Mr. Dewey L. Henderson, a lifelong resident of Tuckerman, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Newport. He was born in Tuckerman, the youngest of thirteen children born to Alfred Scott Henderson and Cornelius Elizabeth “Nelia” (Stone) Henderson.
Mr. Henderson was a 1946 graduate of Tuckerman High School. He remained a devoted fan of the Tuckerman Bulldogs, keeping score at ballgames for over 50 years. Following high school graduation, Mr. Henderson furthered his education attending both Arkansas College in Batesville and Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. However, he felt that the education that benefited him most in life was received watching his parent’s work on the farm and care of the family through the Great Depression, working for R.A. Ivy at Ivy’s Grocery Store, and the education he received at Tuckerman School.
Returning to Tuckerman in 1948, at the age of 20, Mr. Henderson built and opened his first grocery business. Henderson’s Market opened to the public on December 15, 1948. After the store had been opened almost 2 years, Mr. Henderson was called into military service. He served during the Korean War as a Corporal in the 8th Infantry Division. His sister’s Argie and Ruth, ran the market during their brother’s absence. Mr. Henderson returned home in September of 1952, resuming the management of Henderson’s Market. By 1959, the market had outgrown it’s original location, so he built a much larger store, and opened it as an IGA Store. The IGA Store remained open until 1968. Mr. Henderson sold the store to Mr. Bill Rodgers and continued managing the store for 13 years until he retired from the grocery business.
In the 1970’s Mr. Henderson and his sister, Ruth, opened Dewey’s Antiques in Tuckerman. Together they ran the antique store for 30 years. Mr. Henderson specialized in the buying and Miss Henderson specialized in the selling. He continued hunting for antiques even after they closed the store.
Mr. Henderson held a special love for animals since he was a young boy. Throughout his life, he has raised pigs, goats, pigeons, rabbits, cattle, and the ones he was most fond of, dogs, including Pugs and Boston Terriers.
Even though Mr. Henderson was always busy, he still found time to devote to his hometown of Tuckerman. He served on the City Council for over 16 years, and was a member of the Tuckerman V.F.W. and American Legion.
Mr. Henderson has been a faithful member of the Tuckerman Church of Christ for nearly 60 years. He would proudly tell anyone that his first love was the Lord and His Church. Anyone who knew Mr. Henderson would attest that he was a wonderful example of The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
A confirmed bachelor until the age of 76, Mr. Dewey Henderson married Ms. Anga Mae (Harris) Skyrme. Together they enjoyed 10 wonderful years.
This Christian man was a treasured husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, step-father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his friendly smile, and his genuine friendship. Mr. Henderson will be sorely missed by many family and friends.
Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John, Owen, Cephus, Ralph, and Troy Henderson, and seven sisters, Mandy Henderson, Nola Brown, Ruth Henderson, Molly Pennington, Argie Clark, Rena Henderson, and Pauline Martin.
He is survived by his wife, of 10 years, Anga Mae (Harris) Skyrme Henderson of the home; one step-son, Jimmy E. Skyrme of England, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Natalie Hardin and husband, Chris, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and James E. Skyrme and wife, Samantha, of Little Rock; five great-grandchildren, Allysa Ladd, Cooper Skyrme, Mason Skyrme, Zoe Hardin, and Sam Hardin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Dick Blackford and Mr. J.R. Rosado officiating. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Mike Prysock, James Cossey, Morgan Gilbert, Ray Holt, Jay Harvey, Tommy Young, Blake Young, Jim Young. Honorary pallbearers are Elders of the Tuckerman Church of Christ, (Elwood Fisher, Junior Pretty, and Jim Fields), Men of the Tuckerman Church of Christ, and Louis French, Nick Adcox, Jerry Carrick, and Bob Penix.
To sign the online guest register, light a memorial candle, or leave a condolence, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.