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C. Dunbar Henri (1912-2002)


Coleridge Dunbar (C.D.) Henri, 89, died in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 30, 2002. A respected leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Henri served as a pastor and administrator in various parts of the United States and Africa.

Born in Clarendon, Arkansas, on July 7, 1912, Henri moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri, where he spent his early years. He attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, for two years and completed his education at Atlantic Union College with a Bachelor's degree in Theology.

Following graduation, Henri was employed as a pastor by the Lake Union Conference. In 1945, he was invited to go to West Africa, where he served with his wife, Lorraine, for 19 years.

Upon returning from Africa, he obtained his Master of Arts degree from Andrews University and later pastored churches in Florida and Georgia. Henri returned to Africa, this time as president of the East African Union, in 1970.

In 1973, Henri was elected General Vice President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and relocated to Washington, D.C. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1980.

He and his wife lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where, although officially retired, he continued to work in the South Atlantic Conference wherever he was needed. This often found him in administration, pastoring, counseling, or speaking.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, daughters Burdetta Henri and Patricia Henri-Simmons, a son, C. Dunbar Henri, Jr., his sister, Florence Henri Murray, and three grandchildren.

-Adventist Review