James Arthur Henderson, Jr., (“Jim”) died on December 9, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. Jim was born in Daytona Beach, FL, on November 23, 1927, to J.A. Henderson and Amelia Boor Henderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David C. Henderson. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (née Schoonmaker), and their four children: Kay Henderson, Dr. Lynn Dolson (David), Tracey L. Henderson, Esq., and James A. Henderson, III (Emma Brady). He leaves behind three grandchildren – Kate R. Barnes (RJ), Jim Henderson Dolson and Wolfe Henderson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim attended the University of Florida where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the Army at Ft. Bliss, TX, and then returned to UF to finish his degree. He earned his B.S. with honors in Industrial Engineering at UF in 1951. Jim worked briefly at Florida Power & Light and had a long career with Union Camp. While working with Union Camp, he and his family lived in Savannah, NYC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Decatur and Wayne, NJ. In 1972, they returned to Gainesville and he earned his General Contractor and Real Estate licenses. Jim built and designed numerous homes. He had an incredible mechanical aptitude, and could be relied on for a creative solution. Jim had a keen sense of humor, loved to travel and was an avid fisherman and Gator fan. He was the first president of the Suburban Heights Association. And, he was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville and was awarded the Frank O. Spain Service Award. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Jim will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Due to Covid-19 concerns in our community, the planned memorial service for James (“Jim”) Arthur Henderson, Jr. has been postponed, and will be held at a later date at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL.