Pamela Paris Henderson

June 18, 1944November 2, 2020

Pamela Paris Henderson was born on June 18, 1944, in Hopewell, VA, to the late Charles and Ruth Paris. She departed this life on November 2, 2020.

Pam was a 1962 graduate of Colonial Heights High School. She attended Mary Washington College and received her Master’s Degree from Virginia State University. She was a longtime member of Highland United Methodist Church. Pam was employed by the Colonial Heights School System for more than 40 years as a teacher, guidance counselor and social worker. She loved reading, traveling, watching basketball, relaxing at the beach and above all else, spending time with her beloved grandsons.

Left to cherish her memories are two daughters, Jana Henderson and Jennifer Merrell (Paul); two grandsons, Davis and Aaron Merrell; an aunt, Margaret Davis; special caregiver, Candace Bunn; and a host of in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC, is assisting the Henderson family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting



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Kimberly Brooks Spiers

November 13, 2020

Ms. Henderson was my guidance counselor in high school and was the only person in my life who urged me to go to college. No one in my family had ever attended college so I applied. Couldn't be more grateful to her for that advice. I also ran into her several years ago in CH and she immediately knew me by my name. I was touched. Sending condolences to her family and loved ones.

Ann Dereski Williams

November 12, 2020

I worked with Pam at Colonial Heights Junior High School, in the 80's. Our children were of similar ages and I enjoyed hearing of all the things she did with her girls. One memory that particularly stands out was when she took Jana and Jennifer to New York to watch some of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. I was so in awe that she would attempt that as a single mom of two young teen age girls. For me that epitomizes her love of travel, self confidence, and adventurous spirit.

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