Henry Brown Sallis
Henry Brown Sallis' battle with Alzheimer's ended peacefully on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, in Mansfield, LA. Henry was born April 5, 1927, in Sallis, MS. Following an honorable discharge from the US Navy in August, 1946, he married the love of his life, Mary Jo Archer, on June 15, 1947, in Mathiston, MS. In 1955 Henry and Mary Jo, with their five children, moved to Mansfield where the couple has lived ever since, except for a brief time in Columbia, MS, in 1956-57.
Henry, 86, spent most of his career as a salesman initially selling home appliances then selling automobiles, first at Lowrey Motor Company then at his own used car lot, Sallis Used Cars. During his years as a salesman Henry developed a reputation for honesty, integrity, and fair dealing throughout DeSoto Parish and the surrounding area.
The greatest joys of Henry's life came from serving Christ through his church and through loving, encouraging, and supporting his family. Henry was a Christ-like servant, deacon, Sunday School leader, usher, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle. To his family he was Father Dear, Datie, Daddy, "Hen", Pop, Paw, Granddaddy, Uncle Datie. All who knew Henry Sallis respected him; all who knew him well, loved him.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, six brothers, a daughter, Jo Ann Sallis and a granddaughter, Dana Sallis. He is survived by Mary Jo Sallis, his wife of 66 years; children David Sallis', Starkville, MS; Bruce Sallis and wife Chris Angell Sallis, Houston, TX; Beth Salter, Mansfield, LA; Steve Sallis and wife Linda Sallis, Syracuse, NY; Randy Sallis and wife Gail Sallis, Lebanon, TN; sisters Dorothy Craft and Mary Copeland; twelve grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00pm Tuesday, 6/18/13, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield. There will also be a visitation at 10:00 to 11:00am on Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Mansfield followed by a funeral service at 11:00 also at First Baptist Church of Mansfield.
Honoring his life as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Andrew Prather, Daniel Salter, Adam Salter, Archer Sallis, John Sallis, Kenny Sallis, Daley Sallis, and dear friend, Robert May.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Henry Sallis may be sent to French Camp Academy Development Office, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
Published in Shreveport Times on June 18, 2013