James "Jim" Hardy Henderson, 64, of Yulee, Fla., passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center/Nassau.
Born Oct. 25, 1948, in Kennett, son of the late Frank and Josephine Henderson, he attended Kennett High School, and at the age of 17, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965. During his career in the Navy, he served in two tours of the Vietnam Conflict, twice on the USS Saratoga and once on the USS Ingram. He had been stationed at Kings Bay Naval Base, and at Mayport Naval Base twice, once as Tug Boat Master. He earned his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after serving 21 years of service while stationed at Kings Bay. In 1986 he began work for the U.S. Postal Service and worked as a mail handler in many locations in Jacksonville, Fla., before retiring in 2009. He was a member of the Yulee United Methodist Church since 1985, as well as the American Legion. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of almost 43 years, Diane Parsons Henderson, of Yulee; his children, Nathaniel James Henderson and Kristi Henderson, both of Yulee; one grandson, Jackson Everett Gilpin, of Jacksonville; his siblings, Joan Payne, of Kennett, Brenda Whitener, of Little Rock, Ark., Dr. Michael Henderson, of Sacramento, Calif., and Linda Hargrove, of Kennett, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with full military honors was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Yulee United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Sward and Dr. Chester Plank officiating.
Burial was held in the Jacksonville National Cemetery.