Kaye Neil Henderson

June 10, 1933February 10, 2020

Kaye Neil Henderson of Jacksonville Florida passed away February 10, 2020. He was born in Birmingham, AL on June 10, 1933. Graduated Phillips High School In Birmingham 1950 as class President and Valedictorian. In 1954, graduated Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. Distinguished Military Graduate in top 20 percent of class. Shortly thereafter he married his high school sweetheart Betty Belanus Henderson. Kaye was then commissioned a First Lieutenant in the U.S Air Force and retired as a Captain. In 1970 the family moved to Jacksonville and he joined Reynolds, Smith and Hills. In 1987 he was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation by Governor Bob Martinez. Kaye was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2013 and granddaughter Roslyn Henderson in 2016. Kaye is survived by his children, David S. Henderson (Karen), Alan D. Henderson (Lori) and Helen H. Jones (Mike), 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Hobbies were a love/hate relationship with golf and his unbridled passion for the University of Alabama football. Funeral arrangements for a family service are still being finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family request donation’s to the Northeast Florida Virginia Military Institute Alumni Association, 30 Fox Valley Dr Orange Park, FL 32073.


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Karen Lane

June 19, 2020

I just received a letter undeliverable to Mr. Henderson, and I feared the worst when I Googled his name. I cared for Mr. Henderson in family medicine at Mayo Clinic. We had great banter. He called me when I moved to Miami. He always gave me a big Roll Tide, and I’d give him a bigger War Eagle. Being from Alabama, we had much to discuss and laugh about. Our visits were very special to me. I missed his last call to me, and I will forever wish for another phone call. I’ll never forget his voice. RIP sir. You were so special to me.

Pat Banker

February 29, 2020

Kaye was a fine southern gentleman and a warm and caring neighbor. I think of him often and will miss him.

Diego Rivadeneira

February 19, 2020

With deepest sympathy as you remember Kaye Neil Henderson
We are deeply sorry for your loss

Virginia Davis

February 19, 2020

He will be missed. He was a kind man. I enjoyed working with him in his time as Secretary of FDOT.

Dawne McCain

February 12, 2020

I had the pleasure of getting to know Kaye over the past several years and was inspired by his intellect and thoughtful insight, patriotism, and strong Christian faith. He was a caring gentleman who was interested in the well-being of others and offered support and encouragement during difficult times. “Do not fear any of those things you are about to suffer… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelations 2:10

William Inman III

February 12, 2020

Kaye was a dear friend and neighbor for forty years during which time we spend many hours discussing family, faith, politics, Alabama football, golf, and our mutual love of country. He was a man of incredible strength who inspired me with his wisdom, kindness and empathy. I smile as I recall the many great experiences we shared!

It is often said that the ultimate measure of a man(or woman) is not the wealth they accumulated, the attention they attracted, or the plaques on the wall, but rather, whether they left the earth a better place because they passed through.

In the case of Kaye, there is no doubt…..his legacy will live forever in his wonderful family and those who were fortunate enough to call him “friend”

Sleep well ole pal…. until me meet again.

William O. Inman, III