Jacob "J.M." Henshaw

September 18, 1916June 7, 2011

Jacob “J.M.” Henshaw, age 94, passed away June 7, 2011. He was born in Hawkins County, TN, on September 18, 1916 to William and Hattie Henshaw. He retired as a First Sergeant from the U. S. Army in 1970. A farm boy who worked construction and mining before entering the Army, J.M. served his country proudly in peacetime and war from the South Pacific to Europe. He displayed a dedication to duty on battlefields and in military surgeries, and as an instructor in medical classrooms. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and presiding over a BBQ grill that turned red meat into fine dining. With a keen eye for life’s amusements, J.M. found bright spots in life’s toughest moments. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years Floy Henshaw and second wife of 40 years Cara Henshaw, and his sisters Pauline W. Neas and Calla Lee Johnson. He is survived by his son, Jacob “Jake” M. Henshaw, Jr. and wife Patricia; their daughters, Rebecca and her husband Dan Martell, and Sarah and her husband Richard Choularton, and great grandchildren, Isabella and Ethan; his nieces Charlotte W. Burnett and Carlene W. Foushee; his daughter-in-law Norma Sturdivant, and his step-daughter Sandy Russell and grandson Jeff Russell; and family members Jerry and Marion Armstrong and family. Visitation will be 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2011, at Sunset Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Vitas Hospice Foundation, 5430 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78229. Please designate the donation is made in memory of J. M. Henshaw.


  • Funeral Tuesday, June 14, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, June 13, 2011

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte

June 14, 2011

Dear Henshaw Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

June 14, 2011

Jake, so sorry I cannot be there to support you and lend a helping hand. Uncle Jakie was always my favorite uncle and I have so many memories of him when I was young - his sense of humor was unmatched. I will miss him greatly. Love Carlene

Roberta Parrillo

June 13, 2011

Norma, You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Roberta

Stormy Ranney

June 13, 2011

I'm so sorry to read of the passing of your father-in-law. Your faith and servant heart have been a witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, during the trials of the last few years. God bless you.

Robert & Roy Alvarez

June 13, 2011


Roy and I want to send our condolences on your lose. We too lost our 94 yr old dad this past January and share the pain and lose of our dear father. Your dad lived a full and exciting life. May God rest his soul and Bless you and your family...

Robert & Roy Alvarez

June 13, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Ollie Awolowo

June 13, 2011

Jake and Family,

Thinking of you and your family as your grieve the passing of your beloved father, Mr. Jacob Henshaw, and celebrate the life he lived through each of your cherished memories.

Although I didn’t personally know your father, after reading his obituary I could tell he lived a full and active life. Because of his life-long activities and friendships, surely he has left many of his footprints behind in the minds and hearts of his loved ones and friends. I pray that your sorrow will lessen over time and be replaced with the joyous memories you each made with Mr. Henshaw during the 94 years of his life.

Heartfelt condolences,

Sr. Shirley Vaughn

June 11, 2011

Although we only had the privilege of Mr Henshaw's presence in our community for the last month of his life, the staff and residents of The Village at Incarnate Word mourn his loss and extended our sympathies to his family