Eric Jason Henderson
July 23, 1970 – July 9, 2020
Eric Henderson of Rockwall, TX passed away on July 9, 2020. He was born in Baytown, TX. He was a 1988 graduate of Sterling High School and went on to get his Associate Degree in Computer Science. He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Henderson. He is survived by his father, Richard Henderson of Anahuac, TX and his brother, Chet Henderson of Baytown, TX. Eric is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. When he was not busy working in I.T. department at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX, Eric enjoyed going out to eat and trying new foods, playing disc golf, and making people laugh and smile. He will be missed by his large group of friends and family. A gathering celebrating Eric’s life will take place on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521.
Celebration of Life Gathering
Friday, August 7, 2020
Eric Jason Henderson
August 13, 2020
Eric was a good friend. He always took care of my computer issues at TI and loved to joke around. I made it a point to visit him when I was in his building. He loved hot sauce and would always have several bottles in his office. He was a fun guy to be around. I will miss you Eric. My prayers go out to your family.
August 7, 2020
I have fond memories of Eric at family gatherings. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow. My condolences.
August 7, 2020
R.I.P. Eric. I want to give my condolences to Richard, and Chet, and all the rest of the family. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you.
August 4, 2020
This is part 2 of my memories and experiences from growing up with Eric. These stories of Eric are far too importaint for me to keep to myself and I couldn't fit everything in part 1 since I'm limited to 2000 characters here goes part 2.
I mentioned earlier in part 1 how Eric and I during our 1st & 2nd grade years ran the neighborhood we grew up in and that we were constantly coming up with new ways to get ourselves some money. The main reason we needed money, especially during the summertime was for Bar-B-Q in all of it's forms and side dishes, and a little something to wash it down with. Our neighborhood was blessed with Leonards Meat Market, we had a Jones 7-11-7 as well, but Leonards was our heaven. Our summer days were consumed with acquiring Bar-B-Q from Mr. Cox, the owner of Leonards Meat Market. Eric was a highly skilled master acquirer of Bar-B-Q and he freely shared and passed his insights and knowledge with me. I was not as bright or skilled as Eric as you will see but we did alright. I never went hungry around Eric. Here are just a few ways we'd obtain Bar-B-Q.
First we would grab all the low hanging fruit, in our world this consisted of getting my wagon then finding every refundable bottle in our zone of operations and completely filling that wagon with all the bottles we were picking up. My house was closer to the 7-11 so we'd even stockpile our bottles on side of the garage when the wagon got full. Then we'd haul all those bottles in and get either a nickle or dime each. We got paid, then we'd take our loot next door to Leonard's Meat Market lay our loot out on the counter and ask Mr. Cox "How much Bar-B-Q could we get for this much?" Mr. Cox would eye it over then head over to the meat counter with all the fresh hot Bar-B-Q, side dishes, and desserts and ask us "what looks good"? We'd point out what looked good and we always seemed to have just enough for a feast plus a Dr. Pepper each.
Out of space again..with 3 Eric+BBQ stories 2 share.
August 4, 2020
I can't share the wonderful memories & stories of Eric in just 2000 characters.
If I can't share the summer $ making stories, yall miss out. Eric was genius, the're GREAT.
Eric, Chet, and I grew up together in 1975-1978 we lived a few houses down from each other on Parkway. Eric was my 1st friend. He was a year older so we had no problem getting to know each other, bonding, & having fun running that neighborhood. One day very early on his Mom wanted us to stay in the yard & keep an eye on Chet, playing in the yard in a plastic kiddy pool. Eric was so proud to show his Little Brother off to me that we spent the day playing with Chet in the pool. At some point Chet wanted bubbles and Eric was gonna make it happen. He went into the garage to find some bubbles and couldn't find exactly what Chet wanted so Big Brother decided that if we used all of his Mom's dryer sheets that we could make bubbles. We used the entire roll of dryer sheets in that pool and made bubbles however we created a nice smelling oil slick that left us smelling great, and wrinkle free, for at least a month. I clearly remember how Chet just idolized Eric and how loving and proud Eric was of him. Chet was very young, this was about 1977. Chet sat in the center of the pool splashing all those dryer sheets making bubbles. I see Chet still, he was a giant smiling head, with his ear to ear grin. Eric was so pleased with the outcome that he made the announcement that he was Big Brother, he bestowed the title of Middle Brother upon me, and Chet of course was Little Brother. This is an excellent example of how Eric's nature was to always make sure that everyone was included in good times, Eric would never let anyone get or feel left out. Yall know how much he valued making everyone feel loved and included in his life. Eric made sure I got invited to dinner that night. I learned afterward we ate cow tongue. This was a 1st for me.
●Yall must hear the Summer stories.
I'M OUT OF SPACE
END PT. 1
August 1, 2020
I just heard the news today and it’s very sad. Eric and I were friends in junior high and went to Church Camp together. We both had very blonde hair and we loved to make jokes - so naturally we got along. He once sneaked out of the cabin window at church camp- and that set off a frantic search In the middle of the night. When they finally found him, I remember them praying for him in a small office somewhere! He and I found that funny, because all he was doing was running around in the woods. He also had a kind heart- and when we watched the classic film old yeller- he started crying when the dog is put down. I wanted to cry too but was too afraid of the other kids! To me, Eric was a great, funny, amiable soul and I wish we’d stayed friends.
August 1, 2020
Condolences to Richard and Chet. Eric was a great guy with a strong mind and a soft heart. Lots of good times by many at his old home on Lariat St.
July 30, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Eric on occasion at TI. He was one of my favorite IT guys. He was always very personable and pleasant. He was a good IT professional and did his job very well. I am saddened to learn of his passing. I'll miss him around here.
July 30, 2020
I worked with Eric on several occasions, and he was the best IT support person I've ever encountered. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and always made sure he solved my problems. He even recommended his favorite restaurants in the area. I'm so sad to hear about his passing. He was a great guy.
July 27, 2020
Eric and I were not exactly close. We had a professional relationship where I would get in trouble with something having to do with my work computer and he would be dispatched to come bail me out. Every time he darkened my door I knew I was in good hands. Always willing to go the extra mile to do the right thing, protocol/policy be damned. It was easy to tell he had a big heart and a kind soul.
My condolences to the family. Know that Eric will be missed in circles much larger than those of close friends and family. He was a good guy in a world that needs more just like him.
Cathie Chandler Mundinger
July 26, 2020
I am so sorry, Richard. I know your heart is hurting. Please know that I and all of the Chandlers are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. Much love, Cousin. Cathie
July 25, 2020
Eric was a very funny guy, but also very sensitive and intelligent...Creative on the spot with a gift of gab an a highlight of any gathering that I ever attended...Forever grateful on the time's I spent with him and send my deepest condolences to family and friends...
July 24, 2020
Everyone seems to have the same consensus when it comes to Eric.... He was a wonderful, simple, caring, joyful, funny, thoughtful, intelligent, energetic human being. He was always there to cheer you up with a silly joke, or by telling you one of the many stories that Eric had. He was one of a kind for sure, and that's what made Eric unique and special. His thoughtful, small acts of kindness by giving you a gift, or a piece of candy is what Eric did for all his coworkers. He loved working there, and doing the job he did. We were his friends. We were all family.
Eric loved music. He would always play us a random song that none of us had ever heard before, but everyone would quickly enjoy and listen to anything he played. Eric was also very philosophical about many subjects, especially astronomy. Eric and I would always talk about astronomy, as it is very interesting, and he had a wealth of knowledge about it. I always enjoyed listening to him, and what he had to say.
Eric Jason Henderson, I dearly miss you my friend. All of us who truly, and honestly knew you, will never EVER forget about you. You will be with us always. Our hearts and minds are weighed down, as we have lost a very good human being from this world. It will take time to come to terms with this, but in time, we will learn to live with this. Love ya buddy, and we all miss you so much. I hope you are sailing around free and happy in the Cosmos. God Speed, and we will one day see you again, my friend.
July 20, 2020
I can’t express how much Eric Henderson meant to me over the years. He Always brought so much light into the lives of those around him. He was a true human being. I remember every year he always bought my kids Christmas gift. He made this world a better place than he found it by giving and changing kids’ lives by his Christmas gifts to kids he did not know. He always got along well with people from all walks of life. I remember when he bought new Kia soul he could take his coworkers to lunch in it. he called it a BUS where we could all ride and I always told him jokingly that I could take a back seat since I was black. We lost a true patriot who cared about other people’s welfare. He did not care what you looked like. He was always there for you. He could make the entire team, he worked with a favorite drink’’mint julep’’.
Our hearts go out to his family. We’re praying for the family and take comfort that Eric is at peace and watching over us all. May he rest in peace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
July 19, 2020
Very sorry to hear this news! I always remember Eric's sense of humor. In junior high, I recall we would have him get up in front of the classroom and tell jokes and we would refer to it as "Henderson's happy half-hour". My condolences to his family and friends.
July 17, 2020
Jerry Johnson nailed it in his shared memories. Eric was one of the most jovial people I have ever known. Growing up in the same neighborhood, I spent a lot of time with Eric and especially at Eric's house. Eric was a writer of stories and poems, and his imagination was off the charts. We often got into deep deep philosophical discussions and thought provoking subjects on a long night.
I would not have met my current wife of 25 years, Kristi, if it had not been for Eric. I was hanging out with Eric at his home one evening as was typical back then, and he invited some friends to come over, and that's when I met Kristi.
I have a ton of little memories. But, some really good ones were when we would go fishing ALL NIGHT LONG out at the HL&P spillway on Trinity Bay on many a summer night as teenagers. Eric was always up for it. Never too tired or not feeling like it. His energy helped fuel me in a way.
I will always think of Eric as a friend and an important part of my life.
July 17, 2020
I haven't seen Eric in years, but I won't ever forget the great times we had. Eric was like a force of nature. He was jovial, and smart, and funny, and generous. He enjoyed cooking for his friends -usually snow crab legs. For a lot of us, the Henderson house was like a second home and the Hendersons made you feel like family. Eric could talk about any subject - physics, astronomy, food, and make it interesting because he was clever and knew so much. I can't picture Eric without a wide grin on his face. And that's how I'll remember him, a person who seemed happiest when he was making other people happy.
July 17, 2020
My heart is heavy, but find peace in knowing that Eric is now rejoicing with our heavenly father. As everyone knows, he had great knowledge and a witty personality. Eric always was willing to provide recommendations on the best places to eat and he never missed the great ones. He always brightened up the workplace with jokes and even food and drinks. I know that he was a prompt person, for if you were going to ride with him to have lunch, you better be in his office right at 11:00 am or you will miss the boat! :) Eric will be missed, but this is not a good-bye, it's we'll see you again our friend. Rest peacefully and enjoy singing with the Angels until then.
July 16, 2020
Rest in peace Eric, you'll be missed.
I know we haven't talked in many years but I still remember all the great times we had together as friends and as co-workers.
You introduced me to a lot of culinary experiences and were there for Angel and I in Dallas.
It was nice seeing you again at Zest Feast this year and wish we could've spent more time together.
July 16, 2020
Eric was always reliable. You could count on him to be honest, forthcoming, and always consistent. I feel such sadness when I think about him not brightening peoples' day any more.
I will miss him and always remember him as the goofy guy that you could always count on when it mattered. As he had the button that was easy; this is not easy saying goodbye to a friend.
July 16, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. My heart is heavy knowing Eric is gone. Eric will definitely be missed by many. I have enjoyed reading the memories that have been posted here already from his coworkers and friends. He was loved for sure!
We hadn't seen each other much in recent years but I am glad we got to see Eric at Zest Fest this year. He hadn't changed much! I have so many great memories including celebrating many birthdays together so that is the picture I chose to share.
July 15, 2020
My heart hurts so much and it's been a rough day full of tears. We are all filled with sadness and will miss you greatly. I feel like words can't do you justice but I take solace in all the great memories I have to share about you.
Eric was a goofball always ready to share a ridiculously silly pun or joke. I lost count how many times I would chase him down the hallway at work because he said a dumb pun or made up a terrible joke. He'd run off laughing every time. He'd go through phases where he'd say quirky things like "hey dawg" or "hey man" or "ahh man" to everyone.
After every team meeting we had at TSP he would say goodbye by pushing his "that was easy" button. I knew it was coming but would laugh every time.
When he wasn't joking he was talking about something intelligent like physics, chemistry or computers. He once told me while having lunch the process on how to remove crab meat from their shells. He said he did it all the time growing up and was even fast at it. He always told me something new and different. He knew countless random facts.
I stayed in touch with him after I left the company and when I would email him, he was eager to send me restaurant coupons, let me know when the next Zest fest was or talk about Dave & Busters. I have him to thank for introducing me to Pho and sriracha. We all knew he enjoyed food because he was elated to share the details of his breakfast and lunch with you whether you asked him to or not. And often he'd belch loud enough for the office to hear.
On the last visit to one of the local El Fenix's, he insisted I take his picture on the boar statue. He thought it was hilarious. That was just Eric. Always smiling, always joking, and always doing something silly.
I know you loved Star Trek so the best goodbye, the best words I have for you is this Spock quote: "You have been, and always shall be, my friend".
July 15, 2020
Eric will be greatly missed. What a great guy! He was always trying to be a good friend to anyone he saw having a bad day weather you didn’t feel good, were sad, or angry he would go out of his way to try and make your day better. Going to lunches with him was always a treat. A kid at heart sharing his duplicate Star Trek Dave and Busters cards with you. He always had a story about growing up. He liked showing off his Mustang as we would zoom a short distance sometimes to a destination. Ok well often. The world is a sadder place without Eric in it. At least I was blessed to have Eric in my life if even for a short time. I will always cherish our friendship. God bless him and the family.
July 15, 2020
I had the privilege of knowing, working with, and managing this good man for 7 years. He was very kind, caring, knowledgeable, and funny. He was extremely dependable and always willing to help when he could. He spent a good portion of his life serving the employees at TI and that was something he enjoyed doing, helping others. It wasn't just a job to him though, the people he worked with were his friends and his family. He was always ready with a good joke or a funny story. He would walk to the office of each tech telling them one by one, so by the time he got to me to I had heard it several times, but I was always ready to hear him tell it to me. He gathered everyone almost everyday for lunch, he usually had it hammered out by 9 in the morning. He would search for the best lunch deals and coupons and then start pulling the techs together. When someone had their last day he was often the one spearheading the effort to give them one last good lunch with as many techs as he could get together. He would go and get collectors cards from Dave and Busters and then hand them out to the techs or give out little knick knacks to techs to decorate their offices with. He gave gifts to some of the technicians children at Christmas. Everything he did was to make others happy up there. I knew this about Eric and knew that he was someone I always wanted on my team. He was one of my go to guys to figure out difficult issues or to help smooth things out with an irritated customer. I was often told that when I was not in my office he would stand outside my office and pretend to cry. I was no longer working there when he was let go and when I heard I was heart broken as I knew what that job, that place, and those people meant to him. I'm extremely saddened that he is no longer with us in prison, but I am glad I had the chance to know him and that no matter what his spirit will always live on with all of those he touched. Rest in Peace Eric. You will be missed but never forgotten.
July 15, 2020
I'll always remember how Eric always brought humor into any situation. He will be greatly missed.
July 15, 2020
Bob and I are very heartbroken! Lots of great memories! Always a clown! Always joking! Always making us laugh! RIP Eric! Thanks for being the best Usher a girl could ask for on her Wedding day! Thanks for helping hold the train on my wedding dress!!
July 15, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Eric. He was one of a kind!!
Always dependable, loyal and a GOOD man and . I was fortunate and grateful to have him on my team, even if it was just for a few months after his surgery. Please Rest in peace, Eric. Praying for peace and comfort for Eric's family and friends.