Abraham Mahshie – Contributing Writer
Becky Henry was at the shooting range again Sunday because she feels threatened. The 67-year-old, 93-pound widow of war hero Nathan B. Henry said she carries her Smith & Wesson 380 EZ slide wherever she goes. Convenience store footage from February 2017 captured a man threatening to kill her.
“When I go to Walmart, I look through the parking lot to see if his vehicle is there,” she said. “I encourage all my women friends now to get a concealed carry permit.”
Henry believes the same man who threatened her also desecrated Henry’s grave the first week of October. And she doesn’t believe he’s finished yet. Local chapters of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans Association have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for damaging the tombstone of the former Vietnam veteran and Prisoner of War (POW).
A vandal took a chisel or a screwdriver to the gravestone, said Henry, targeting the etching of her face, a portrait made from her high school yearbook photo.
“If you’re capable of doing that, what are you going to do next?” she said. “It’s aimed at me.”
Of the gravestone, Henry said: “I don’t want a Band-Aid fix. I’ll buy a new one, because I don’t want to go over and look at that.”
Henry said she visits the gravestone weekly when she’s in town, and often stops on the road outside the Burning Town Baptist Church to make sure the American flag she planted nearby is still standing strong.
“You can’t miss that man’s grave,” she said, describing how she met Henry on a blind date, married him and he later adopted her four-year-old son, John. John later changed his last name to Henry.
“God gave me that man for a reason, for me to take care of him.”