Samuel Lamar Henderson, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Sam was born on October 31, 1931, in Mobile, Alabama, to Eugene and Blieka Henderson. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Sam Henderson, Jr., grandson Zach Show, parents-in-law Frances (Babe) and Cecil Gibbons, and great Labrador, Old Yeller.
Sam is survived by his beloved wife, Cecile Henderson; daughters Blieka (Steve) Yerg of Molino, Florida, and Marjorie (Tom) Show of Little Rock, Arkansas; sons Bob (Penny)Bradford, Jim (Carol) Bradford, Jon (JoJo) Bradford, all of Tucson, Arizona, and Mike (Theresa) Bradford of Pace, Florida; brothers Bob (Betty) Henderson of St. Elmo, Alabama, McRae (Jeanette) Henderson of Crestview, Florida, and Michael Henderson of Cantonment, Florida; grandchildren Jennifer (Mike) Bracken of Jackson, Mississippi, Carrie (Brad) Rice of Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Robin Show of Little Rock, Arkansas, Owen Henderson of Pensacola, Florida, Brian Bradford of Irvine, California, Michael Tyler Bradford and C.T. Bradford of Tucson, Arizona; sisters-in-laws Charlene Long of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary Jo Norris of Tucson, Arizona; six great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and faithful Yorkie, Lucy.
Sam grew up in Cantonment, Florida. He graduated from J.M. Tate High School in 1950, then served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He worked at Florida Pulp and Paper Company a short while before going to work at Pensacola NAS in the Naval Air Rework Facility. After 33 years, he retired from NAS Production Planning Department, Examination and Evaluation branch.
An abiding love for his family and friends, thoughtfulness, and a great sense of humor endeared him to those who knew him. Sam was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. One of his favorite pastimes was hunting. In his younger years, he loved to play baseball, basketball, tennis, softball and football. He particularly enjoyed watching his grandsons play baseball.
Sam's memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Pinewoods Presbyterian Church, 2198 Highway 297-A, Cantonment, Florida, followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the church. The service will be led by Senior Pastor Joel Treick.
In lieu of flowers, donations, may be made to the Humane Society. Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, is entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 12, 2014