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Obituary: Otha Freeman Henderson, Jr.; Murfreesboro


Otha Freeman Henderson, Jr., 90, of Murfreesboro went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

He was born on Sunday, May 30, 1926 in the Saline Community to the late Otha Freeman Henderson, Sr,. and Effie Pollard Henderson.

Mr. Henderson was a proud graduate of Murfreesboro High School, class of 1944. After graduation Henderson joined the Navy where he held a Quartermaster ranking and served for two years. Afterward he joined the Army Reserves for three and half years where he held the rank of Sergeant. After his military service he was employed at Murfreesboro Hardware for 26 years. Freeman answered his call to preach the Gospel and served as pastor of the Delight, Antoine, and Smyrna Methodist Church for 26 years.

Freeman was very active in the community. He was the voice of the Murfreesboro Rattlers for 50 years. He served on the Hospital Board, the School Board, and the Equalization Board to name a few. Mr. Henderson also had a very well received column in the Murfreesboro Diamond expressing views and opinions, and of course he covered all the sports.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen Lingo Henderson. Three sons, Bill Henderson and wife, Dian, of Murfreesboro; Jim Henderson and wife, Susan, of Delight; Mark Henderson of Murfreesboro; and a daughter, Christy Coccarelli of Murfreesboro.

Seven grandchildren: Todd and Mariel Henderson of Benton, Amy and David Lott of Delight, Kayla and Aaron Thompson of Texarkana, Jade Wolfe of Arkadelphia, Cory Coccarelli of Murfreesboro, Matt Taylor of Eureka Springs, Zach Taylor of Los Angeles, Calif., and eight great-grandchildren, Adam Lott, Valorie Lott, Brian Lott, Erica Staggs, Chad Staggs, Hadley Staggs, Evan Henderson, and Aiden Henderson.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.

Services were Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro with Bro. James Wainscott, Bro. Al Terrell, and Bro. Jim Henderson Officiating. Burial followed at the Murfreesboro Cemetery.

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