Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

306 East Polk Street, Burnet, TX


Tommy Lee (T.L.) Henderson

August 16, 1943October 27, 2019
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Tommy L. (T.L.) Henderson, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 76 on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in his son’s home in Austin, Texas surrounded by his family and his dog.

T.L. was born on August 16, 1943, in Leon, Iowa and was raised in the Clearfield and Lenox area where the Hendersons have farmed for five generations. Tom was baptized and was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Lenox. He excelled at baseball, basketball, football and 4-H where he enjoyed showing livestock and being on championship state and national livestock judging teams. Tom graduated from Lenox High School in 1962 and continued his education at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1967.

Tom and Cheryl J. Rickers were married on November 24, 1968, and raised two sons, Ty Thomas and Cole Thomas now both residing and working in Austin, Texas. Ty is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas. Cole, a former Army officer, is a computer software director.

Tom loved music and his country. He was a member of Iowa State Singers and Men’s Glee Club. He also sang with Der Liederkranz, a German barbershop chorus and numerous church choirs. He particularly enjoyed singing the “Common Doxology” before meals, singing “God Bless America” at Rotary meetings, Christmas caroling with the Henderson sleigh bells, and entertaining his family on long road trips before the invasion of personal electronic devices.

After a forty-year professional career in agricultural lending with Iowa and Colorado banks, T.L. and Cheryl retired to country living in Burnet, Texas in 2014, where Tom loved tending to the property and working outdoors with cattle and his horse. Burnet was just close enough to families in Austin to enjoy abundant time together.

Seldom seen without boots and a cowboy hat, T.L. was a Christian man who never met a stranger. Within a few minutes of meeting someone, he was engaged in conversation about agriculture, history or education. Because of this interest in people and service, community involvement was a mainstay in Tom’s life. As with all other communities in which he had lived, he quickly assimilated into life in Texas. He was a member of Rotary, the ROMEOS (Real Old Men Eating Out – a First Baptist Church men’s group), Burnet County Historical Commission, City of Burnet Historic Board, and Burnet County Heritage Society.

T.L. is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl J. Henderson of Burnet, Texas, two sons and four grandchildren: Ty and Kate, Evan Porter(14) and Ellis Andrew(10) of Austin, Texas; Cole and Kristen, Lenox James(3) and Estel MaeJean(1) of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include a sister, Judy Henderson Teig of Norwalk, Iowa, a brother, Bill Henderson of Clearfield, Iowa and his “baby” sister, O.Kay Henderson of Des Moines, Iowa. T.L. was preceded in death by his parents: Guy Porter Henderson and Mary Louise Arneal both lifelong residents of Clearfield and Lenox, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Burnet, Texas on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Doug Lindley presiding. Burial will be in Lenox, Iowa at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hill Country Community Foundation PO Box 848, 403 E. Jackson Burnet, Texas 78611 on behalf of Burnet Rotary Scholarships.

Tom loved God, his family, his Scottish heritage and animals—especially horses and dogs. He often told his sons to “Be productive citizens” and “Be as good as your dog thinks you are”.

Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com

Arrangements entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas


  • Cheryl Henderson, Wife
  • Ty Thomas Henderson, Son
  • Cole Thomas Henderson, Son
  • Evan Porter Henderson, Grandchild
  • Ellis Andrew Henderson, Grandchild
  • Lenox James Henderson, Grandchild
  • Estel MaeJean Henderson, Grandchild
  • Judy Henderson, Sister
  • Bill Henderson, Brother
  • O.Kay Henderson, Sister

  • Hill Country Community Foundation


16 November

Memorial Service 1st Baptist Church in Burnet

10:00 am


Tommy Lee (T.L.) Henderson

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Jeff Townsend

November 14, 2019

T.L. was a genteel cowboy: Like so many old cowhands, he could talk about the character and behavior of ranch animals for hours. But his clothes and grooming were at least a step up from most veteran cowboys, and his worldly knowledge of banking, finance and humanity was integrated or just beneath the surface of his ranch stories. We will miss "cowchip" at ROMEOS and we will miss his contributions to Burnet County historical and heritage organizations. Ride on TL! I think the Lord will open the gate for you.

Rachel & Clayton Heeren

November 14, 2019

Thinking of you all in this profound time of loss. Praying for you as you all gather and remember Tom this weekend. Sending love and prayers from Omaha. This one thing I do know - Tom - you are loved!

Helen Hollar

November 9, 2019

Dear Cheryl and family,
I was saddened to learn of T. L.’s recent passing, and send deepest condolences and prayers to you all for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Helen Hollar

Doug Fischer

November 8, 2019

Cheryl & family
sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Always enjoyed morning coffee when you lived in Manning

Colleen Oquist

November 6, 2019

Cheryl, Ty, Cole and family, we were so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs, Rob and Colleen

Tammy Evett

November 4, 2019

Dear Cheryl and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of TL's passing. Sending you all love and prayers of Peace and comfort for you all. Keeping you in my prayers.

Ray and Marj Reynolds

November 3, 2019

So sorry to read of Tom's passing. We were reliving our work together at the Adams County Fair MANY years ago, especially recalling our Family Fun Night activities and working with Cheri at school. Prayers for your family during this time.


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      Tommy Lee (T. L.) Henderson was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special.

       Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Tommy Lee (T. L.) Henderson.