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John Wayne Henderson Sr.

john henderson

June 25, 1956 ~ June 2, 2023

Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, entered into eternal rest on June 2, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born to Willie Henderson and Geneva Mae Hardaway on June 25, 1956 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio.

John was a hardworking man and loved his family more than all else. He met and married the love of his life, Mary Virginia Gates, nee Morgan, on December 2, 1994. The two shared a blissful union of almost 30 years together.

John proudly served in the United States Navy from 1974 to 1977, where he was a member of recovery operations for U.S. service members killed in action in Vietnam. Following his military service, he worked and retired as a career logistician for Fiber Glass Systems in San Antonio.

In his spare time, he loved playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, accepting without hesitation the role of parent and jungle gym to all children of the Henderson Family. As a believer in good luck, John regularly played the lottery and enjoyed visiting casinos with Mary. He was also incredibly handy and enjoyed both woodworking and computer-building projects. He always looked forward to annual cruises with Mary, frequenting Cancun and the Caribbean.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be dearly missed and continue to be loved by all who knew him.

John was greeted in heaven by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife Mary V. Henderson; his children John Henderson Jr., Kaz Henderson, Lisa Gates, and Charles Gates; eight (8) grandchildren: Kaylyn Henderson, Veyda Henderson, Yuri Henderson-Gershick, Kazper Henderson, Neelex Henderson, Troy Fielding Jr., Trecelle Fielding, and Trunique Fielding; two (2) great-grandchildren: Armando Castillo Jr. and Navaeh Fielding; brother Kenneth Henderson; sister Lottie Henderson; and numerous other close relatives and friends throughout Texas.

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  1. I am grateful for the relationship I was able to build with Dad over the last almost-30 years, following a period apart; and am thankful for the lessons – and disagreements – about life and love, and our mutual disdain for the Cowboys. (lol)

    I love you, old man. Rest in power.

  2. CandleImageThank you John for never turning your back on us.Thank you for the wisdom you shared over the years.Thank you for being a provider and loving person.Thank you for the tough love…And help raising all the grandkids and greats.We love you and honor your spirit.Rest easy pops your daughter,baby girl.thank you for being the best husband to my mother… taking care of her…help me to be half the person you are💪☕

  3. CandleImageMy favorite uncle never one to hold back his thoughts or opinions. The stories you could tell are what I will miss most. Oh man we could argue and laugh about politics. I grew close to John as a teen and thank God for that time. I grew and learned so much from you. Always telling me how proud you of me and my sister thank you for everything I love you always uncle John.

    Your niece Peaches.

  4. I saw John a month ago. He came over and asked if I remembered him. I Hollered YES! We laughed for a moment and then he walked away. Wow…I love you all.

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