Leland Henderson, 84, passed peacefully from this life Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Lake Charles.
Leland leaves behind his two sons, Kenneth Henderson and wife, Christy, and James Henderson and wife Laura; five grandchildren, Kelly Henderson and partner, Ron Claar, Emily Abate and husband Ryan, Joshua Henderson and wife, Heather, Chance Stracner and Jared Stracner, eleven great-grandchildren and many close friends. Leland was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years, Evelyn Henderson, and his granddaughter, Krystal Leah Henderson.
Leland was the fourth of five children born to Nathan and Bessie Henderson in Delhi, Louisiana. His early years included attending the small community church where he met Evelyn. They were married in 1953 and shortly thereafter, Leland enlisted in the U.S. Army. His military career took him around the country and the world including assignments in Germany, Korea and two tours of Viet Nam. It was during his time in Viet Nam that Leland was twice awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from military service in 1974 and he and Evelyn moved to DeRidder and eventually made it their permanent home.
Leland was a long-time member of Westview Baptist Church and served as a deacon. He and Evelyn were very involved with the church and assisted with numerous events including vacation bible school and many church dinners. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care Leland received from the staff of both Brookdale Senior Living and Amedisys Hospice.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 from 6:00-9:00PM at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA. A funeral service will be held the following day on Thursday, May 31st, 2018, at 11:00AM, also at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home.