Gregory Fielding Henderson, 69, of Olive Hill, KY, entered into rest Friday, January 10, 2020 at his childhood home in Olive Hill surrounded by his family. He was born May 7, 1950, in Olive Hill, a son to the late Myra Sue Fielding Henderson and Leslie A. Henderson Sr.
Greg graduated from Olive Hill High School in 1968 and was a graduate of Morehead State University. He retired from Pipeliners Local Union 798, headquartered in Tulsa, OK, after several years of work as a welder’s helper.
Greg served his country in the United States Air Force as an Air Force policeman. He actively served abroad from 1970 to 1974; he was honorably discharged in 1976.
Greg was a member of First Baptist Church Olive Hill where he served as Deacon and Royal Ambassadors leader. His life was a daily testament of God’s loving kindness and mercy. Few, if any, of the people Greg encountered throughout life left a conversation with him before being extended an invitation to church.
Greg’s love for his family, friends, and total strangers was limitless. He consistently and willingly stepped in to care for his many nephews, nieces, aunts, and other family members throughout his life. Even on some of his hardest days he put others before himself.
Greg is survived by his wife of 39 years Vickey Newman Henderson; his son Andrew Fielding Henderson; his brother Brent (Sandi) Henderson of Fort Sumter, SC; and his sister Leslyn (Johnnie) Spaulding of Mt. Sterling, KY. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Nancy Henderson, Fran Henderson, and Louise Henderson all of Olive Hill; two brothers-in-law: Eddie (Ida) Newman of Taylorsville, GA and Ricky (Barbie) Newman of Olive Hill.
He is also survived by his mother-in-law Charlene Newman of Grayson, KY and his aunt Doris Fielding of Olive Hill.
Greg is also survived by six nieces: Stacy (Bob) Wright, Lynn Henderson, Carla Emerson, Brentni (John) Langdon, Ashley (Peter) Lake, and Jennifer (David) Gipson; six nephews: John (Laura) Henderson, James Henderson, Jake (Leann) Henderson, Michael (Jill) Henderson, Matthew (Tonya) Coram, and Jonathan (Kayla) Newman.
Along with family, church family, and friends, Greg leaves behind his granddog Quincy who often joined him for his many naps.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers: L.A. Henderson, Marty Henderson, J.B. Henderson, and Nathan Henderson. He was also preceded in death by his niece Rachael Underwood; his nephew David Henderson; his father-in-law Raymond Newman; and a special aunt Alice Fielding.
It can be speculated, and with great accuracy at that, if Greg had decided to run for public office, as he oftentimes joked about, he could have won on name recognition alone. He was no stranger to the many people of Olive Hill, nor were they strangers to him.
Greg always carried a song in his heart and a joke on his lips; his smile was a comfort to friend and stranger alike; his boisterous laughter filled every room; his kindness could never be contained and so often spilled onto everyone around him.
Visitation will be held 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at First Baptist Church Olive Hill. Funeral Services will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020 at First Baptist Olive Hill with Bro. Landon Copley officiating; burial will follow at Olive Hill Memorial Park.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers and Ronnie Greenhill will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Online condolences may be shared at www.duvallandmoore.com
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Olive Hill Historical Society, P.O. Box 143, Olive Hill, KY, 41164 or the First Baptist Church Olive Hill Ministry Center, P.O. Box 568, Olive Hill, KY, 41164.
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