Scout leader dies doing good deed

November 12, 1996


Staff Writer

MARLOWE, W.Va. -- William F. Henry, a popular Boy Scout leader who was struck and killed by a car on U.S. 11 Sunday, was best known for lending a helping hand, even to strangers, some of his friends said Monday.

"Bill would do anything for anyone, give them his last $5," Denise Gorman, a family friend, said from Henry's home in Potomac Heights subdivision in northern Berkeley County. "He would always stop to help somebody else out. That's what he was doing when he was killed," she said.

According to Gorman, Henry, 46, saw a basket of laundry fall out of a truck. He was in the road picking up the clothes when he was hit, Gorman said.


According to state police, Henry was struck at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Grade Road by a car driven by Audrey R. Haupt, 20, of Falling Waters. He was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital.

The accident is still under investigation, police said.

Henry was a splicer for Bell Atlantic for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanellen, two sons and three daughters.

A skilled woodsman, Henry had been scoutmaster of Troop 16 for 10 years, Gorman said. There are about 28 active scouts in the troop and he kept the boys busy with regular camping trips and community service, she said.

"The boys collected food for the needy and for the flood victims in January. They marched in parades and helped clean up the C&O Canal after the flood," she said.

One of Henry's scouts has earned an Eagle badge, scouting's highest rank, and two more are ready to earn the badge, Gorman said.

Matt Cole, an assistant scoutmaster, said more than 60 scouts and their parents attended a special meeting Monday night at Harmony Methodist Church to mourn Henry and help the boys with their grieving. "The boys will feel his loss for weeks," Cole said.

Henry had the ability to get along with anyone he met, Cole said "It didn't matter what their personality was. He was always trying to help kids. He used to coach a soccer team."

Larry Bailey, a childhood friend who grew up with Henry in Weston, W.Va., remembers him as someone to whom people went for help, "even when we were kids. He came from a family that didn't have much. But if you needed something he'd give it to you."

Gorman said Henry's troop was supposed to go camping at Camp Merrimack in Maryland this weekend. Instead, she said, the boys will gather at the campsite for a fireside memorial service Saturday night for Henry.

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