December 24, 1925 ~ January 3, 2020

Born in: Rockingham, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Dr. Ozmer Lucas Henry, Jr. “Oz” died January 3, 2020 in Asheville, NC.

Dr. Henry was born December 24, 1925 in Rockingham, NC to the late Ozmer Lucas Henry, Sr. and Sara Lilly Dockery Henry. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Everett Lawrence Henry; brother-in-law, D.E. Ward, Jr. MD, and niece, Sara Everett Henry.

Oz spent his early years in Rockingham before moving to Lumberton NC where he attended public schools. He graduated from Wake Forest College and Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest School of Medicine). After serving a one year internship at Medical College of Alabama (Jefferson Hillman Hospital) in Birmingham and another at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem he served as Captain in the US Air Force with the 5010th Medical Group in Fairbanks Alaska. He returned to NC Baptist Hospital upon discharge and completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He served as Director of Student Health Services at Wake Forest College when the school moved to the new Winston Salem campus from the town of Wake Forest. In 1960 he joined the staff of Western NC Speciality Hospital in Black Mountain (now Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center) and was medical director until the hospital closed in 1980. Dr. Henry then served as consultant to the Communicable Disease Program (NC Department of Environment and Health) until his retirement in 1991. Thereafter he continued as Chairman of Utilization Review for Black Mountain Center until his death.

Oz was passionate about caring for people and serving others and was always generous with his time. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the NC Industrial Commission for 25 years, a former member and past president of the Black Mountain Rotary Club, and a member of the Asheville Civitan Club.

He served as past president of the regional NC Lung Association, president of the NC Thoracic Society, on the Alumni Council of Wake Forest School of Medicine, as a member of the American Medical Association, the NC Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association, the Buncombe County Medical Association, the American Thoracic Society, Graduate Leadership of Asheville for Seniors, and as a board member for Lead Asheville Forum in addition to serving on Boards for several non-profits.

He was a faithful member of The Cathedral of All Souls from 1976 until his death, where he was several times a member of its Vestry and also served as Senior Warden. Devoted to his church he served on numerous committees and, for many years, as a tour guide for visitors to the church. He was also active in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Carolina and at Kanuga Conferences where he served proudly on its Board of Visitors for over 20 years.

Oz loved his many friends all over NC and beyond, and we all will miss his infectious smile and loyal friendship. He will also be missed greatly by his family who adored him. He was the brother, uncle, great uncle and friend around whom everybody wanted to be. His heart was huge, and he was always interested in hearing what was going on with the person in his presence. If you were his friend you know, without having to read it here, how much he loved you and appreciated your many kindnesses during his lifetime. He loved his work and his patients through the years, settling in with a great book, watching and feeding his birds, – especially bluebirds, rocking on his wonderful porch, traveling, and enjoying good food with dear friends. He was a blessing to all whose paths he crossed.

He is survived by his sister, Sara Henry Ward; sister-in-law, Sara Oliver Henry; nieces and nephews Demming Ward (Susan) of Salisbury NC, David Ward (Libbie) of Raleigh NC, Sally Cochran (Bill) of Concord NC, Lucy Henry (Beth Kelly) of Greenville, SC and Elizabeth Sides (Kevin) of Ponta Vedra, FL; great nieces and nephews David Henry Ward, Ellen Ward, Annie Baldwin (Nathan), David Dockery Ward, Jr. (Emily), John Ward (Annie), Sara Hyatt (Josh), Alice Grove (Jacob); step nieces Katie Langston and Maggie Barton (Ed) great great nieces and nephews, Caroline Baldwin, Davis Baldwin, Eliza Ward, Anna Ward, Luke Ward, Catherine Turner Ward, Henry Grove, Jack Grove, and Daniel Hyatt; step great nieces and nephew Eve Langston, Emily Barton and Liam Barton.

There will be a Memorial Service at The Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville on Saturday, January 11 at 10:00 AM, and the family will greet friends after the service in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider The Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan Street, Asheville NC 28803 or the charity of your choice.


Memorial Service: January 11, 2020 10:00 am

All Souls Episcopal Church
9 Swan Street
Asheville, NC 28803


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Dr Ozz was a Wonderful man, always very friendly & kind. Always had that big smile. We always enjoyed have lunch with him at JK’S. RIP
    Bill Smith & Anna Gauldin

  2. He was a true Southern gentleman, wonderful friend, and loyal customer for many years. Oz will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

  3. What a wonderful man Oz was. The epitome of what a gentleman should be. He was kind, caring, and never met a stranger. It was my privilege to have him as both a friend and a neighbor for many years. The world is a little darker with the his passing.

  4. Oz was a wonderful friend for so many years, beginning in the 1960’s.We have many happy memories of times together. We will surely miss him.

  5. Ozmer was the doctor in residence when I was a student at Wake Forest (1957-1961). I liked him a lot and he was fun to be around. Ozmer’s grandmother and my grandmother were sisters & the Lucas family lived in Chester, SC. He was always a gentleman. Love and prayers to the family. Drina Cushman Hedgpeth

  6. Oz was a wonderful person to get to know and visit many of the times we were in the Asheville NC area. We learned to know him through a mutual friend to him, and brother to us. Many meals were shared as we talked about travel experiences and his life in the Asheville area. We will miss his ever smiling face and warm greetings. Love and prayers to all the family. Dale and Kris Clemmer, Lansdale, PA


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