March 3, 1919 - March 9, 2012 SHAWNEE Almon E. Henson, prominent Shawnee attorney, died March 9th at a local hospital. He was born on March 3, 1919, to Charles Thomas Henson and Josephine Letha McCoy Henson in Pauls Valley. The family left Oklahoma during the dust bowl days to find work, ultimately living in Arizona and California and working in migrant camps while living in tents. Almon attended the University of Oklahoma and East Central University, where he received a Teacher's Certificate. He served as the principal of the two-room Crossroads School in Garvin County 1940-1942, teaching his younger brother and friends. He served in the military, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 8th Army Air Corps stationed in England. He was hand picked as one of 15 from 15,000 soldiers to serve in the Air Technical Intelligence, where he headed the clerical team that catalogued intelligence information found by the scout teams in Germany.Almon married Helen Gertrude McElmurry June 7, 1946. Together they had two children, Roger and Karen. After 42 happy years of marriage, Helen preceded him in death. He married Marjorie Caldwell Henson October 28, 1989, and they spent 22 wonderful years together.Almon attended OU Law School, graduating in 1948. He practiced law for 57 years in Shawnee, retiring from full-time practice in 2005 at the age of 85. During that period, he served as County Attorney, President of Oklahoma Association of County Attorneys, President of Pottawatomie County Bar Association, and President of Kiwanis Club of Shawnee. He served as a Special Justice on the Oklahoma Court of Appeals on several occasions as well as serving as a Justice for the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi and Iowa tribes of Oklahoma. For a number of years, he was Pottawatomie County Election Board Secretary in addition to his law practice. He was also a member of the Cattlemen's Association, and he served for 34 years as counsel for Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative. Almon was a member of the OBU Athletic Association and was an avid OBU basketball supporter. He was a member of the OBU President's Council for over 20 years.Almon was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen McElmurry Henson; and by his sister, Charlene Yancey. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Caldwell Henson; his son, J. Roger Henson, and his wife, Robbie Helmich Henson; his daughter, Karen Henson Marshall, and her husband, James R. Marshall; Betty Caldwell Romine, and her husband, Wes Romine; and Robbie Caldwell Grimes. He is also survived by his brother, Alan Henson, and his wife, Loretta Henson. Grandchildren include Rebecca Henson Matthews, Jason Henson, Mike Henson, Kimberly Marshall, Scott Marshall, Benjamin Henson, Anna Henson, Van Romine, Aleta Grimes Dumond, and Malissa Grimes Amundson. He is also survived by great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m., March 13th, at First Baptist Church of Shawnee. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Shawnee building fund or Oklahoma Baptist University Vision for the Future campaign. Online condolences may be made to www.walkerfuneral.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 13, 2012