1853 - November 13, 1937
|Fifty years ago the Louisiana Annual Conference met in Shreveport. Among its official acts was the admission into our traveling ministry of one the lay delegates from the Shreveport District, William F. Henderson. At the close of half a century of ministerial life and service, he passed to an eternal reward at. Stephenville, Texas, on Nov. 13, 1937. We pause today in his memory and give expression to our learn.
Born in 1853 in Caddo. Parish, W; F. Henderson was the son of James D. Henderson and Martha Ford. In this vicinity he grew to manhood, and near here he spent the greater part of his life.
In 1873 he united with the Old Friendship Methodist Church, where he served as steward and Sunday school superintendent. Feeling God’s cal1 to the ministry, he was licensed to, preach in 1883.: At the annual conference of 1887, held in January, 1888, he was ‘admitted on trial.
A period of thirty-one years in the active pastorate followed in serving in the Grand Cane, Pleasant Hill, Greenwood, Arcadia, Homer, Haughton, Gibsland, Rayville, Winnsboro, Many, and Mooningsport charges. A period of nineteen years in the superannuate relation followed, during which time he made his home in Cedar Grove where he lived and labored in the church and community life.
Brother Henderson was married first in 1875 to Miss Mary Ida Dockery: and of this union were born Dr. James Edward Henderson, a resident of Belcher, La., until, his death in 1916; Mrs. Virgil H. Wallace, Stephenville, Texas, where he was visiting at the time of his death; and the Rev. W. F. Henderson, Jr., a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference, stationed at Clay.
Married the second time in 1888 to Miss Lucie Sample, five children were born of the union: the Rev. H. C. Henderson, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Dr. Walter Henderson, chief radiologist at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital at the time of his death in 1935; Mrs. Julius T. Long, Mrs. Shirley Betts, and Mrs. W. J. Hickman, all of Shreveport, La.
God blessed this faithful servant of the Church with a staunch faith, a firm character, high ideals, and a friendly and winning personality. He lived an active Christian life. His quiet assurance of God gave him unusual power in prayer. Often sought by friends for counsel, he gave out of his many years of the experience of God’s goodness and grace. He loved to preach and he loved to teach. He took special interest in the younger men of the conference to encourage them. He enjoyed the esteem and love of his brethren, and often conducted our conference love feasts with pleasure and profit to all.
We are not afraid to give him into the keeping of the Eternal God. Choice spirits like his will be at home in heaven. We shall miss him, but we rejoice in the race that he ran, and the victory that he won. May a double portion of his spirit rest upon his loved ones and upon the brethren he has left behind.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 104-105, 1937, by H. L. Johns|