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James Morris Henderson
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 • Posted January 18, 2012

James Morris Henderson was born on November 5, 1919, in the home of his grandparents, Juda C. and Ellen Redford Winkler on Willow Creek near Llano, Texas. His parents were James Horace Henderson and Imogene Redford Winkler. He passed away on January 11, 2012, at Seton/Kyle Hospital in Kyle, Texas following a brief illness. Morris spent his formative years on the family ranch in Llano County where he developed a lifelong love of the land. Following graduation from Llano High School, he attended Texas A&M University in College Station, and in the summer of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He received his civilian flight training at Shriner’s Field in Kerrville and later took Navy flight training in Kansas and southern California. During World War II he was a co-pilot for the plane which was a modified version of the B 24 called the ‘Liberator. He served in the Asiatic Pacific campaign, the Philippines and the American Campaign. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Gold Star Attachments, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Star Attachments, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. The plane’s insignia was ‘Wolverines.” The pilot of the PBY106 was Joe Huber who became a cherished lifetime friend. Following his discharge from the Navy, Morris returned to Texas where he met and married Dorothy Lee Haberer on July 25, 1947. They have one child, Jim Henderson of Wimberley. Morris and Dorothy lived on the ranch in Llano until 2001 when they retired in Wimberley. He was employed by the U.S. Post Office in Llano from 1955 to 1980. During his years in Llano Morris farmed, raised goats and cattle and was one of the first to introduce improved grasses such as willman love grass into the area. He was a member of the Llano County Soil Conservation District, a board member of the Llano Memorial Hospital and a devoted member and Deacon in the Valley Springs Primitive Baptist Church. There was elegance to this humble man who loved living in the country, farming, fishing, hunting and sharing the bounty of his large garden with his neighbors. He was a Texas history buff and was very interested in genealogy. The Redford branch of his family settled in Texas as early as 1848. Morris is preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Imogene Henderson and two sisters, Geraldine Jordan and Inell Henderson. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 64 years; one son, Jim Henderson and wife Gene of Wimberley; four step grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. While Morris was serving in the South Pacific, his dad had trouble sleeping at night, afraid that his only son would not return from the war. One day his dad, Horace, was plowing in the field when a military plane flew over, low in the sky. For a reason no one will ever know, the pilot tipped his wing as he flew over Horace Henderson on his tractor. From that moment on, the father slept soundly, convinced that his son would return safely from the war. Once again the faithful son has made the safe journey home.Funeral services will be held Monday January 16, 2012 at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 P.M. with Brother Larry Hausenfluke officiating, burial to follow at the Llano City Cemetery. Pallbearers will include, Larry Bush, Jimmy Shook, Gene Scott, Harold Scott, Eddie Henderson and Jim Ike Dodson.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salem Cemetery Association, PO Box 5666 Valley Spring, Texas 76885.Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon.net or you may log onto our website, www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

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