Born in Poplar Bluff on May 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Ernest Henderson and Lorene Conran Sheppard and step-son of the late Wendell Conran. On May 7, 1993, in Campbell, he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Hutchison, who survives.
In addition to his parents and step-father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Sheppard.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie D. Henderson and wife, Kim, of Bartlett, Tenn.; one daughter, Suzanna Bryne and husband, Danny, of Campbell; two step-sons, Arnold Ray Cowart and wife, Cheryl, of Bloomfield and Tim Gene Cowart of Dexter; one step-daughter, Lorrie Ann Sparks and husband, Greg, of Bernie, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 19, at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 20, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Tim Trotter officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden. Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden was in charge of arrangements.