Tahlequah Daily Press


February 10, 2014

James “Jim” Duncan Henderson

WELLING — Funeral services for James “Jim” Duncan Henderson will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Sequoyah High School Gym in Tahlequah with Brother Choogie Kingfisher officiating. Wake services will be observed at Reed-Culver Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 9, from noon until 5 p.m. also at Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Interment will be held at McCoy Cemetery in Sallisaw. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

James Henderson, or Jim to his family and friends, was born on July 19, 1947 in Tahlequah, the son of William Lawrence and Geneva (Butler) Henderson. Jim graduated from Wagoner High School in 1965, and was a member of the state championship team that year. Upon graduating high school, he enrolled at Connors State College, where he then graduated in 1967.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country honorably from Sept. 26, 1967 until he was discharged on Feb. 5 of 1971, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and two Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Frame, Combat Action Ribbon, and National Defense Service Metal.

 Following the war years, Jim returned to school and attained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He was a member of the Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity. He supervised an EMS service in Wagoner and always tried to help those in need whenever he had the chance. He served his community and those around him as an alcohol and drug counselor at Bill Willis, Jack Brown, and Green Country Mental Health Services.

Jim never met a stranger. He made you feel like your thoughts and feelings were of importance. He knew how to listen. He loved children and worked as a counselor at Sequoyah School. When he had the time, he loved being home to play his guitar, which he taught himself, being raised in a family of musical people. There was his loving canine companion, Yona and his cat, Pi. He loved attending ballgames, and Sequoyah was his favorite team in any sport. He was always in possession of scouting reports and stats on the rival teams.

The love of his life, Mary Catherine HorseChief, became his bride on June 6, 1992, at Dwight Mission near Sallisaw. They enjoyed each other’s company and made beautiful memories for 22 years together. Jim passed from this life to his eternal rest at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Welling, with his loved ones gathered close to his side. Jim was 66 years old. He will be greatly missed as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Walisi Henderson in 1996; and one sister, Sharon “Jo” Purget.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include his wife, Mary, of the home in Welling. He leaves two sisters, Linda Gonino and husband Dr. John Gonino of Rockwell, Texas, and Janet Skinner and husband Fred of Wagoner. He leaves eighteen nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and people whose lives are a little brighter because they met Jim.

Those wishing to send an expression of sympathy are asked to make donations to Tahlequah Men’s Homeless Shelter, 118 W. Keetoowah St., Tahlequah, OK 74464; Attn: Becky Stevens.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.

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