James "Bussie" Russell Henderson

June 6, 1932May 9, 2018
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James “Bussie” Russell Henderson, Sr., 85, of Fulton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Fulton Presbyterian Manor in Fulton, MO. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Debo Funeral Home, Fulton, MO. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 501 S. Hwy 54, Fulton, MO, with a visitation prior to services from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Burial will be in Callaway Memorial Gardens with full military honors. James R. Henderson, Sr., fondly known by family, friends and acquaintances as Bussie, was born on June 6, 1932, in Fulton, MO, the son of Otho Lee and Winnie (Pasley) Henderson who preceded him in death. He was married on January 21, 1956, in Fulton, MO, to Estella Mae Black and to this union three children were born: Jackie, Mitch and Jimmy. Estella preceded him in death on May 26, 2009. Bussie attended Fulton Public Schools and Lincoln Laboratory High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. He then served in the U.S. Army. Bussie worked at the Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle in Jefferson City, MO, for 15 plus years and Gasper’s Restaurant and Truck Stop for a short period of time. He retired from Fulton Public Schools after 20 plus years of service as the school custodian and safety patrol officer. Bussie is survived by: one son, Mitchell E. Henderson, Sr. of Fulton, MO; one daughter Jackie Davis (Rickey) of Kansas City, MO; one brother, Granville E. Henderson, Sr., of Springfield, MO: one sister, Lillie Mae Clyce of Fulton, MO; six grandchildren, RyKeisha Andrews (Torrence) of Fort Myers, FL, James R. Henderson III of Fulton, MO, Mitchell E. Henderson, Jr., of Fulton, MO, MaToyia Henderson of Chicago, IL, Tamiko Boles (Kenneth) of Cache, OK, Desiree Henderson of Phoenix, AZ, 12 great grandchildren and a hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was also preceded in death by one son, James “Jimmy” Russell Henderson, Jr. and one grandson, Rickey Davis, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John C. Harris Senior Citizen Center for the Soup Kitchen and McIntire School -School Lunch Program, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St, Fulton, MO.


  • Otho Lee Henderson, Father
  • Winnie (Pasley) Henderson, Mother
  • Estella Mae (Black) Henderson, Wife
  • James "JImmy" Russell Henderson, Son
  • Rickey Davis Jr., Grandson
  • Mitchell E. Henderson Sr., Son
  • Jackie (Rickey) Davis, Daughter
  • Granville E. Henderson Sr., Brother
  • Lillie Mae Clyce, Sister
  • RyKeisha Andrews (Torrence), Granddaughter
  • James R. Henderson III, Grandson
  • Mitchell E. Henderson Jr., Grandson
  • MaToyia Henderson, Granddaughter
  • Tamiko Boles (Kenneth), Granddaughter
  • Desiree Henderson, Granddaughter
  • Bussie is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

  • Mitchell Henderson, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Damon Clyce, Pallbearer
  • Granville E. Henderson, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Gerald Chambers, Pallbearer
  • John M. Glover, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Granville Henderson, Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mitchell E. Henderson, Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kenneth Galbreath, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Thomas Clyce, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Russell Galbreath, Honorary Pallbearer
  • William "Billy" Galbreath, Jr., Honorary Pallbearer

  • John C. Harris Senior Citizen Center for the Soup Kitchen or McIntire School Lunch Program


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Visitation before the Funeral service Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 19, 2018

James "Bussie" Russell Henderson

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Karen Gess

May 18, 2018

"To heal, day by day, is to build a bridge of love that will reach far beyond time into forever."

Jackie, my classmate and long time friend please know that you and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I will miss seeing Mr. Bussie sitting outside smiling and waving as I pass by. Please be encouraged to know that he was loved and respected by many.

Trust in God's wisdom because he will see you through these troubled times. May God's love surround each of you.

Tonya Maddox Cupp

May 17, 2018

I knew Bussie when I was a child at McIntire School, and at age 43, I still think of him. He was kind and I appreciated what seemed to be his gentle nature. I know other students from that time remember him fondly as well. He did hard work and you should know that his way of being sometimes was just what a kid needed. He was a good role model.

I wish I had known these other things about him--his family, his service--as well. I am sorry to only learn them now. The strange nature of how our lives intersect is amazing. I hope that your deep sadness is lifted just for a moment knowing how positively your dad affected others around him.

Sherryl Blow (Bagby)

May 13, 2018

To the family, praying God's grace and peace during this very sorrowful time. I have the fondest memories of Mr. Bussie during my childhood. He was the friendly face in the hallways at school, always greeting me with "Hey Shorty" and a kind word to make me laugh. And, away from school, walking past the house on Westminster, he'd acknowledge me with the same wave and salutation. His kind and happy spirit will always be remembered.