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Henderson, Cecil Doil

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June 30, 1930 - January 30, 2015

Henderson, Cecil Doil

God saw you getting tired

and a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you

and whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes we

watched you slowly fade away.

Although we loved you dearly,

we would not make you stay.

We’ll miss you here so deeply,

and yet we’re glad to know

you’re running down golden sidewalks

to others who love you so.

Cecil Henderson, of Farmers Branch, Texas, passed way gently on January 30, 2015, at his residence. Cecil was born to William David Henderson and Myrtle Mooring on July 31, 1930, in Crow, Wood County, Texas. Cecil had a lifelong love of the outdoors having grown up on a farm. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and true blue Texan.

Cecil left the farm with his childhood buddy, Richard McManus, upon turning 18. In Tyler, Texas, they joined the U.S. Army.  This was during the Korean conflict and after service at Fort Lewis, Washington, Cecil was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was given a medical discharge due to frostbite on both feet in 1953.

Returning to Dallas from Fort Sam Houston he had a long career in the automotive industry primarily at W. O. Bankston Lincoln-Mercury and Friendly Chevrolet. Later, he and his brother, Bill Henderson, had a glass business on Harry Hines near the famous Mecca restaurant.. Cecil’s love of hunting took him all over Texas but specially on a ranch near Brady, Texas, and in the East Texas woods.

Cecil is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jonette Willman Henderson, and children, Randy Henderson (Vanessa), Julie Sturdevant (Steve), Jimmy Henderson, Donna Mercier, Jeffery Henderson, and eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratefulness to CarePoint Partners and nurse Marjorie Greene. Also the VNA Hospice Care, Dr.Allstair Fyfe, and Dr. N. Thudi.

A Celebration of Cecil’s life will be held 11:00 February 7, 2015, Valwood Park Baptist Church, 2727 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas.  A private family burial will be held at a later date at the DFW National Cemetery.

The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Valwood Park Baptist Church, 2727 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas, 75234 or Texas Baptist Men.

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Donna & Alexis Ferguson

March 05, 2015 7:54AM

The memories of time we spent with you will always be dear in our hearts. RIP Cecil.


Paul and Kaci Cunningham

February 07, 2015 7:33AM

We will miss Cecil's dry and quiet wit. Although we haven't known him for many years, we both feel enriched for having had the pleasure of his company so often at breakfast. As he entered Heaven's doors I can hear him say "How 'bout them Cowboys". RIP, dear friend.


Kathy Chastain

February 06, 2015 5:26PM

I AM GOING TO MISS YOUR SPICY PERSONALITY.YOU TRIED TO TAME US WE WERE GROWING UP AND YOU CELEBRATED US AS ADULTS. YOU BECAME A SPECIAL FRIEND THAT I ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO SEEING. I HOPE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH WE CHERISH YOU AND I CANNOT WAIT TILL WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN FOREVER.LOVE,KATHY


Bill and Barbara Henderson

February 06, 2015 9:21AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jonette. May you feel God's comfort?


Dorothy Fields

February 05, 2015 3:44PM

My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... love you dear friend...