Ward H. Henderson

February 5, 1926April 11, 2018

Ward H. Henderson, a loving father and friend, age 92, of Valrico, Florida passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Ward was born February 5, 1926 in Lake Placid, Florida to Leon Lucius and Sallie Octavia (nee Hendry) Henderson. He graduated from Lake Placid High School as Salutatorian in 1944 and then served during World War II in the US Army Field Artillery from July 1944 to June 1946. He was a graduate of the School of Business Administration at the University of Florida and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelors Degree. He majored in marketing, but most of his work experience has been in accounting. He retired as a comptroller for the citrus industry.

Ward was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria J. Henderson, and his son, George Best. Loving family he leaves behind are his two sons, Alan Henderson, Richard Henderson (Teresa); daughter, Nancy Smith (Donny); brother, Roy Henderson; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and his furry companion, Honey.

A visitation for Ward will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Wells Memorial and Event Center, 1903 West Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL 33563. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM, 1903 West Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL 33563. A committal service and burial will follow Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM at Lady Lake Cemetery, 400 W McClendon St, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Phyllis Tyree

April 17, 2018

Nancy - my heart is so sad for your loss but filled with excitement at the same time knowing that your precious Daddy is singing loud and beautifully in Heaven. I don't know any one that brought more smiles to so many people's faces -- not only in person but through you sharing your wonderful stories with your Daddy on Sunday's and your special Thursday's together. He was such a charming, sweet, precious, loving and fun man -- actually, he still is! I have to say I still can't get those images of his teeth on the tables at all those restaurants. LOL! And you just laughed with him and allowed him to be him! Your love for your Daddy showed in everything you did for him and it was obvious that he was so very appreciative of you and LOVED you so very much. My prayers are with you and your family today as you celebrate his life! Remember, your Daddy would want you to rejoice in his wonderful life and his reuniting with your beautiful Mother -- what a glorious day to celebrate! Love you Girlfriend with all my heart!
Phyllis & Charlie

Gail Crutchfield

April 15, 2018

Nancy and family, I never met your Dad in person; however I felt I knew him through you sharing him on Facebook. That sweet smile truly told the story of a sweet and loving man. May God walk with you in the days ahead, and may you be at peace knowing he is in the presence of our precious Lord and Savior.

Marlene Eskine

April 14, 2018

My family and I met "Mr. Ward" at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, where he sat right in front of us every week for at least 10 years. When our Pastor would have us stand to greet one another Mr. Ward would always turn to shake our hands and say good morning. He then would tell us how much he "felt like dancing" when he was at church and how he loved to sing. Well, it didn't take long before we were sitting right next to Mr. Ward on that front row almost every Sunday as he became a member of our family. Even when we traveled in the summer, we thought about Mr. Ward and would always bring back homemade Jam's & Jelly's, because he "loved sweets". At Christmas time we'd get him a little gift to let him know how much we thought of him and he would always have a Christmas card ready for us, and if we weren't there on Christmas Eve, he'd carry that card with him until we met again. He was a gentle, sweet man who blessed us every Sunday and even though he will be greatly missed, I know I will see him again one day and I'm pretty sure he will greet me with singing and dancing. Welcome Home Mr. Ward!

Marlene Eskine and Family

Nancy Smith

April 14, 2018

So proud to have this most gentle, kind, precious Godly man as my Daddy. He was always happy and wanted everyone he was around (strangers and all) to be happy. He shared that sweet smile that drew people to him. You knew just by looking at him that he had a heart of gold. He impacted my life in ways that I could never thank him enough for. He touched my husband’s life in the same way. Donny was also proud to have him as his “father”. Donny and I have been forever blessed by his presence and witnessed his departure to be with our Lord and Savior!

When Daddy knew no one else (because of having Alzheimer’s), he always knew and talked about God. God was in his heart, not in his head where this disease had taken over. Know that God is real and when you accept Christ as your personal savior, you two can walk with God through all your trials and tribulations!

I love and miss you already my most sweet, precious Daddy! But know that I find comfort in knowing I will see you and Momma again because I have God in my heart too! ♥️❤️♥️

Nancy Smith

April 14, 2018