McIntyre a worthy WR Hall of Fame honoree

October 3, 2012 

Henrietta McIntyre was born and raised in Lincoln County as Henrietta Glidewell. When the construction of Robins Air Force Base began, she came to Middle Georgia to look for a job. She had a sister already living in the area who was teaching school in Bonaire.

She went to work on the base and married Bob McIntyre in 1945, but the couple had to move to Macon because there were no facilities in Wellston, what Warner Robins was called then, where they could live. When the Ziegler apartments were completed in 1948, they moved back to Warner Robins. She worked for Southern Bell Telephone until she resigned to be a full-time mother to her son Kevin.

Henrietta immediately became involved in the life of her community and her church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She served on the Community Chest Board, later known as the United Way, and was a pink lady at the Houston County Hospital. She helped to organize the Warner Robins Pilots Club and was a member of the Warner Robins Jaycettes, the Sacred Heart School Board and was chairwoman of the Sacred Heart Building Committee for the recently completed Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building on Davis Drive.

“Ms. McIntyre displays the same quality of leadership in our church community that she manifested in her service to the civic community. Henrietta is a devoted and committed Catholic, and her leadership was essential in the building of our new church,” said Fred Nijem, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church who has known McIntyre for 22 years.

From the beginning, McIntyre had an interest in politics. She first ran for office in 1964 but was defeated. In 1974, she was one of the first two women elected to the Warner Robins City Council, where she served for 21 years. She held the office of mayor pro-tem several times. She was appointed acting mayor of Warner Robins by City Council and served 1993-1994.

Jim Elliott, city attorney for Warner Robins, has known McIntyre his entire life and worked with her while she was on council and serving as mayor.

“I was honored when she and her peers appointed me as the city attorney in 1985,” Elliott said. “From my observation, Mrs. McIntyre always spoke for the people -- the average citizens -- as a member of the City Council, and they had a voice in the local government through her. She took the reins of our city during a particularly difficult period in the 1990s and served admirably as the acting mayor. She was the right person in the right place at the right time, and Warner Robins survived a dark chapter under her leadership. Like many of our early community leaders, she was not born here, but this became her home, and Warner Robins is a better place today because of her sacrifices for our community.”

During her years on City Council, McIntyre served on many local and state committees. She was a member of the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council for 18 years and served as chairwoman.

She also served on the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council and the Middle Georgia Police Academy Council.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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