James "Jim" Wilson Henderson

July 7, 1939November 17, 2011

James W. Henderson, 72, of Cary, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 at his home. He was born July 7, 1939 to the late George and Jean (McQuade) Henderson in Glasgow, Scotland. James was an avid golfer and fisherman and was retired from American Airlines after 35 years of service.

He is survived by his beloved wife Sandra of 50 years; two sisters Phoebe Harkins of Scotland and Maureen Henderson of New Jersey, one brother, George Henderson of Scotland; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held from 12 -2 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s memory to the American Heart Association.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 26, 2011

James "Jim" Wilson Henderson

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Donna Hannon

December 19, 2011

Thank you Jim,
..for being a part of our life and sharing your's with us !
...for teaching me how to make your special sauce !
...for telling it like it is !
...for all of the wonderful stories you shared like winning in Reno and throwing money in the air !
...for making me feel on top of the world when you enjoyed my cornbread !
...for showing us the joy of giving freely is much more than money can buy !
...for all of the handmade belts, bracelets and camera cases you made us ! We treasure each one !
...for loving the ocean picture so much you hung it up at your beach condo, no matter what anyone said !
...for graciously being the awesome "Paka" Jim that Tori could have have ever had !
...for assisting Tom in putting his golf game in perspective ……………HOPELESS
...for always being your self and letting us be ourselves !
...for letting us share in your journey !

So, Jim, Jimmy or Papa Jim, you left a imprint ...and we are missing you .. we will think of you often... We love you dearly………
Tom, Donna and Tori

Bill/Jan Kretzschmar

December 17, 2011

Bill and I just learned yesterday of Jim's passing.
We are truly sorry for your loss.

Paul Carey

December 15, 2011

Paul Carey

December 15, 2011

Paul Carey

December 15, 2011

I consider myself a very lucky person to have been able to know Jim and have so many hours of his company. I was very grateful when Jim (and Sandra) were willing to take a chance on Melissa and I by going in on our beach condo together. I had no idea at the time just how great it would be being able to get to know Jim so much more. Hearing his stories, just talking about general stuff, and trying to learn from him. Golfing, fishing, or working on projects, he loved to share his knowledge and teach. He is a true craftsman that could do anything he set his mind to, and make it look perfect when he was done. Through the years, he always kept us laughing, no matter how bad he might be feeling. It was hard not to be happy when Jim was in the room. I will always see you at your workbench, or at the table on the condo balcony, fishing with me, or on the golf course. Those places won't be the same anymore. I wish I had gotten to know him earlier in life, but I am so greatful for the years he was part of my life. It has taken me about a month to finally post something. Kept thinking I could come up with the right words to try to do justice to what it was like to be close to Jim, but there none. Miss you Jimmy.

Margaret Woodmore

November 30, 2011

Some of us are lucky enough to be blessed with the privilege of knowing a truly good, wonderful person. Jimmy, you blessed me with the knowing of you!!!. I have so many wonderful memories of you and your amazing kindness, intelligence and wit. I will treasure these memories always.
I miss you,

Melissa Carey

November 29, 2011

Sandra - you and Jim came into our lives many years ago and offered us a nurturing and loving friendship. Living on weekends with the two of you at our beach place will be memories we will hold close to our hearts forever. Those were fun times we had you just to ourselves....our little family. Jim always made me laugh, feel special and loved.....I will miss his infectious laugh, smile, and big hugs. Rest in peace Jim - you are a very special man and I feel blessed to have been a part of your world. XOXO

Karen Cloninger

November 26, 2011

Sandra, Oh my! I am so sorry for your loss. Don, Cassidy, Conor and I have such wonderful memories of our times together on Schaffer Close! We were truly blessed to have had you and Jim as neighbors and friends. I am so glad that I got to visit with you two in the office several weeks back. I will never forget Jim's teasing (the TV channel changing is our favorite) and loving with Cassidy as she grew up beside you. His smile and twinkling eyes were always so delightful to see. They are now memories that we will hold dear forever. Please know that we love you! Rest in peace dear Jim.

Julie Hobgood

November 26, 2011

Jim was a sweet and genuine man. Terry, Jacob and I are truly honored to have known him. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing him with us. We will not say good-bye today, just "until we meet again." Thoughts, prayers and MUCH love to you.

Carrie Sharp

November 25, 2011

Jim was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He was a very special man and we always enjoyed the time we spent with him. My thoughts are with Sandra and all of Jim's family.