Dr. Donald Claude Henard, 69, of Greeneville, Greene Co
TN, a retired orthopedic surgeon and widely-known
community figure, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Laughlin
Dr. Henard was born October 21, 1938, in Greene County, TN.
He was the son of the late Dr. Hal and Mildred Henard.
He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Todd Henard.
He was a 1956 graduate of Greeneville High School.
Following his graduation, he attended Marion Military
Institute in Marion, ALA, Clemson University in SC, and
the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN.
He then entered the United States Army. At the conclusion
of his Army duties, Dr. Henard completed his undergraduate
studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson
He then pursued his medical training at the University of
Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis, TN. Following medical
school, Dr. Henard entered an orthopedic residency program
at the renowned Campbell Clinic in Memphis.
He then completed an additional specialty program in
orthopedic hand surgery at the University of Iowa before
returning to Memphis, where he entered private medical
practice as an orthopedic surgeon.
Upon retirement, he and his wife of 49 years, the former
Jean Deaton, returned in 2001 to Greene County, where they
had built a home. Dr. Henard was an active farmer and in
addition, gave many hours of service to the community in
An active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, he
also participated in a number of Greeneville civic groups
as well as other local organizations in the fields of
government, economic development, education, and health.
Local activities in which he was involved included the
Greene County Partnership, of which he was a former
chairman, and the Greeneville-Greene County Airport
Authority, of which he was the current chairman.
He also served as a trustee of Tusculum College, the
Laughlin Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Greeneville
City Schools Foundation, and was a member of the board of
directors of the Niswonger Foundation.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one son and
daughter-in-law, Dr. David Hal Henard and Cheryl Henard of
Wake Forest, NC; one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Deborah
Henard MacFawn and Edward T. MacFawn of Knoxville, TN;
seven grandchildren, Michael Todd Henard, Robert Hal
Henard, Elizabeth Blake Henard, Tristan Edward MacFawn,
Ella Caroline MacFawn, Sophie Virginia MacFawn, and Lila
Grace MacFawn; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Henard
Love and John C. Love; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-
law, Jack and Joyce Deaton, Mary Katherine Deaton of
Johnson City, TN, and Jonnie and Jimmy Pierce of
Greeneville, TN; and his special nieces and nephews, Jim
Pierce, Julia P. Cali, Amanda D. Leach, David Deaton,
Kayte Deaton, Chris Buckles, Matthew Buckles, and Susan
The family received friends Saturday, May 24, 2008, at
Doughty-Stevens from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral service
followed visitation at 7 p.m. in the Doughty-Stevens
The Rev. David Woody and Rev. Jeannie Higgins officiated.
A private committal service was held on Sunday, May 25,
2008 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Active pallbearers were
Chief Hugh Wells, Charles Brooks, Jason Brandon, Lloyd
'Shorty' Harmon, Edward T. MacFawn, Scott Niswonger,
Richard Roberts, and Chuck Whitfield. Honorary pallbearers
were the physicians and staff of Laughlin Memorial
Hospital, Ralph'Buddy' Boswell, Terry Leonard, Bill E.
Ricker,Oliver Buzz Thomas, Tom Garland, Sr., and Ray Adams.
Because of Dr. Henard’s lifelong commitment to education,
the family has requested that memorials may be directed to
the Laughlin Foundation or the Niswonger Foundation for
the purpose of providing scholarships to deserving
students. Condolences may be sent to the Henard family