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Billy Dean Henson, 86, of Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Bill was born June 18, 1931, in Carthage where he also attended school, to the late O. Elmo and T. Lucille (Spilman) Henson.
Bill married the love of his life, Doris Jeanette Wine, on February 4, 1950. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2015.
Bill is survived by three daughters, Vicki Henson, of Carthage, Marti Henson, of Lexington, Ky., and Patty Ingram and spouse, Paul, of Carthage; his grandchildren, Sara (Ingram) Fife and spouse, James, of Grove, Okla., and Ann (Ingram) Myers and spouse, Nolan, of Carthage; his great-grandchildren, Dalton, Willa, and Taylor Dean Fife, and Casen Myers. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, Melba Wellsfry, of Chico, Calif., Eddie and spouse, Mary, Henson, of Sylva, N.C., Hershel and spouse, Lucille Henson, of La Porte, Ind., Carol Reed, of Carthage, and Linda Blass, of Carthage; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Bill and his wife were avid travelers to Alaska, Canada, Texas, and Mexico for many years of fishing, scuba diving, barbequing, and camping. They also enjoyed many games of cards, dominoes, and pool with family and friends.
Bill was part-owner of Commercial Glass located in Joplin, Mo. He was involved in, and held leadership roles in, many organizations including Carthage Masonic Lodge No. 197 A.F. & A.M., Meridian Sun Chapter No. 61 of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Club and Train Crew, Jasper Commandery No. 31 Knights Templar, Order of the Eastern Star Eminence Chapter No. 93, Carthage Jaycees, and Carpenter's Local 311. Bill was also a member of the First Baptist Church, of Carthage, and of Rio Hondo, Texas.
The family would like to extend a special 'thank you' to Avalon Hospice, of Carthage.
Masonic rites will be held at 6 p.m. and visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 20, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 21, at Ulmer Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on November 18, 2017
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