2012-03-22 / Obituaries

Robert Louis Henderson

Funeral services for Robert Louis Henderson, 92, were held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Springfield Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Norman Williams officiating. Interment was in City West Cemetery, Washington. He died March 4.

Mr. Henderson was a native of Wilkes County and was the son of the late Felix and Lula Hall Henderson of Washington. He attended the Wilkes County public schools and was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church. He served as a deacon and usher and had been honored as the oldest member of the church. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1934 at Fort Benning, Ga., and was honorably discharged on April 4, 1946, in Fort McPherson, Atlanta. During his tour with the army he received several awards including the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with a Bronze Star, American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. After his discharge, he came home to Washington and established his own business as a professional plumber and general contractor. He was respected by other business owners and the community. He was married to Rosa Lee Hall for 52 years before her death. They had shared in ownership of their own community store behind their home. Everybody who knew him knew his best friend, Rex, his beloved dog. He was a member of Shiloh Lodge #63.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Turner; a son and his wife, Ben and Mildred Murray; three grandchildren, Robert Glen Turner, Trudy T. Collins, and Elaine Maddox; six great-grandchildren, Rakirn Turner, Nia Turner, Robert Maddox, Rami Turner, Ricardo Weaver, and Camerin Collins; and seven greatgreat grandchildren.

Members of Shiloh Lodge 63 served as pallbearers; and members of the deacon board of Springfield Baptist Church were honorary pallbearers.

Davenport-McLendon Mortuary Inc. of Washington was in charge of arrangements.

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