Henry County commissioner dead from COVID-19

Henry County Commissioner Gary Barham died this morning due to complications from COVID-19, according to county officials.

Barham served as Henry County’s District 3 Commissioner since his election in 2013 and spent much of his life in service to the Henry County community.

“His passing is an immense loss for all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” county officials said in a social media post.

Service arrangements have not been finalized but will be released when they are confirmed.

Barham leaves behind his wife Becky, two sons, Adam and Josh, as well as five grandchildren. He grew up in Henry County and retired from the city of McDonough, where hew as Director of Public Works.

Barham was a McDonough volunteer fireman, and received his First Class Firefighter Certificate. He served on the committee for the Olympic Torch Relay and the Paralympics Torch Relay which traveled through McDonough.

For several years, he participated in the annual Mayor’s Motorcade, delivering Christmas gifts to Milledgeville Central State Hospital. He was responsible for bringing the first Veterans Day Program to the square, and he was also the Henry County Fair Chairman and helped organize County Fair Day for the Special Needs Community.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, an active member or both First Families of Henry County and the Henry County Moose Lodge, and he delivers Meals-On-Wheels to the senior citizens of Henry County.

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