By Jeremy Pittari, Item Correspondent
The Picayune Item
“He was more than a coach. He was a motivator,” said Clinton Baker, during Saturday’s memorial service for long time Carver High School football coach Marion Lorenzo Henley. “We need more role models like Chief was.”
Henley coached at what was Carver High School in the 1960s, a school that closed at the end of segregation in Picayune in 1969. When the school closed, he and his family moved to Baltimore where he continued a history of influencing young people to achieve their dreams.
Henley was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. As coach, he established a substantial winning streak, 64 straight games in a row. Overall his teams won 112 games, losing only six.
Saturday afternoon the pews inside Pleasant Valley Baptist Church were filled to capacity as the community that knew him best gathered to honor the memory of a man who touched the lives of so many by giving them the confidence and motivation to achieve their dreams.
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