James "Jimi" David Henderson

May 20, 1954March 5, 2016

Jimmy Henderson, 61, passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2016. Visitation with family will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. on March 8 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Jimbo was born in Jackson on May 20, 1954, the third child of T. W. and Beatrice Henderson. He grew up in Pearl, graduating from Pearl-McLaurin High School in 1972. In his early years he made a profession of faith and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Pearl. At age 11, he began playing the guitar under the guidance and instruction of his father, the most important musical influence in his life. After high school, Jim was recruited by Butch Stone Management to play with Ruby Starr, and one year later joined Black Oak Arkansas and began touring the world as guitarist. After the break up of Black Oak, Jim worked in Champaign, Illinois, and then Los Angeles until returning to Jackson in 2000. In the late 1990s, Jimi’s interests shifted to music composition and keyboards, further expanding his remarkable musical talent. In Jackson he became lead guitarist and music director for blues legend Dorothy Moore. During his career, he appeared on over twenty records and albums as guitarist, composer, and arranger. Jim loved his family devotedly and took care of his parents for the last several years, while continuing to perform and work. He is preceded in death by his father, the Reverend T. W. Henderson, and survived by his mother, Beatrice Henderson, Pearl; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tommye Henderson, Clinton; sister and brother-in-law, Cecelia and Ray Burgess, Pearl; nephew Josh Little, Pearl; nieces Corley Henderson, Clinton, Hollye Henderson, Jackson, and Finn Little, Pearl. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association or another charity of choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 8, 2016
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 8, 2016

James "Jimi" David Henderson

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Cely Henderson Burgess

May 20, 2018

Remembering my sweet brother on his birthday. I know you are celebrating and having an awesome party in heaven. Love and miss you. Sister Cely

Jan Smith

March 7, 2018

Jimmy, thank you for allowing me into our life and into your heart, for making me feel like a queen, for believing in me, for jamming with me on gigs here in town, for cooking for me, for tomatoe- growing tips, and for reminding me that we have infinite creative abilities! Family, I am so grateful for your love and acceptance of me as Jimmy’s friend. Thank you for welcoming me into Mama’s home and the grace therein you showed me. Always love! Baby Jan

Kimble Ouerbacker

March 6, 2018

Rock on Jimi!! You are missed by so many!! Rest in peace in
God's arms, you amazing guitarist!!

Jeff Phillips

March 5, 2018

Jimi you had a very special talent. I often listen to the Black Oak Arkansas Albums and will remember you always. I have not doubt you are in the greatest band of all times up there in Heaven.

Marty Smith

March 5, 2018

I met jimmy in 1972 when he and tommy aldridge were in the Webs, and played at CoLin , where i was going to school and learning about things i never knew existed...we made a couple blocks in the country , as we all tended to do back then, and they came back and played in a wooden gym...needless to say , the echoes were extra loud for all of us that night...30 years or so later, i met jimmy again, he came out to our weekly jam at the warehouse..who would have believed this quiet, sweet guy could extract such a sound from a guitar. He was 1998 i moved to pearl and at least once a month , i would run into him and his sweet mother in the kroger, and he would reintroduce me as his guitar playing friend...he was one of a kind, a sweet soul, who created magic on i run into josh every now and then in the gateway store in pearl and it makes me smile, because i always think of jimmy and miss bea...

Andy Tanas

March 5, 2018

Remembering my friend and band mate on the anniversary of your passing two years ago. Miss and think of you often and know I'll see you again someday. Maybe you can be my tour guide when I get there...RIP my brother

Andy Tanas

March 5, 2018

Remembering my friend and band mate on the anniversary of your passing two years ago. Miss and think of you often and know I'll see you again someday. Maybe you will be my tour guide when I get there...RIP my brother

Beverly Coney

September 23, 2017

Thank you, Little Jimmy, for all the great music. You were an awesome guitarist and I loved watching you rock it out with Grey Ghost and Black Oak Arkansas. Rest In Peace!

Cely Henderson Burgess

September 7, 2017

It's been 1 1/2 years since we lost Jimbo. He was such a presence in our lives that it is still so hard not to miss him. Thanks to all his special friends for helping keep his memory alive. Love, Sister Cely

Cely Henderson Burgess

August 6, 2017

My sweet brother, we talk about you and the great memories of you every day, you are deeply missed. Love you, sister Cely