Barry R. Henderson has resigned his post as Floyd County Coroner effective immediately. Henderson, who was just re-elected in November 2016, has served as coroner since being appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes in 1998 to serve the remaining term for former coroner. He was officially elected to the office in 2000 and re-elected every term since. He is the owner of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home Inc. and Rome Memorial Park, South.
“It is for health and personal reasons. My family has supported me in everything I’ve every done. I’m now 57 and with the responsibilities with the funeral home and the office of the Coroner, I just need some time to devote to my family,” he says. “I’m not sick or anything, but stress does lead to illness. The responsibilities are overwhelming with the duties of the coroner and serving the families of Floyd County through Henderson and Sons Funeral Home. And I don’t handle stress like I used to, so it is time for me to step aside.”
He noted it was a resignation and not a retirement.
“It’s time for a change in the office of the Coroner. I don’t feel like I can be a voice while in office because I don’t want the change to look self-serving. But I can be a voice of change when I step aside from the office. I’m not mad or sick…its just time for change.”
A replacement to fill his unexpired term will be appointed by Probate Judge Steve Burkhalter. He told WRGA radio that Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor is “the kind of man that we are going to need to take Barry’s place.”