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Everett Laverne Henson, age 87, took his final drive on the highway to heaven on April 15, 2017. He answered to EL, Ever Lovin’, Slim, Tutor, Pop Pop, Dad, and Pops. He was a fun-loving family guy who often heard he looked like Fred Flintstone.
He was born in Richland, Missouri to Everett Bert Henson and Lyndall Edith Chaffen Henson. He was the 4th of 19 brothers and sisters, which explains his license tag “1 of 19.” He was predeceased by his first wife Claire Ann Footen Henson, his infant grandson James Bert Anderson, his parents, and 12 of his brothers and sisters.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Helen Johnson Henson, his children, Dan Henson and his wife, Anna (FL), John Henson and his wife, Kim (SC), Tim Henson and his wife, Lauren (SC), Patty Henson Anderson and her fiancé, Smitty (SC), two stepdaughters, Debbie Johnson and Dana Johnson (SC), 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, and six brothers and sisters, Mary Skinner (IN), Neomia Randall (WY), Lindell Parker (KS), Paul Henson (MO), Phyllis Wilson (MO), and Terry Henson (MO).
EL served in the United States Air Force until he retired in 1969. He was a veteran of the Korean War and in his later years, he wore his veteran’s ball cap everywhere he went. As recent as last year, he and Helen carried on their tradition of meeting in Pigeon Forge for a week with the fellows he served alongside and their wives. On his 87th birthday, he was honored with a Quilt of Valor.
He owned Henson Sunoco, and then Carolina Generator and Starter, where he worked on cars by day and cooked up military style meals by night to serve family and friends from all walks of life. No one drove off from his station or left his kitchen without hearing one of his colloquial sayings, “You be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful, and if you can’t be careful, name it after me.”
When he wasn’t working at his business, he was spending time with family. He loved “outfishing” his sons, working in his yard, hanging out at the river house, chewing the fat with a stranger, and lending a helping hand to a neighbor. Every summer, he drove 18 hours to Missouri to visit his siblings because family mattered most to him. He never missed a wedding, a graduation, or a birthday.
EL was in good health and his mind remained sharp at 87, still driving his white truck around town, playing and winning solitaire on his iPad, watching sports with Smitty, and tending a garden at his daughter’s home. He was locally famous for his chicken bog and exaggerated fishing tales.
Our loss is heaven’s gain. We’re going to miss you, Pop Pop!
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on 67th Avenue in Myrtle Beach. The funeral will be held at the funeral home the following morning, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM. A private family burial will be held after the service for the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Waccamaw Community Foundation for the Ever Lovin’ Henson Family Fund (ELHF Fund). This fund will be used for the betterment of Horry and Georgetown Counties. Please indicate “ELHF Fund” in the memo section of the check. Mail donations to Waccamaw Community Foundation, 3655 S. Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Donations may also be made securely online at www.waccamawcf.org.
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