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Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 East, Pearl, MS

OBITUARY

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.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Memories

James "Jimi" David Henderson

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Pam Clark

February 18, 2020

Jimi - It has almost been 4 years. Makes me sad to lose a friend like you. You were always smiling and always saying something sweet to me, and to everyone. You always had the nicest compliments. We always made each other laugh. Dorothy Moore's name came up today. I know she is sad too ... not having you around. She was so sad at your gathering almost 4 years ago. We sat together on the little couch ... Ms. Dorothy, me and Margot. ... Lots of your friends with sad hearts. Just thinking of you and your sweet family today Jimi. We love and miss you Jimi, from Pami and your friends.

Gordon Larkin

June 12, 2019

So sorry to only now find out of Jimmy's passing via the tribute B.O.A. paid to him in the song 'Channeling Spirits' on their new album.
Whilst i never had the honour of meeting him in person, his music is still a source of great pleasure & inspiration to me, and has been for decades now.
A great musical talent, and after reading the other remembrances, it's very nice to hear what a much loved & hugely respected man he was in his life outside of music too.
Hope the passing of the years can ease some of the pain of his passing for his family & friends, and the knowledge that he continues to be a musical inspiration to so many on a global scale brings you all some succour.
R.I.P. Jimmy
With sympathy & best wishes from Scotland,
Gordon

Mark Lotti

March 7, 2019

I met Jimmy in Macon, GA while BOA was recording at Capricorn Studios. I was working the night audit at the Hilton where they were staying and would see and talk to the guys when the came in after studio sessions and Jimmy and I became friends and actually ended up hanging out together during the duration of their stay. He was genuinely funny and so damn talented and we had a great time. I lost touch with him a long time ago and just thought about him tonight and googled him and to my great sadness saw that he had passed. Heaven gained a phenomenal man and musician but in my mind and heart we'll always have Cherry Street. Rest in Peace and Love Jimmy...

Andy Tanas

March 5, 2019

It's been three years since you departed this world and time has taken some of the sting out, but you are still missed and loved by so many here. Rest easy my brother...love and miss ya too

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 phenomenal....in 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 guitar...now 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

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