Gordon E. Henley, age 68, of McDonough died Friday, March 19, 2004.

Mr. Henley, recipient of a heart transplant in 1996, was a valued member of the transplant community. He served the St. Joseph's Heart Transplant Association as its President in 1998. Gordon also participated, along with 40 others from St. Joseph's in the Transplant Olympics held annually at various locations across the nation. He was a major contributor to "Going Out," an organ donor recruitment program utilizing DMV registration and donor education programs in the schools. Gordon also spearheaded the formation of the "Around-Town Dinners." These quarterly events provided a forum for transplant families to share their experiences.

Celebration of the life of Gordon E. Henley will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21 in the Chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, 2580 Highway 42 North, McDonough, Ga. with the Rev. Tracey Smith and the Rev. Buddy Norton officiating. Interment will follow the service at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 164 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Geraldine (Coviello) Henley; son, Barry E. Henley; and 3 brothers, David, James, and W. C. Henley. His mother, Madeline (Neal) Henley, and his father, Henry Henley, both preceded him in death. Also surviving are Jean Diaz, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and eight nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Gordon E. Henley to the St. Joseph's Mercy Foundation, 5673 Dunwoody Road, NE, Suite 650, Atlanta, GA 30342. (404) 851-5716. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance to heart transplant candidates and recipients who require financial support to access certain medical services, purchase medications, and to meet other family expenses directly associated with heart transplantation at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta.

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