Roscoe "R.C." Henderson

Born in Cowan, TN on July 10, 1924

Departed on March 26, 2015 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Henderson, Roscoe “R.C.”, age 90, of Nashville, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Dr. Henderson was the son of the late Fred F. Henderson and Bertie Kerley Henderson of Winchester, TN. He was preceded in death by a son (Karl Clinton) and two brothers (Olin & Wilburn).
Dr. Henderson is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean F. Henderson, daughters Mylinda J. Vick and Marsha H. Denton, grandchildren Eric J. Vick and Amber R. Vick. Funeral services will be at 10:00 the morning of Monday, March 30, 2015 at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Shelton officiating. Placement to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Dr. Henderson graduated from Trevecca College in 1949, Received his MA degree in 1950, Specialist of Education degree in 1958 and his Doctorate of Philosophy in 1981. His professional career as an educator began in 1950 as a principal in Williamson County schools, later transferring to Metro Davidson county as a principal. He served as an educator for 43 years. He was passionate about teaching, and also served as a professor at Trevecca University.
He served on the board of the Tennessee Teachers Credit Union for 34 years chairing the board for 25 of those years. Dr. Henderson taught Sunday School for over 45 years, and was an ordained pastor.
He served in the U.S. Navy having active duty in World War II, and Korea. He served in the active reserves and taught sailors who had not graduated from high school. He achieved the rank of LTJG in the reserves.
Dr. Henderson pursued other service after retirement including volunteering to file taxes for the elderly for 20 years and also serving as a volunteer ombudsman for many years.
Pallbearers are: Danny Henderson, David Henderson, Carl Davids, Jeff Vick, Eric Vick, Gary Keith, Keith Johnson and James Hamm.
Honorary Pallbearers are members of his former Sunday School Class.
In addition to customary tributes, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice. Family and friends will gather to remember Dr. Henderson from 2:00pm until 5:00pm the afternoon of Sunday, March 29 at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike; online guestbook www.westharpethFH.com (615) 352-9400.

20 Comments to Dr. Roscoe "R.C." Henderson

  1. tony vanatta
    March 28, 2015 12:17 am

    Great man was very nice to all his school kids like me

  2. Lisa Johnson Tanksley
    March 28, 2015 1:11 am

    I remember Mr. Henderson being a very good and kind man at MCCann elementary. I often think about the teachers and him how they left a positive impact on my life. Thank you for the job and role you played in each person life through out your years of service.

  3. Rhonda (Driver) Hamman
    March 28, 2015 8:19 am

    Great man, best Principle ever! I remember he came to our house and sold us the World Book Encyclopedias. Sorry for your loss. I went to McCann Elem. School late sixties.

  4. Lisa Hawks Martin
    March 28, 2015 8:36 am

    He was a awesome principle miss all my elementary teachers he will b deeply missed McCann hasn’t been the same

  5. Tina Wall Resha
    March 28, 2015 9:53 am

    A special man who led many with fairness at McCann Elem School & helped keep this little girl safe in the mid 60s. God speed Mr Henderson, a good & faithful servant.

  6. isaac smith
    March 28, 2015 10:15 am

    Was a great man

  7. Kim (Sharpe) Allen
    March 28, 2015 11:20 am

    RIP Mr. Henderson! You are a fond memory of my childhood! You influenced so many of us, including myself! You are loved and will be missed!

  8. lisa odle ridgeway
    March 28, 2015 11:24 am

    Mr.Henderson was a wonderful principle. McCann school was the best because of him & Mrs Martin his Secretary loved them both he will be missed RIP

  9. steve carden
    March 28, 2015 12:22 pm

    Mr Henderson was a great principle ,friend and Sunday school teacher after all the years since my accident he would visit me every week to see how i was and remembered the date it happened, ant told me stories about the times i got sent to his office all those years ago.my god bless you my friend you will be missed

  10. Billy Churchwell
    March 28, 2015 4:01 pm

    Mr Henderson was a great principal.

  11. Norita Speakman
    March 28, 2015 6:39 pm

    He was my principal at McCann Elementary. A wonderful person

  12. Debbie Pendergrass Jones
    March 28, 2015 8:56 pm

    I Remember Mr Henderson at McCan in Nashville he was there when I was in First Grade. He was a Great Man I am so sorry for you’r loss. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless the Family…. Debbie Pendergrass Jones

  13. Ted and Beth Wade
    March 28, 2015 11:34 pm

    Although we have only had the privilege of knowing Mylinda for many years, it is evident by his obituary and the signings in the guestbook that Mr. Henderson was a man of great principle and integrity. His character and influence will be reflected in the lives of his children and grandchildren for generations to come. We know it brings you great comfort in knowing this day he is in Heaven, a much more joyful and happier place, with no more pain or discomfort. And you can have the wonderful realization that one day you will be able to join him in that Glorious Place. May God give you peace and healing as you work through the days ahead.

  14. Robert Pirtle
    March 29, 2015 10:48 am

    Heaven’s got the best of the best. You will be truly missed Mr. Henderson!

  15. Sherman R. Hunter
    March 29, 2015 11:57 am

    I remember Mr. Henderson I always liked him. Go rest high on that mountain.
    God bless and Condolences.

  16. Jim and Ann Allen
    March 29, 2015 7:53 pm

    Ann and I were members of Immanuel Church of the Nazarene where Roscoe and Jean were also members; and I remember Roscoe as always being kind and friendly, and a very caring man. He would always be there if anyone had a need, and he loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Roscoe you will be missed by all of us, but now you are in a better place, in Heaven with Jesus. Amen

  17. Martha Crowell Quinn
    March 30, 2015 12:33 pm

    My very first teaching position was at McCann Elementary School where Mr. Henderson was principal. Now, after 33 years of teaching & 15 years of retirement, I look back on that time with much appreciation to Mr. Henderson for taking the time to guide & inspire a brand new teacher. He gave me many opportunities to grow professionally. The comments I’ve read above attest to the lasting impact he also made on the students in the school. Both he & his wife, Jean, were truly interested in both the faculty & students. He was blessed as were we that he lived a long life of service. With much respect, love, & prayers to the family.

    Martha Crowell Quinn

  18. Marilyn Hulan Smith Prince
    April 6, 2015 11:03 pm

    Mr.Henderson made the world a better place. He touched so many lives over the years; children, parents,teachers,the community,friends,aquaintances, and of course, his family. He made an impression on me when I talked to him for the first time, something I’ve remembered often. He told me that if you want to get something done, get a “busy” person to do it! THAT person would be sure to get it done ! He knew what he was talking about. I learned from his experience.Thank you, Mr.Henderson!(I did get the opportunity to tell him this.) He truely left the world a better place by his having lived in it! RIP My Friend…….Well Done.

  19. Martha Fletcher
    April 22, 2015 11:30 am

    Mrs. Henderson, I just learned of Mr. Henderson’s death. We were neighbors for several years before you moved into Bellevue. I fondly remember him keeping that beautiful white fence painted faithfully! May the Lord bless you and your family.

  20. Brenda MCKee
    July 30, 2015 3:48 pm

    So very sorry to hear about this Roscoe was a very loved man.

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