Sunday, May 29, 2011

Maj. Barry Keith Henderson (1950-1990)

Brandon & John Henderson

On October 6, 1990, Maj. Barry Keith Henderson turned 40. Two days later, he was dead--killed when the jet he was piloting on a training mission crashed in the Persian Gulf.

Maj. Henderson was born in Moulton, but had lived in Tuscumbia for several years. A chemical engineer with TVA, Henderson was also a member of the Alabama Air National Guard. He volunteered to serve in the first Gulf War and was one of only a handful of casualties from Alabama.

Henderson left behind his parents, a wife, one brother, and two sons. His funeral was held October 16, 1990, at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church with interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Tuscumbia. Speaking at his brother's funeral, Lamar Henderson said, "I cannot praise him enough, nor can I honor him enough."

This Memorial Day, let's all honor Maj. Barry Keith Henderson, as well as all those from this area who have given their lives in military service. They deserve no less.

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