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Davis Enloe Endowment Honors Running Great Garry Henry

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Davis Enloe ’76 learned about Pembroke State University from an article in a Greer, S.C., newspaper. It was a life-changing moment. “The article was on Ed Crain, who was from a nearby high school,” Enloe said. “He was having success as a track coach at Pembroke State University. “At the time, I was working the third shift in a print mill, and knew I didn’t want to do that the rest of my life,” he said. 

Enloe parlayed his talent for running hurdles into a degree from the university and many wonderful memories. After graduation, he taught high school, earned a master’s degree in creative writing and retired from the South Carolina National Guard with the rank of major.

The former track and field standout had not seen Pembroke in 35 years. But when he got the idea of creating an endowed scholarship, Enloe decided to return. “When my wife, Mimi, created an endowment to honor her mother, it caused me to remember Garry Henry, an all-American runner for us,” he said. “Garry was an incredible guy and one of the most authentic people I’ve known. So, I created a cross country scholarship in his honor.” 

Henry is UNCP’s greatest distance runner of all time. Besides earning numerous all-American honors, he led the university to its only team national championship in 1979 under coach Crain. At over $100,000, the Garry Henry scholarship is one of the biggest athletic endowments at UNCP. 

“It’s funny how the best memories are often the ones that don’t cost a thing,” Enloe continued. “Call it nostalgia or longing, or just appreciating where I came from.” Enloe got in touch with the Office of Advancement and planned a trip to Pembroke.  “My younger brother, who is also a graduate, and I came back for homecoming,” he said. “The university has really changed, and it was nice to get back, meet new people and see some old friends. “I met Tim Sigmon, the first recipient of Garry’s scholarship. UNCP has a strong core of runners, and Tim’s done well. I also enjoyed meeting Chancellor Carter, and I feel honored to promote the scholarship and the university.”