Jackie W. Henderson
Jackie Wayne Henderson, also known affectionately as Jackie, was a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on the world with his intelligence, dedication, and love for others. He was born on October 25th, 1951, in Greenville, SC to his loving parents Stonewall Jackson Henderson and Lilly Lucille Henderson.
From an early age, Jackie displayed a thirst for knowledge and a natural brilliance that set him apart. It came as no surprise when he graduated from Anderson College in 1971, armed with a wealth of wisdom and ready to take on the world.
Jackie's 36-year career path led him to become a Senior Reactor Operator at Oconee Nuclear Station. His contributions were invaluable and his expertise unwavering as he navigated the complexities of his work with utmost precision. Colleagues often marveled at his intelligence and admired his dedication to his profession.
Outside of work, Jackie's interests were just as fascinating as his career. He had an undeniable passion for fishing and spent many hours casting lines into upstate waters and SC coast. He also found great joy in cheering on Clemson sports teams, infusing each game with enthusiasm and unwavering support. Golfing and hunting were other activities that brought him immense pleasure; he cherished those moments of tranquility amidst nature's embrace. He also, loved his Lord, his church family and his Sunday school class, Couples Faith, at Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Jackie's years of service to his country were not limited to the professional realm alone. He honorably served six years in the Army Reserves, demonstrating his patriotism, bravery, and commitment to defending the values he held dear.
But perhaps what defined Jackie most deeply was the love he held for his family and friends. In Elaine Masters Henderson, he found a soulmate who stood beside him through thick and thin. Their bond was unbreakable – a testament to their shared experiences, triumphs, and challenges that they faced together.
Matthew W. Henderson and Jennifer Snellings were blessed to call Jackie their Dad. His role was marked by unwavering support, guidance, and a deep love that knew no bounds. As his children grew, Jackie embraced every milestone, beaming with pride at their accomplishments. His grandsons, Nathan Snellings, Jackson and Samuel Henderson and granddaughter, Kaylee Snellings were the sparkle in his eyes. He delighted in spending time with them, imparting wisdom and creating cherished memories that will forever be held close.
On July 20th, 2023, Jackie Wayne Henderson passed away after a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer's disease. Even in the face of adversity, he remained strong, displaying resilience and grace that inspired all who knew him. Though his memory may have faded towards the end of his journey, the impact he made on the lives of those around him will forever remain etched in their hearts.
Jackie's legacy will continue to live on through the memories shared by his surviving family and friends. Though they mourn his loss deeply, they find solace in knowing that he has found peace after a life well-lived. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elaine Masters Henderson of Easley; his children, Matthew W. Henderson (Jobie), of Powdersville, SC, and Jennifer Snellings (Dr. Rev. Carey), of Oakboro, NC. He also leaves behind his much-loved grandchildren, Nathan Snellings, Kaylee Snellings, Jackson Henderson, and Samuel Henderson.
The family will receive friends and family on Monday July 24, 2023, from 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM at Robinson Funeral Home, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642, with a celebration of Jackie’s life at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Agape Hospice, 260 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, SC 29356 in honor of the wonderful care that the family received during Jackie’s battle with Alzheimer's.
Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory – Powdersville Road, Easley.