Cape Carteret- John Alexander Henderson passed away at Crystal Coast Hospice House on January 7, 2021, at the age of 81. He was born in Macon, Georgia, to his parents, Annie Mae and Buford Henderson. He is survived by his wife, Ann Paderick Henderson, and their son, Kevin Henderson (Tania), and his son, David Henderson (Martina) and his daughter, Elizabeth Henderson Potter (Michael) and two grandchildren, Clayton and Katherine Henderson of Martin, Georgia. He was predeceased by Barbara Roberts (Charles), Gray, Georgia, his childhood friend, whom he considered a sister.
John graduated from Georgia Tech in 1962. While attending Georgia Tech, he worked for NASA/Air Force Space Program in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Warner Robins Air Force base in Georgia. After graduation he began a long and successful career with Du Pont as an engineer in Kinston, North Carolina, and then moved into managerial positions in Kinston and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Wilmington, Delaware.
John was an avid reader on many subjects, especially history. He had many contacts around the world through another of his passions, operating ham radios. He enjoyed sailing, hunting, fishing, flying, skeet shooting, birding, and gardening. He made canvas decoys as well as carved ducks and birds for which he won numerous awards. He was a member of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and Ducks Unlimited. His passion for outdoors led him to become a Boy Scout leader and a sponsor of Boy Scouts of America troops in both North Carolina and Delaware. Through scouting, John touched the lives of many young men, helping many of them achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
John was a member of Swansboro United Methodist Church. When he retired to Swansboro in 1996, he found purpose with the Methodist men and was very supportive of their building projects and the peanut fundraiser.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. at Swansboro United Methodist Church Monday, January 11, 2021, with Pastor Kevin Baker officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will not be receiving friends before or after the service at the church. All are welcome at the Celebration of Life service.
In remembrance of John’s life, the family requests any charitable donations be made to Swansboro United Methodist Church, 665 W Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584, or your favorite charity.