Jack W. Henry, 86, a longtime Washington retail grocer and lifelong area resident, died Oct. 3 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after surgery for the removal of a blood clot. He lived in Washington.
He and his brother, Clinton Henry, owned and operated the S.W. Henry Co., a grocery store that did business on the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW for 60 years before closing its doors in 1964. Clinton Henry died in 1978.
During the years that he and his brother ran the store, Mr. Henry did business with every president from Hoover through Johnson. When it was announced that the brothers were retiring and closing their establishment, they received letters from former president Eisenhower, a letter and autographed family photo from the then-first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and a basket of flowers from the White House staff.
Perhaps even better notes were some they received while operating the business. One was from the then president, Harry S Truman, praising them for their merchandise. "Mrs. Truman and Margaret and I are deeply indebted to you for the steak," Truman wrote, "It was delicious."
The store was founded by their father, Samuel W. Henry in 1904.
Jack W. Henry was born in Washington. He attended the old Force School and was a graduate of the old Business High School. He was a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Washington and St. John's Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included collecting antique clocks.
His wife, Eleanor, died in 1967.
Survivors include a son, Jack W. Jr., of Bethesda, and two grandchildren.