Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 4, 2013

Rayburn B. Henderson

The Athens Review

Athens — Athens – Funeral services for Rayburn B. Henderson, 80 of Athens, Texas are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev.  Roy Benefield officiating.  Interment will follow at Davis Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Henderson passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in Athens.

Rayburn Bankston Henderson was born Feb. 6, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Okla., the son of James Thomas Henderson and Dorothy Taylor Henderson.  He married Virginia Rushing in Columbus, Miss. on May 14, 1955.  He was a Baptist and attended Lake Athens Baptist Church.  He was a member of the Painters Union No.  53, and worked in construction, later owning and operating R.H. Painting and Construction.  He could fix or build anything he wanted.

Rayburn was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved hunting and fishing and trapping anything he could.  He was a family man, a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Preston Dee Henderson.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Rushing Henderson of Athens; two daughters, Pamela Rae Anderson and husband Ed of Ector, Kimberly Faye Baker and husband Dillon of Kaufman; four sons, Marty Ray Henderson and wife Pam of Combine, Terry Glynn Henderson and wife Shelia of Athens, Gary Lynn Henderson and wife Tracey of Lucas, Thomas Franklin Henderson and wife Brenda of Kemp; three brothers, Billy Henderson and wife Winnie of Winfield, Ala., James Turner Henderson and wife Lucille of Foreman, Ark., Robert Joseph Henderson and wife Janet of Broken Bow, Okla.; two sisters, Nell Henderson Graham of Fernbank, Ala., Barbara Grisson and husband David of Athens; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and his trusty dog, Purdis.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kasey Henderson, Kodey Henderson, Korey Henderson, Holden Henderson, Hunter Henderson, Seth Henderson, Brandon Henderson, Blake Henderson, Jake Evans and Dylan Evans.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

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