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Bro. Tracy Henderson

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Bro. Tracy Henderson, of Nogalus Prairie, went home to be with our Creator, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 7:15 AM on Sunday, February 17, 2019.  Tracy was born to Virgil and Bertha Henderson on June 18, 1943 in Kemp. He was known for his prowess on the football field at Kemp High School, an amateur boxer, and also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Tracy ultimately found his calling to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ immersing himself in the Christian community which led to his life-long mission as a pastor, attending Criswell Bible Seminary in Dallas. Tracy was the owner of Tracy’s Transmission in Crockett and loved to hunt and fish, especially when it involved camping out on the river with the men of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved good friends, good fellowship, good food and was known for his sense of humor, his kindness, his love for Jesus, his love for people, and for his strong moral compass.

Tracy was blessed with a large and loving family and married his best friend, Betty Louise Stephens on December 17, 1960 in Ennis who loved and cared for him until the very end. He raised his four children with patience, love, discipline and kindness. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to Jesus Christ encouraging them to embrace the beauty and saving grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He taught them to live by his favorite saying, “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will Last”.

Tracy is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Betty Louise Henderson of Kennard; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Neal Havard of Lufkin, son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Stacy Jo Henderson of Nogalus Prairie, daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and David Stephens of Lufkin, son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Susan Henderson of Hubbard; 17 Grandchildren and 14 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Virgil Henderson, Albert Henderson; sister, Reba Henderson Smiley.

Tracy is preceded in death by his father, Virgil Jasper Henderson and mother, Bertha Lee Hammonds Henderson; grandson, Seth Anthony Currie; brothers, William Hughes, Odis Hughes, Harold Hughes, Walter Lee Hughes; sisters, Ernestine Hughes, Katherine Hughes.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Hospice in the Pines who provided more than just comfort, but also provided a sense of humor, peace and tranquility during his transition from this life into the next.

Tracy will be dearly missed as a husband, father, grandfather and friend who celebrate the fact that he is with his Creator and alive in Christ forevermore.

Funeral services for Bro. Tracy Henderson will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 in the Calvary Baptist Church, Nogalus Prairie with Dr. Nathan Davis and Pastor James Whittlesey officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2945 FM 357, Apple Springs, TX 75926.

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  1. My heart is crying for all of us who are mourning losing you. each of us have our own special memories of you that will forever be with us until we meet again. I thank you for the love that you gave us and the memories you left with us. I’m gonna miss you. You rest with Jesus now. We will see you again! I love you my precious uncle.
    May you Rest In Peace!

    Love Terri Henderson Fike
    Your niece

  2. Our family will never be the same. We love you so much. Going to miss you every day.

  3. Brother Tracy was one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was the sweetest, kindest person ever and the best preacher I ever heard and my second dad. He wI’ll be greatly missed.

  4. Cassie,our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Seem like yesterday we were begging to go to your house to visit. You are HOME now with the LORD!
    Uncle Tracy, you will forever be remembered.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. But I know Bro Tracy is praising the Lord and Dancing on the streets of gold. I love all your family. And pray the comfort of the Holy Spirit over you all.

  7. I am praying for the comforter to see your family through this difficult time. He left the earth with hearts changed and will reap the harvest eternally. His leagacy lives on through his family and many others.

    My Deepest Condolences
    Felicia Jernigan



  9. Lots of warm memories with this wonderful man & his family—they were/are my second family and the memories of the many special times we shared are immense! Tracy was a living example of Jesus, whom he loved and shared passionately with those around him. Patience, kindness, strength, leadersip-these are things he shared with all. I remember the many, many trips we made together, Tracy, “Bedda-Lou” and me, we fully enjoyed our times together! Tracy, Godspeed to you! Betty & children, may you find comfort & peace in the midst of your great loss. I love each of you!

  10. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  11. My thoughts go out to you all. I know how hard it can be and there’s nothing anyone can say or do to take away the pain you feel. Prayers for Strength and Healing. Tracy was a good Man. I hate we all never got to be around after everyone grew up and went different directions but Family is Family always. I hate I wont be able to make the funeral but my thoughts are with you.

    Much Love

  12. Tracy was a great man and his family I wished I could have been there but I was broken when I heard he knew his bible he married me and my wife 22 years ago and we have had the best marriage anybody could have to the family I hope u find strength thou this I am so sorry if I knew sooner I would have been there for the funeral We are praying for u all and we love you all

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