1206. Sharon Elaine Heath
Jeffrey Weldon Henderson
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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:
Laura Elaine Henderson.
Tiffany Anne Henderson.