Roy C. Henderson
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SPARTANBURG, SC-- The Honorable Roy C. Henderson, 87, peacefully entered rest on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Mr. Henderson was a native of Washington, PA. Henderson was the son of the late Ernest Scott Henderson and Ethel Harris Henderson and the step- son of the late Harry H. Baker. Mr. Henderson was the husband of Mrs. Roberta Mattison Henderson.
Mr. Henderson was a former deacon at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Henderson was a member of Majority Baptist Church; he served on the Deacon Ministry.
Mr. Henderson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the former South Carolina State College. Henderson completed his Master of Science degree from Indiana University; he pursued further studies in the Graduate Education Program at Converse College.
In 1950, Coach Henderson began his educational and coaching career at Spaulding High School in Lamar, SC, where he organized and coached the school's first black high school football team. In 1951, Coach Henderson organized the first Physical Education Program at St. Stephen High School in Berkley County, SC. He also organized and coached the first blank football team at St. Stephen. In 1952, Henderson joined the faculty at Carver High School of Spartanburg, SC, where he taught Physical Education and organized Carver's first Junior Varsity Basketball and Track Teams. During his tenure at Carver High School, Coach Henderson served as Assistant Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator. He lead the Carver Tigers to two Piedmont Conference Championships, two State Championships and one State Runner-up Berth. He coached Carver to their last State Football Championship in 1967. Henderson later served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Carver High School. In 1970 he served at Spartanburg High School.
Mr. Henderson retired from Spartanburg County School District 7 after serving as an educator, coach and administrator from 1952-1984. Mayor Henderson's civic leadership included: Spartanburg City Council (1991-2000) and Mayor Pro Tem; the NAACP; Charter Member of Xi Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; a Founder of the Progressive Men's Club; and the S.C. State University Alumni Association. Mr. Henderson served on numerous boards and commissions; he received many awards and recognitions. Henderson was named to the S.C. State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Herders on is survived by: his loving wife of 60 years, Mrs. Roberta Mattison Henderson; his children, Reverend Ronald (Catherine) Henderson, Rosalyn (Kenneth) Myers, Esq. and Robin (Jerome) Bullock; his grandchildren, Keri and Bethany Henderdon, Katrina Mattingly, M.D., Monique Mattingly, Christopher Jenkins and Brandon Bullock; his great granddaughter, Amariya Jenkins; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for Roy C. Henderson will be held on Saturday,
December 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Majority Baptist Church, 400 Hudson L. Barksdale Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29306. Mr. Henderson will lie in state at the church from 12:00 noon until the hour of the service.
The Omega Service for Brother Roy C. Henderson for members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 at The John Stinson Woodward Memorial Chapel at 6:00 PM.
The family will receive friends at the chapel from 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Roy C. Henderson Foundation, 231 Woodview Avenue, Spartanburg, SC 29306.
J. W. Woodward
Published in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal from 12/25/2013 - 12/26/2013.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2013