of staff to Gov. Bill Haslam is now mourning the death of his wife.
Jim Henry confirmed Monday that his wife, Pat, passed away. Public records indicate Mrs. Henry was 70 years old.
“Deputy Governor Jim Henry lost his wife of 48 years, Pat Henry, to cancer this morning. Pat was selfless. She spent her life devoted to her family and others and will be sorely missed. Crissy and I are praying for Jim, the Henry family and their many, many friends across the state,” Haslam said in a statement Monday morning.
Earlier this month the couple’s son Jimmy also died. Jimmy was in his early 40s and died of apparent natural causes. The couple’s other son, John, died in 2012.
According to a 2013 Associated Press report, Mrs. Henry was a trained beautician who worked for 40 years in her own business before retiring. However, Mrs. Henry spent much of her time working with her son John, who suffered from some developmental and physical issues.
While Jim Henry served as commissioner of the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and later at the Department of Children’s Services, Mrs. Henry toured the state talking about the importance of the agencies’ mission, according to the AP. In 2013, Jim Henry said the speeches were therapeutic for her, and they helped others who were in similar situations.
“Jim Henry is a truly great Tennessean who has given much of his life in public service, and most of the rest of it to a business inspired by his and Pat’s son, who suffered for years from a debilitating illness. Jim did all of that with a true partner, who supported him every step of the way, and made it possible for him to contribute all that he has contributed to the state,” said Tom Ingram, a longtime Republican operative and friend of the Henrys.
“In my book, that would make her contribution every bit equal to his.”
Funeral arrangements are not yet known.