SHERMAN, Tex. -- Longtime Sherman community leader Henry Sory, who passed away last week at age 85, was remembered Monday morning in Sherman.
"He’s the kind of man most people would want to be like," Sherman Boys & Girls Club director Mike Delong says.
Those who knew Henry White Sory say his caring, giving attitude was always evident. The Dallas-native graduated from Sherman High School. He became a Marine bomber pilot and then graduated from Austin College.
Sory worked at Bonham High School for a few years before returning to Sherman High School.
"He believed and loved the Bearcats and the Kangaroos and gave his all to give back to the students those institutions served," Sherman Independent School District superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick says.
Sory married his wife, Joy, 62 years ago, and became the Sherman High School principal, then assistant superintendent until retiring in 1985 leading with a quiet dignity as an example to others.
"He’s been a friend and also a mentor many years for me. I appreciate the time I had to spend with him," Dr. Hambrick says.
Even after retiring, Sory stayed active in the community. He had perfect attendance with the Kiwanis Club for 56 years, constantly thinking how he could help others.
"Every fall he would go through his closet and he would have some nice jackets, and he would bring them up here and say, find some kids up here that could just a good jacket. He did that every year," says Delong, whose Boys & Girls Club is a United Way–affiliated organization, of which Sory also volunteered his time.
In February, Sherman ISD dedicated its newest elementary school in his honor, a visual reminder of the intangible qualities he leaves behind.
"I always felt better when I saw Henry during the day. He was the kind of person you just felt better and had a little more ump in your step when you got to see Henry," Delong says.
"The Henry W. Sory Elementary School is just a testament to what he meant to the district, and our goal is to make that a world class institution that the Sory Family will be proud of for many years to come," Hambrick says.
Sory was also very active in his church, Saint Mary's in Sherman. In the funeral service on Monday, his pastor described him as a man faithful to the end.
Sory Elementary School is scheduled to open in the fall.