James L. ("J.J.") Henderson, Jr., 20, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on January 1, 2022 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision early New Year's Day. J.J. was a happy person who lovingly embraced his large family. He was a kind soul who would volunteer to help anyone in need. Jay loved music and gaming with his dad and watching reality shows with his mom. A student of both Tonganoxie High School in Tonganoxie, KS, and a student of Free State High School in Lawrence, KS, Jay had a vast network of friends who looked up to him as a positive role model. Everyone who met him said the same thing, "How tall are you?" and J.J. would just smile. This wonderful young man, at a height of 6'4" was adored by everyone who met or knew him. His favorite activity was the Fishing Club at Free State High School, and he loved sharing his passion with his dad and friends. J.J. also enjoyed biking the trails throughout Lawrence. J.J. is survived by his parents James L. Henderson, Sr. and Carrie E. Henderson of Lawrence KS; his paternal grandfather, Junior R. Johnson of Tonganoxie, KS; his maternal grandparents Glen and Vicki McMullin of Tonganoxie KS; his paternal aunts, Mary Whistler of Tonganoxie, KS, Karen Henderson-Priest of Tonganoxie KS, and Sally A. Henderson of Portland, OR; and his maternal aunts and uncles, Kathy Litchfield of Tonganoxie, Keith McMullin of Tonganoxie, KS, Kevin McMullin of Tonganoxie, KS and Patrick McMullin of Lawrence, KS. J.J. also leaves behind 18 treasured cousins ranging in ages from 2 to 35 years old. J.J. was our sweet, gentle giant, and his heartbroken family and friends will miss him forever.
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 7, 2022.