Robert W. Henderson passed away in Dallas, Texas on November 26, 2016 at the age of 87. He was born on August 27, 1929 in Henderson County, Texas but was raised in Palestine. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1946. He spent two years in the U. S. Marine Corps, subsequently attending Henderson County Junior College where he graduated as valedictorian in 1950. He then entered Baylor Law School, where he graduated in 1952. He worked for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas before he began working for Placid Oil Company in 1954, an H. L. Hunt Oil Company subsidiary. He was transferred to the Dallas Office in 1959 as head of the Federal Power Commission section of the Legal Department. In this position, he worked in Washington DC for several years, including presenting oral arguments before the U. S. Supreme Court. Before his retirement in 1984, H. L. Hunt appointed him as Trustee of Reliance Trust, where he served until 1995. Throughout his career, he pursued many of his own oil and gas ventures. His hobbies included underwater photography and travelling the world with his wife by taking cruises and land tours.
He was the middle child of Lucius Dow Henderson and Ardell Starr, both deceased, and the younger brother of A. D. Henderson, who was an Attorney in Palestine, Texas, deceased. His wife of 44 years, Mary Bell from Palestine, deceased, graduated from Palestine High School in 1964. He is survived by one sister, Betty Joyce Brotherton and husband Bobby Brotherton; two daughters, Kathy Henderson Church and husband Lloyd F. Church, Jr (Little Rock, AR) and Lisa Wolgamott and husband Michael Wolgamott (McKinney, Texas); and four grandchildren, Katie Church Campbell, Daniel Church, Bradley Wolgamott, and Tyler Wolgamott.
Graveside services, conducted by Herrington Funeral Home, will be at the Land of Memory on Wednesday, November 30, at 2:00 pm and he will be buried between his wife and mother.
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Published on November 28, 2016