Calvin Lewis Henderson was born August 17, 1928, at home in Good Hope, AL, to his parents Henry Clay and Mary Ollie Hall Henderson. He went home to meet his Lord Jesus Christ on March 14, 2014. He was the youngest of nine children, having three brothers and five sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Joe, George, Roy, Jessie, Floyce, Kate, Frances, Margaret and his nephew Joe Lawrence Henderson, who was raised in his home as a brother, and his brother in law Jim Barnette. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Barnette Henderson of the home and two sons, Richard and wife Cindy, and Griff and wife Shari of Edmond. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lauren and husband Jeff Mains, of Edmond, OK, Brock of Oklahoma City, OK, Kirt of Shawnee, OK, and Clay and wife Hannah of Hoover, AL. Also surviving are three special great- grandsons Brody, Brixton, and Cash Mains; brother-in-law Charles Barnette, wife Sue, niece and nephew, Sonya Steele and Greg Barnette and their families of Troy, AL; sister-in-law Carolyn Barnette and nieces and nephew, Debbie Park, Chris Barnette, Barbara Barnette, Carol Barnette and Ramona Goetz and their families of Dothan and Troy AL, GA and LA; Eve Henderson and family and Joe Wallenstein and wife Sandy and family of GA and extended family throughout the United States.
Calvin served five years in the US Army in the Occupying Forces of Japan and served 31 months in Okinawa during the Korean War. He was awarded various medals and attained the rank of Master Sergeant and was assigned to the US Quartermaster Corp. During his tour in Okinawa he was selected as a player for the United States Army All-Star basketball team and was named Most Valuable Player for the team in winning the all-service tournament for the Far East winning over Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard teams. After being discharged from service he played minor league baseball for the Montgomery Rebels, which was a farm club of the Boston Red Sox. He was also a passionate fisherman and loved Alabama football. ROLL TIDE!!!
Calvin was employed eleven years with Steiner-Loman Dry Goods in Montgomery, AL. He was a sales rep traveling the northern half of AL and MS. In 1965 he moved his family to Edmond, OK, when he accepted a position with Sewell Manufacturing Clothing Co. of Bremen, GA, and traveled OK and parts of TX, NM and AR as a regional sales rep for the next thirty-one years.
After retirement from the clothing industry, Calvin entered his second career in the real estate field. He was a sales realtor associate with the Prudential/Alliance Co. in the Edmond office. Being the professional salesman, he was successful from the beginning and was named “Rookie of the Year” and added to the Sales Honor Society. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors of the Edmond Board of Realtors.
He was charter member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church and was active there for 37 years. He served on the Building Committee and Sports Committees over a period of years. He is a current member of Waterloo Road Baptist Church where his son, Griff, is pastor.
During his years at HHBC, he coached two 18 Year Old and Under Boys softball teams into national tournaments in 1979 and 1980. He also served as president of the Edmond Amateur Softball Association for several years and was known as “The Godfather of Henderson Hills Softball”. He served eight years on the Edmond Park and Recreation Advisory Board.
Calvin was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was true, loyal and faithful to his family and friends. Services will be Monday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Waterloo Road Baptist Church, Edmond, OK. Rev. Kenneth Lay officiating.
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