Gaile M. Henry, Jr.

December 7, 1944 - September 9, 2022

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Gaile “Sonny” Henry, passed from this world.  Gaile was born December 7, 1944, in San Francisco, California to his parents Gaile Maurice Henry, Sr. and Mary Jean Hoffman Henry.  The Henry’s relocated to Texas in 1945, eventually settling in Beaumont in 1952.

Gaile was a 1963 graduate of South Park High School where he played baseball and basketball. Gaile attended college and played baseball at The University of Texas his freshman year and graduated with a degree in Business from Lamar University in 1968.  Following graduation, Gaile earned his CPA while interning for Haskins & Sells, and soon after began working in the family business, Beaumont Iron & Metal.  His career in the scrap metal industry spanned five decades, and under his leadership and strategic vision, Beaumont Iron & Metal served the community, providing jobs to its employees and additional revenue to many small businesses.

“Big G,” a consummate family man loved to spend his time coaching baseball and attending his many grandchildren’s sporting events.  Additionally, he spent countless hours with friends and family on his boat, the Adelante II, sharing his passion for offshore fishing.

Gaile is survived by his wife, Danna R. Henry; his sister, Susan Henry;  his children, Wade Henry and wife, Wendy; Ashley Henry; Gaile Henry III and wife, Kelly; Traci Gates and husband, Casey; and Gene Brown; his grandchildren, Tyler Brown, Kamryn Gaile Brown, Connor Henry, Mackenzy Henry, Hannah Henry, Hayden Gaile Henry, Carson Gates, and Colten Gates; his brother-in-law, Ray Allen and wife, Sonya; his sister-in-law, Sondra Brashear and husband, Bruce; his niece, Brooke Guseman Seims and husband, Doug Seims; his niece, Nicole Young; his niece, Natalie Toups and her husband Trey; his nieces, Emily Brashear and Courtney Allen; and nephew, Ray Allen III.

A gathering of Mr. Henry’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Haven of Rest, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • September 16, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
  • 4090, Delaware St, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • September 17, 2022
  • 11:00 am


Haven of Rest Cemetery
  • 13851, U.S. 90, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,

Comments (30)

    Jim Cox says:

    Gaile was for over fifty years a friend, but more like a brother. He honored Cathy and me as Gaile III’s godparents. He was a great man in every respect and I will miss him a lot.

    Laura Lanham says:

    Ashley and the Henry Family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know big G will be missed by many. This breaks my heart for you Ashley. I know you were a Daddy’s Girl. My prayers will be with you and your whole Family.

    Angela and Ray Baker says:

    Danna: We send our love and sympathy to you and your family as you grieve the loss of your wonderful husband. My you find peace in knowing he is healed and in his eternal home with Jesus.

    Gary and Darlene Hall says:

    To know Gale was a pleasure.Cutting his hair for 34 years was fun.He was always impeccable with his looks.I enjoyed his fishing stories and all about his kids and grandchildrens ball games. Always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye.Our condelences to his family,he will be missed.

    Melissa and Martin Edwards says:

    Gaile was bigger than life! My favorite name for him was “El Supremo.” Really, Gaile was the most gracious man. We shared so many great times on the Adelante II, fishing in Mexico and Costa Rica. He was a great friend, a great business man and most of all a loving family man. His grandchildren will have so many wonderful memories. Most people count that as a life well lived. Job well done Big G!

    Jerry/Theresa Smith says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of Big Gaile. We haven’t seen him in a long time but have great memories of when the kids were young. He was a great guy & a good friend. Danna & family, you all are in our thoughts & prayers. Jerry & Theresa Smith

    Dan and Rita Patrizi: says:

    Gaile and I became next-door neighbors at the age of 9 and have remained close friends ever since. At the age of 13, he through his “self-proclaimed best pass” I caught while simultaneously colliding with a tree in my front yard knocking me unconscious. All Gaile could say later for several years was “Great Catch”, which about sums up our relationship from little league to fishing offshore in Mexico and Galveston on his boat. After my wife met him on our second date for his 16th birthday party, we remained close friends as couples until present time. We will sadly miss him but will always remember the good times.

    Theresa Flatau says:

    Danna, I am saddened by Gaile’s passing. I will always remember Randy teasing Gaile that he never worked hard enough to put a wrinkle in his shirts or jeans because he always looked impeccable. You have my deepest sympathy. Please extend heartfelt condolences to your family.

    Carol Sanders says:

    May perpetual sunlight shine down on this man we all love. Danna, love and prayers for you, the kids and grandkids. I hope he’s on a boat, above, fishing and smiling down on all of you.

    Raymond Rice says:

    Good friend, Team mate, and all around good man! God is good and will take good care of Gale! Not many of us 93 Greenies left! Rest In Peace!????????

    Renee Adkins says:

    My heart is broken.
    Mr Gaile was such a wonderful friend and patient of mine. He will be missed. Fly high my sweet friend.
    Prayers are going up for his family. ????????

    Barry Bryant says:

    He was such a great man! A gentle spirit he always had and was cool as could be. He was just always fun to be around. You’ll be missed by many my friend!

    Shirley Adams says:

    He will be so missed! Great husband, father & grandfather and friend to many!
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all!

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Please accept our condolences,
    Becky & Rodney Ames
    Beaumont, Texas

    Bill Smartt says:

    From summer baseball to the fraternity house at UT, double dating in his 409 Chevy on my first date with my wife of 57 years, to roommates at summer school in Hawaii, Gaile has been an important part of my life. Rest In Peace “Big Cat”.

    Lisa Mitchell Leblanc says:

    To say that I am sorry for your loss is not enough. There are no adequate words for me to express my condolences for you at this difficult time. “Big G” will be greatly missed.

    Annette+Decuir+Carlson says:

    Heaven has gained a great man! Many memories of offshore fishing with the family & drinking wine at their house. My heartfelt condolences are with all of you. Love you all! Nette

    Larry McCaughn says:

    Sincere condolences to the family. I remember Gaile from our years at South Park High School. He was active (and good) in several sports and very popular with everyone. I can still see him pulling up to the school in his Corvette each morning. May he rest in peace.

    Mike and Joyce Hoffman says:

    To Dana, Ashley, Wade, Littke Gaile and all of the family. Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. Gaile was a kind man and we had great times growing up with him.
    May God comfort all of you with his presence during this difficult time .
    Aunt Joyce and Uncle Mike

    George Wynne says:

    Thanks Gaile, our All Star First Baseman. for being our friend playing Spindletop Little League at age 9 then Pony,
    Colt, and Connie Mack seasons to age 18.

    Those were fun days for so many players and their families.
    You were dedicated to the love of the game and your friends. Wish your your younger Henry family members could have been there with you.

    Stan Killian says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I fondly remember the good times we had at West End Little League, when the boys were young. My prayers go out for Gaile and the family.

    Jack Langston says:

    Fine young man, I remember this fine youngster from baseball many many years ago. Prayer for his fine family.

    Buddy Wiser says:

    Praying for the Family.
    Lost a great friend. Will cherish the memories

    Rachel Homme says:

    My heart goes out to you all for the loss of your dad. Big Gaile was an amazing boss and was like a father figure to me when I worked for him all those years ago. Sending healing prayers to everyone during this tough time. ????????

    Jay Christopher says:

    Praying for all of you at this most difficult time.

    Jane and Joe Bob Kinsel says:

    We are so sorry for your great loss. Sending love and saying prayers for your family’s peace and comfort. ????????

    Kathy Johnson Young says:

    My prayers are with all of Gaile’s family. I am so sorry for his loss. I remember him as such a nice guy in high school.


    I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of your family during this incredibly difficult time.

    Ashley Henry says:

    I love you Daddy so much! You were My hero and my protector. Thank you for being the best daddy a little girl could ever ask for!

    Jack Langston says:

    Ashley I never met his family, it has been a very long time ago I played ball with him. He was a guy that was well liked and good ball player also. I never forgot him or his dad. God bless his family.

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