Wallace C. Henderson, the third and youngest child of John Lindsey Henderson and Hettie Code Henderson, was born on November 8, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana. His early years were spent living in Frierson and Shreveport, Louisiana. His teens were spent in Port Arthur, Texas.
After attending Port Arthur Lincoln High School, he enlisted in the Army
. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1949 as a Corporal, having served as an auto mechanic during World War II
, stationed primarily in Germany. He continued his military serve as an auto mechanic during the Korean War; he received another Honorable Discharge in 1952 as a Sergeant First Class.
Following discharge from the military, he enrolled in Texas Southern University, graduating in 1957, with a B.S. in Business Administration Degree. During that time he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He obtained a real estate license and remained active as a realtor until his employment with the state of Texas. He was the first black insurance examiner for the Texas State Board of Insurance, from which he retired after working 28 years.
He joined a newly established baptist church known as Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in 1964 where he served as a deacon. For 41 years he volunteered in Boy Scouting with Troop and Pack 242, W.L. Davis District. For his years of service to the District, Troop, and Pack, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2010. During his years of Scouting he witnessed his son and three grandsons earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Nelwyn Moon Henderson. He is survived by his son, Steven C. Henderson; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Henderson-Gossett, M.D. and Garland Gossett, M.D.; grandsons Joshua, Jared and Steven Gossett; older sisters Helen H. Britton and Johnnie H. Green; nephew Darryl Green, brother-in-law and sister-in-law T.C. and Dorothy Nell Moon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Viewing and Celebration of Life Service will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 9:00am and 10:00am, respectfully at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Ave., Houston, Texas 77004. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to SHAC BSA W.L. Davis District, 2225 N Loop West Fwy, Houston, Texas 77008.