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Tom Henderson

November 2, 2018
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The Reverend Thomas B. Henderson passed away on November 2, 2018
in Lexington, KY at the age of 77. He was born on June 16, 1941, in
Cynthiana, KY to the late Earl Thomas Henderson and the late Anna White
Wyles Henderson. He was reared in Bethlehem, KY, where he attended
Point Pleasant Christian Church where he and his family were active
members. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and Lexington
Theological Seminary. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan
Carolyn Fitzgerald, on August 31, 1963. Together they lived a life of
ministry and service that took them throughout the southern United States.
They began at Sparta Christian Church in Sparta, KY, and continued at
First Christian Church, Owenton, KY where they welcomed a daughter,
Angela Joan; Kings Highway Christian Church, Shreveport, LA; First
Christian Church, Greenville, MS where they welcomed another daughter,
Audra Denise; Crestwood Christian Church, Crestwood, KY; Marbach
Christian Church, San Antonio, TX; a return to First Christian Church,
Greenville, MS; First Christian Church, Glennville, GA; and First Christian
Church, Irvine, KY. After Joanie’s passing, God blessed Tom with another
love, Sylvia Crowe Wilson. They married on October 11, 2008, and they
cherished and supported one another through the remainder of his life.
During his ministry, Tom took an active role in leadership of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). He served as the President of the Great River
Regional Assembly, was a leader in the Southwest, Georgia, and Kentucky
Regional Assemblies; was a board member and camp counselor in
Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia; and was recognized with numerous
awards for his dedication and service.
Tom was one of the few remaining Renaissance men. His interests and
hobbies included woodworking, gunsmithing, car and motorcycle
restoration, hunting, fishing, and any sport that involved the use of a ball.
He was always up for new adventures and challenges. His motto was: “I
have an education and a book, so I can do anything.” More than anything,
though, he loved the Lord, and used these many talents and interests to
build relationships and bring others closer to God. As a matter of fact, the
first time he led someone to accept Christ was on a golf course. It was
often said that Tom was “a preacher who was the same man on Sunday
morning as he was on Friday night.” Even as he battled Parkinson’s
disease and dementia, and his body and memories were stolen from him,
what remained, driving him daily, was the essence of Jesus. He was a

beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, faithful friend, and is forever our
precious Brother Tom.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Thomas Henderson and
Anna White Wyles Henderson; his brother, Robert Dean Henderson; and
his wife, Joan Carolyn Fitzgerald Henderson.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Crowe Henderson; his daughters Angela
Joan Henderson Riddell and husband Stan Riddell and Audra Denise
Henderson Gaines and husband Michael Scott Gaines; stepson Michael
Douglas Wilson and wife Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Howe Wilson; brother Joe
Earl Henderson; sister Sue Ann Henderson Boyer and husband Joseph
Earl “Jody” Boyer; grandchildren Joshua Allen Hernandez, Jonathan Alan
Ashworth, Joseph Alexander Ashworth, Landon Thomas Gaines, and Anna
Payton Gaines; step-granddaughter Meggie Elyse Wilson, and nieces and
nephews.
Arrangements are as follows: Visitation is set for Friday, November 9,
2018 at 4:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 270 Main Street, Irvine, KY;
Visitation on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at
Prewitt Funeral Home, 425 North Main Street, New Castle, KY with a
private interment service immediately following; and a Celebration of Life
Service on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at First Christian
Church, 270 Main Street, Irvine, KY. Pallbearers are Stan Riddell, Michael
Gaines, Joshua Hernandez, Jonathan Ashworth, Joseph Ashworth, and
Landon Gaines. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Henderson, Jody Boyer,
Butch Fitzgerald, Jerry Fitzgerald, Jack Johnson, Joe Wyles, Michael
Wilson, Pete Dawes, Steve Garrett, Verlon Prewitt, and Joe Warren. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church of Irvine, KY
or to Lexington Theological Seminary.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

9

Nov

4:00 PM 11/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
Irvine First Christian

270 Main St,
Irvine, KY 40336

Irvine First Christian
270 Main St, Irvine 40336 KY
United States

Visitation

Saturday

10

Nov

11:00 AM 11/10/2018 11:00:00 AM - 3:00 PM 11/10/2018 3:00:00 PM
Prewitt Funeral Home

425 North Main Street
New Castle, KY 40050

Prewitt Funeral Home
425 North Main Street New Castle 40050 KY
United States

Service

Sunday

11

Nov

4:00 PM 11/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
Irvine First Christian

270 Main St,
Irvine, KY 40336

Irvine First Christian
270 Main St, Irvine 40336 KY
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

New Castle Cemetery Final Resting Place

425 North Main St.
New Castle , KY 40050

425 North Main St. New Castle 40050 KY
United States
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