The Commerce Journal

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December 21, 2007

Henry making his mark on Commerce, community

This is one in a series of profiles on people in the Commerce community written by Texas A&M; University-Commerce students in Dr. Lamar Bridges journalism class.

Commerce native and basketball enthusiast Tony Henry has made his mark on this East Texas community, with only high aspirations for the future remaining.

Born March 11, 1968, Henry grew up and has lived in Commerce for 38 years. A strong supporter of sports at the schools his son and daughter attend, he has become deeply involved with his children’s extracurricular activities and O’Reilly Auto Parts in Commerce.

This past May, Henry was selected during general elections to serve on the Commerce City Council, where he attends meetings twice a month and helps in the decision-making process.

“The main purpose is to just take care of the citizens of this city, the ones who elected me, and the ones who didn’t as well,” Henry said.

Having always been interested in motor vehicles, Henry decided to get into the automotive business and began working at O’Reilly Auto Parts eight years ago. He is now the manager at the local O’Reilly on Live Oak Street.

“I love working on vehicles, and I love the automotive industry,” Henry said.

According to Henry, before starting at O’Reilly, he worked in banking for Brinks Home Security. Although he did not dislike his job, it was often a headache and involved a large amount of paperwork, without enough interaction with the people.

“Sitting in an office is not mingling with people; I like to be around people,” Henry said.

Graduating from Commerce High School, Henry has always been a big supporter of the Tiger basketball teams at every level of schooling. His son, senior Anthony “Junebug” II, and daughter, eighth-grader Christian, both play basketball on the competitive level for their schools.

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