Celebrating the Life of
Lyndol Ray Henderson
December 7, 1935 – August 24, 2023
Lyndol Ray Henderson was born December 7, 1935 in Lelia Lake, Clarendon County, Texas, to Odus and Nola Henderson. He was born in a barn, his dad was there, and boy, was his mom surprised when she got home from the store! He had an older brother, Norman, an older sister, Eunice and a younger sister, Rita. As a young boy, his parents migrated from tenant farming in the Panhandle of Texas to the Rio Grande Valley. Lyndol considered himself a bit of a rebel in his teen years, but at 18 years of age, he was convicted by the Holy Spirit and submitted his life to Jesus Christ. This was largely because of the witness and influence of his older brother, Norman. From that point forward his relationship with Jesus, knowing God’s Word and living for God’s Kingdom were the most important things in his life.
It was in Brownsville, Texas where he met and married his beautiful “bride” of 66 years, Barbara Sue Pinson. Susie and Lyndol soon settled in nearby Harlingen, Texas where they raised four bratty but beloved children - Ray, Janna, Debbie & Steven. During this season of his life, he and Susie became members of Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen, where he served as a Deacon and as a Sunday School class teacher for a wonderful group of friends and young-married couples. He loved his friends at Calvary but he struggled with his work life. He worked the night shift, the split-shift and long overtime hours as an operator at a chemical plant in Brownsville to provide for his family. When the Union Carbide chemical plant was closed 23 years later, Lyndol lost his job and potential pension, and the Hendersons eventually settled into 12710 Retreat Trail in Ravensway, Cypress, Texas. After a few years in another difficult job near the Astrodome in Houston, God provided him with a new job- one with a much better quality of life. By God’s providence the new job was an affiliate of Union Carbide and Lyndol’s pension was restored!
In 1985 they joined Cypress Bible Church and Lyndol committed much of his free time to poring over scripture. He loved to study theology and eschatology, and to organize Bible Studies for the Senior Saints class. For a few years, he also served as an Elder at CBC. Lyndol and Barbara found the most joy and peace in their lives in Cypress, being heavily involved in missions and church ministries, despite the untimely death of his oldest son Ray. During this season, his daughter, Jan, and his son-law, Patrick Hensz, lived nearby. His daughter Debbie married Greg Cowie, and also settled nearby. And his most spoiled child, Steven, met and married Mary Ann Butcher while attending CBC. Barbara and Lyndol hosted Sunday dinners, holidays and birthdays for this burgeoning brood, and his children brought him grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lyndol retired from Union Carbide in December 31, 1999 and spent the last 23+ years of his life doing what he loved most- studying and teaching the Bible, reading thick theology books, traveling, getting dragged through garage sales and thrift stores by Susie, spending time with his kids, watching Tom & Jerry with his grandkids, going to dinner with church friends, watching someone else do his yard, watching TV in his recliner with Barney the Dog, and having philosophical and theological conversations with anyone who had the pleasure of his company. Lyndol was a dedicated and doting husband, a patient and wise father, a loving father-law, a proud
grandfather, a terrific uncle and brother-in-law, a faithful friend, a gifted listener and counselor, a studious teacher, a “living kidney donor,” a sacrificial giver, and a downright great guy. He was also a model train engineer, a patcher of inner tubes, and an expert on Blue Bell ice cream. Our family is blessed to have had him as part of our lives.
Lyndol is loved and is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Debbie (Greg) and Steve (Mary Ann) and his grandchildren Jason Hensz, Ryan Hensz, Bethany Huey (Brent), Tyler Cowie (Brittany), Tucker Cowie (Kathleen), Trent Cowie, Hayden Henderson (Pamela), Austin Henderson, Cameron Henderson, and Amanda Rogers Thomas. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Hannah, Maddie, Colin, and Evan Huey and Ellis, Emerson, and Bella Cowie.
Lyndol died peacefully on August 25 at 6 PM with his wife at his bedside and was immediately in the presence of Jesus. He is preceded in death by his oldest son Ray, his oldest daughter Jan, his brother Norman, his sisters Eunice and Rita, and his parents. In recent years, he also lost far too many dear relatives and friends to list here, but who he is reunited with in Heaven.
Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. Genesis 25: 7-8.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
Those wishing to honor his memory, contributions may be made to KHCB.org.