1206. Sharon Elaine Heath (Private).

Jeffrey Weldon Henderson Photo (son of Curtis Weldon Henderson and Nettie Irene Delz) was born on 12 Jan 1942 in Texon, Reagan County, Texas. (418) He died on 11 Jun 2009 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Jeff W. Henderson

Jeff W. Henderson

Jeff W. Henderson of San Marcos, Tex., beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in Austin, Tex., on June 11, 2009, at the age of 67. He was born January 12, 1942, in Texon, Tex., to Curtis Weldon and Nettie Irene (Delz) Henderson. Jeff taught journalism and photography, and served as director of student publications for 37 years on the college/university level, spending the last 29 years at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. While at SWT, he was the executive director of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association for 21 years. Honors include Distinguished Alumnus of Sul Ross State University, the Hall of Fame of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, the Fred W. Adams University Star Hall of Fame at Texas State University-San Marcos (SWT), and Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communications at Texas State. Jeff was very proud of his first western fiction novel which was published in 2008. He enjoyed traveling, taking family and students all over the United States and to other countries. He loved life and wanted to see as much of the world as he could, but his main joy, his "calling" was teaching.

Jeff will be dearly missed by all. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Sharon Henderson; daughters, Laura H. Humphries and husband, Mark of San Antonio, and Tiffany Henderson of Dallas; brother, Donnie Henderson of Odessa; and two grandchildren, Hank and Liv Humphries.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the First Christian Church in San Marcos, with Dr. Jimmy Cobb officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761-5186 or Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Jeff Henderson Scholarship for Journalism Excellence TIPA Central Office: Fred Stewart, Executive Director c/o Texas A&M-Commerce, Box 4104, 2600 S. Neal, Commerce, TX 75429, Phone: 903-886-5231, Fax: 903- 468- 3128, http://www.texasipa.org Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512- 353-4311. Visit our website at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 14, 2009 print

Jeff Henderson was a student's teacher.

Friends and colleagues of the long-serving journalism professor at Texas State University-San Marcos said he wasn't one to lecture pedantically. Rather, his style made students feel as if he were just sharing knowledge.

Henderson died Thursday after being hospitalized for a heart illness. He was 67.

"He instilled a love of newspapers in his students," said San Marcos City Council Member Kim Porterfield, who was a student of Henderson's in the 1980s. "He was a great professor. He was very interested in his students and encouraged us to really reach in our writing."

Henderson was also an adviser for the University Star, Texas State's student newspaper.

Porterfield said he is one of the reasons that she can't start her day without reading a newspaper.

Henderson and his wife, Sharon, were married for 44 years and had two daughters, Laura Henderson Humphries and Tiffany Henderson, and two grandchildren. His wife said that Henderson was "great fun" and that they enjoyed traveling across the country, both for fun and for her husband's research.

"He had a great sense of humor," she said.

Jeff Henderson was born in Texon, in West Texas, and studied at Sul Ross State University, which friend Don Anders described as "the other love of his life."

A professional writer for more than 40 years, Henderson worked at a number of news outlets, including the Odessa American, the San Angelo Standard-Times, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and several television stations.

Anders said Henderson had heart problems for many years but took them in stride.

"He'd take whatever life gave him and made the best of it," Anders said. "Jeff was a true journalist in the closest sense of the term. ... It was about sharing your thoughts on an event with the world."

Sharon Henderson said that her husband was proud of a Western novel he had written, "Marshal of Broken Pick," which was published in January. "He was so excited he had actually published a book and could hold it in his hands," she said. "It was a labor of love."

Henderson worked at Texas State for 29 years. While there, he was named a professor emeritus, and a Texas Intercollegiate Press Association scholarship was created in his honor. He served as the head of the association for more than 20 years and was one of the group's first Hall of Fame inductees.

A funeral for Henderson will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in San Marcos.

Henderson also "cared about us outside of the classroom," said Mark Hendricks, a Texas State spokesman who was a student of Henderson's in the late 1970s.

Humphries said in a statement that her father would have a special message for his former students:

"Know that if you are one of his 'kids,' he's counting on you to be a part of the 'what's next' in the world of Journalism."

Patrick George, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF; pgeorge@statesman.com; 445-3851
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 12 to June 17, 2009 Sharon Elaine Heath and Jeffrey Weldon Henderson had the following children:

child+1686 i. Laura Elaine Henderson.
child+1687 ii. Tiffany Anne Henderson.