David Henderson
David Henderson

David Henderson, 63, of Lakeland, Florida died with his wife, Edith Yates Baylis Henderson, in a violent home invasion on November 10, 2020.

He is survived by his parents, Del and Marilyn Henderson, and brother, Stephen Henderson, of Falmouth, Virginia, sister, Mallie Clark, of Floral City, Florida, son, William Henderson, of Tampa, Florida, and stepson, Todd Baylis, of Lakeland, Florida.

David graduated from Stafford High School in 1976. An honor student, he lettered in basketball and tennis. He spent two years at the University of Virginia and graduated from the University of Dallas. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi.

David practiced law in Florida as a Public Defender, then in private practice. Later he became interested in commercial real estate and with his wife, Edie, and their two sons built two hotels and purchased one. He was on the board of the Bank of Central Florida.

There will be a private funeral service held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida at a later date.

The alleged perpetrator has been apprehended.
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Published by The Free Lance - Star on Nov. 18, 2020.
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So, so sad to see this. What a loss.
All the trips to Lawsons Gym in Quantico with Doug Crocker, Eric Barth and Donald Kniseley back in the day to play pickup Basketball. And no one ever put it to us!!!
John Guy
Friend
November 25, 2020
So, so sad to see this. What a loss.
All the trips to Lawsons Gym in Quantico with Doug Crocker, Eric Barth and Donald Kniseley back in the day to play pickup Basketball. And no one ever put it to us!!!
John Guy
Friend
November 25, 2020
Sad to hear of this tragedy.A good kid in school at SHS.RIP
Frank Sullivan
November 20, 2020
I am deeply saddened. David was a good friend in high school days and one of the most well rounded people I´ve ever known. He was a musician, an athlete, an intellectual. He had a great sense of humor and was an all around good guy. He dated my cousin in high school and I thought that was great. I´ll remember him playing the bass, complaining that Stafford didn´t offer AP classes when we were there and laughing. My sympathies go to his family in particular Steve, Mallie and his sons. I am so sorry for your loss.
Tom Simpson
November 19, 2020
William as you mourn, may the positive & meaningful times with dad peek through as the sun does while we are in darkness.
Sally Speer
November 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Bobby & Carol Samuels
November 19, 2020
DEL & MARILYN I'M TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,JUST KNOW GOD WILL COMFORT YOUAND YOU WILL MEET AGAIN
BETTY WINE
November 19, 2020
David was a kind person that brought light to a room with his wonderful sense of humor. Thinking of his smile back in high school and my last reunion with him makes me smile. My heart and thoughts are with the family. God bless.
Alisa
November 18, 2020
So very sorry to lose you, David. So many fond memories
Susan Mann
November 18, 2020
Our hearts are breaking for you. As neighbors Jimmy and I watched David grow into a wonderful man. His kindness, humor, and integrity made a difference in this world. Sending our love and prayers to all of you.
Gladys S. Crouse and Theresa Crouse Walters
November 18, 2020
We offer our deep sympathy to the Henderson family. David was Steve´s dearest friend for 40 years. We have so many wonderful memories of David- a true gentleman who was (as we said in a toast to him once) "Perry Mason and Faulkner rolled into one." Our hearts are broken.
Steve and Elisabeth Saunders
November 18, 2020
David was a super great guy and well liked in our class of 1976. Very funny and always fun to be around. I am so sorry for this tragedy. God be with his family and please know we all are praying for them.
Maria Truslow Abel
November 18, 2020
Our prayers go out to the henderson family..
Wayne and eileen bourne
November 18, 2020
My sympathy to the families, friends, and classmates. I was also a Stafford High School class of 1976 member and knew David as a textbook example of a gentlemen. What a shock it was to hear how he and his wife met their end. I can't imagine what these families are going through. I sincerely hope they can somehow find peace with this.
Michael Blevins
November 18, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss!
Garland Dovel
November 18, 2020
I am terribly sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers for your family.
Jeanie Jones Stallard
November 18, 2020