Jerald Dee Henderson, 79, went to join the Lord on March 22, 2022. He was born November 30, 1942, in Rogers, Arkansas, to Ines and Sterling Dee Henderson. Jerald is survived by his wife, Melinda; his daughter, Debbie Barthol and her husband, Steve, as well as his sons, Tyler and Alex; his daughter, Deana Glenn and her husband, Kirk, as well as his daughters, Taylor and Brooke and his sons, Bryan and Jeffrey; brother, Danny Henderson and his children, Tim Henderson and Kelli Henderson Kilgore; sister-in-law, Sandra Savage and her husband, Dennis and children, Alan and Stan; and preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Sara (Fife) Elmore; and brother-in-law Billy Fife; survived by niece, Jill Fife; and his nephews, Andy Fife and Jim Fife.
Jerald was raised in Decatur on a family farm, the son of a military recipient of a purple heart and a loving, strong mother who epitomized the phrase “domestic engineer”. After accepting the Lord at age 16, Jerald attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a technical degree in drafting and design engineering. During his college years, he lived with his Uncle Lee and Aunt Thelma Burgess. They loved him and cared for him like a son.
Jerald was introduced to his loving wife to be Melinda Mansell by mutual friends and were married on July 6, 1963. He was blessed with his first daughter Debbie while a draftsman for Sandia Corporation in New Mexico . He later became a body shop manager in Del City, Oklahoma when he was blessed with a second daughter, Deana, who arrived while working to send his wife to the university and help her complete her nursing degrees. He then became the service and body shop manager for Bob Moore Cadillac in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Jerald was a huge fan of all things automotive – NASCAR, Drag Racing and auto shows. A man known for being meticulous, Jerald had a professional auto restoration service for several years specializing in 1950s and 1960s models. And ever loyal to GM, Jerald was a proud owner of several Chevrolet vehicles, including the Corvette, Chevelle , Silverado, Impala, Monte Carlo, Suburban, Z28, IROC-Z and Corvair.
After retiring, Jerald enjoyed traveling the country with his devoted wife Melinda through America’s national parks and monuments, finally landing in The Village in Conway, Arkansas. He and Melinda were inseparable and married for nearly 59 years, sharing their love for the Lord, always putting Jesus Christ first.
Along with spending quality time with his grandchildren, family and friends, Jerald attended his local church and gave back to his community by volunteering for Operation Christmas Child, donating coffee services for the Fellowship Bible Church at NWA and supporting Thanksgiving meals for the Arkansas Dream Center at New Life Church.
Throughout his life, Jerald was a generous man who showed grace, strength and selflessness. He had a strong work ethic and led by example, influencing everyone he knew – leaving every person or situation better than he found it. He will be greatly missed by all; however, there is no greater peace than knowing that he is with the Lord.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Jerald’s name at the Lewy Body Dementia Association, The Salvation Army, your local church or New Life Church.
A celebration of life for Jerald will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the New Life Church Chapel at 633 S Country Club Rd, Conway, Arkansas 72034. Preferred dress code would be jeans ( Jerald’s favorites were 501 Levi’s).
Posted by Log Cabin Democrat on March 24, 2022.