KINSTON - Dr. John P. Henderson Jr., 92, left us at 9:58 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. John P. Henderson Sr. and Pansy Justice Henderson; his brother, Joseph Henderson; and his first wife, Jackie Strickland Henderson, who was the mother of his four children. Born in Portsmouth, Va., John spent most of his life in Eastern North Carolina and always treasured his experiences in Snead Ferry, on the river, and on the family farm. His early education included Jacksonville, N.C.'s public schools and Virginia Episcopal School. After one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he joined the N.C. Highway Patrol, where he served from 1941-1944. He then finished his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest College, and went on to study at UNC and Bowman Gray Schools of Medicine, which led to a residency at Watts Hospital in Durham, N.C. Before specializing in urology at N.C. Memorial Hospital and Watts Hospital, John was in general practice in Onslow County for eight years. In 1964, he formed Kinston Urological Associates where he practiced until 2004. He left behind many pleasant memories of the hospitals and medical associates of his past. He was always happy at work or play, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. John is survived by his current wife, Mary B.A. Henderson and his four children, Mary Lynn Howell (Jack), John P. Henderson III, Sandy Henderson, and Lea Anna Whitehead (Mike). Also surviving are his stepchildren, Jackie Epperson (Tom), Jennifer Garner, and John Amyette. His grandchildren are McGavock H. Edwards (Jeff), Will and Matt Whitehead, Michael and Julie Henderson; and great-grandchild, Elijah Edwards. Step-grandchildren are Dan and Will Epperson, Sarah G. Cannady (Kyle), John Garner (Jennifer), Zeb Garner and step-great-grandchild, Zoe Cannady. A sister, Pansy W. Williams (Arthur) and many nieces and nephews also survive. A memorial service and visitation will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Edwards Funeral Home in Kinston, N.C. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University or The Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw. Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from June 20 to June 23, 2012