GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsors: Senators Winner; Soles, Royall, Richardson, Walker, Basnight, Hunt, Cooper, Shaw, Murphy, Ballance, Goldston, Johnson, Cochrane, Daughtry, Carpenter, Smith, Forrester, Carter, Martin of Guilford, Martin of Pitt, Conder, Allran, Hyde, Tally, Sands, Blackmon, Simpson, Seymour, Perdue, Parnell, Daniel, Marvin, Plyler, Odom, Plexico, Ward, Pollard, Kincaid, Block, Bryan, Speed, Sherron, Kaplan, Warren, Hartsell, Raynor, Staton, and Lee.
Whereas, Henson Perrymoore Barnes was born in Bladen County on November 18, 1934, to Reverend Lalon L. and Mable Cumbee Barnes; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes was educated at Garland High School, Wilmington College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1961; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes served honorably in the United States Army as a paratrooper from 1953 to 1956 and for his distinguished service, received citations and letters of commendation from Battalion, Regimental, and Divisional Commands; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes married Kitty Allen on August 27, 1961, and from their union came two daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Richards and Ms. Amy Barnes; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes is a successful attorney and farmer; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes is a partner in the Goldsboro law firm of Barnes, Braswell, Haithcock and Warren; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes served on the Energy Policy Council and the Courts Commission and has been active in many community, civic, and fraternal organizations, including the Masonic Order, Shriners, Elks, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Civitan Club, the Goldsboro Jaycees, as President, Woodmen of the World, serving as National Trustee, and the Goldsboro Rescue Squad as Legal Advisor; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes has been active in professional and agricultural organizations, serving as a member of the Wayne County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and serving on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Blueberry Association, and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Grape Growers Association; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes' honors and awards, too numerous to be listed herein, include Outstanding Legislator Awards from a number of organizations; the 1987 National Environmental Award, presented by former President Ronald Reagan; the 1985 United States Great American Family of the Year Award, presented by former first lady Nancy Reagan; Man of the Year from Woodmen of the World in 1985; an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from William Carter College in 1979; the Robert H. Futrelle Good Government Award in 1975; Outstanding Jaycee President, Southeast Region in 1964; and Outstanding Young Man Award for Goldsboro in 1963; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes has served his church, First Baptist Church of Goldsboro, as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, and, as a member of the Budget and Finance Board; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes has been an important member of the Democratic Party, serving as Chairman of the Wayne County Democratic Party and former President of the Wayne County Young Democrats; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes was elected to and served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 to 1977, and as a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1977 to 1992; and
Whereas, while serving in the General Assembly, Henson P. Barnes has served with distinction on and chaired numerous committees and has served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1989 to 1992; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes has provided the leadership that has helped the North Carolina Senate develop into an independent and self-governing body; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes is a highly respected member of the North Carolina Senate and is often referred to by his colleagues on the Senate floor as a "lawyer's lawyer”and the "conscience of the Senate"; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes provided the insight and the leadership which resulted in the North Carolina Air Cargo Airport Authority Act; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes has continued to provide the legislative leadership necessary to ensure the development of the Global TransPark; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes is admired by members of his profession, community, and State; and
Whereas, Henson P. Barnes deserves to be recognized by the members of the North Carolina Senate for his distinguished public service;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate:
Section 1. The Senate honors the accomplishments of Henson Perrymoore Barnes, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and proclaims June 25, 1992, as "Henson Perrymoore Barnes Day."
Sec. 2. The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to Senator Henson P. Barnes.
Sec. 3. This resolution is effective upon adoption.