Methodist clergyman; college president. Born– February 13, 1910, Tuscaloosa. Parents– Waights Gibbs and Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Henry. Married– Minnie Lark Brown, February 16, 1935. Children– Three. Education– Emory University, 1927-1928; Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1930; Yale University, B.D., 1934. Assistant pastor, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1932-1936; joined North Georgia Conference of Methodist Church, 1936; ordained to Methodist ministry, 1938; pastor, Hoschton, Clayton, and Atlanta, Ga., 1937-1944. Executive secretary to Board of Education, North Georgia Conference, 1945-1948; president, LaGrange College, 1948-78; Chancellor, LaGrange College, 1978-1989. Preacher of the Methodist series of the “Protestant Hour,” 1960; columnist for Columbus, Ga. Ledger-Enquirer after 1950; chairman of the board of Protestant Radio and T.V. Center, 1970-1971. Member of several commissions and organizations; president of Georgia Association of Colleges; charter member, Troup County Historical Society. Judge, Miss America Pageant, 1952. Honors– Birmingham Southern College, D.D., 1947.¬† Died May 29, 1989.


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Begin Where You Are, and Other Sermons. Atlanta; Joint Radio Committee, The Methodist Church, 1960.

A Brief History of LaGrange College. LaGrange, Ga.; Institutional Relations Office of LaGrange College, 1981.

Fuller E. Callaway, Jr.; a Three Dimension Man, and Callaway Foundation, Inc. New York; Newcomen Society of North America, 1979.

Tributary to a Golden Stream; the Story of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of West Point-LaGrange, Georgia. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1982.


A collection of the papers of Waights Gibbs Henry Jr. is held at the Troup County  Archives, in the Troup County Historical Society Headquarters in LaGrange, Georgia.