A service to celebrate the life of Franklin Moss (“Frank”) Henderson will be held at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 23, 2018 at the Kornegay Funeral Home Chapel at 1112 Fair Street, Camden, SC. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel.
Frank left this life on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, to join Ruth Ashworth Henderson, his beloved wife of 62 years, who predeceased him. He was born on March 7, 1927, in Muskogee, OK, to the late William Arthur and Cora Moss Henderson.
Frank will be greatly missed by his surviving children, Steve K. Henderson (Michele), of Fort Mill, SC, Diane H. Davidson (Darl) and Elaine H. Fowler (Sam), both of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and grandchildren, Laura Henderson, Jessica Davidson, Ross Fowler and Jason Fowler (Lauren), and his “adopted” daughter Patty Kelly. Frank’s sister, Jean H. Howle, and his brother, Wm. Keith Henderson and a baby sister, Margie, predeceased him.
After serving in the Navy in World War II and the Korean War, Frank spent 32 years working for DuPont in electrical control operations and the training of others in that field. He attended college at Brevard University and the University of Tennessee.
An avid hunter, fisherman and Shriner, among other activities, Frank lived life to the very fullest. Until Frank and Ruth built a permanent home and retired to Beaver Creek on Lake Wateree, the family spent several months of the year in a “cabin” on Lake Wateree, where Frank became a renowned water skiier (including barefoot) and outboard engine mechanic (an engine “whisperer”!). He designed and made water skiis and race boats (including a beautiful mahogany one) and competed very successfully in boat and ski races, including 50-mile ski marathons. He also became a private airplane pilot and learned to skydive.
Frank was a very active Shriner and served as President of the Camden Shrine Club and was a member of the Jamil (formerly Omar) Temple. He served in the Flying Fezes, where he was privileged to have had the opportunity to volunteer to fly more than 75 severely burned children to the Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, OH for free care.
Friends and neighbors of Frank all knew they could count on him to lend a hand to help with any job or need, regardless of how big or small.
The family especially wishes to express its deepest gratitude to his loving, devoted caregivers, Cheryl Hood and Joan Ward, who he loved and who became a part of the family, as well as its appreciation to the amazing, caring staff in the Karesh Wing of Kershaw Health.
Memorial gifts may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.