Harry K. Henson

Harry K. Henson, 75, of Greensboro, NC, and formerly of Tullos, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro’s Beacon Place. A private celebration of his life will be held for the family Father’s Day weekend. Everyone knew him as “Harry K,” and also as Papaw, KK, Crow and Eureka. He was born to the union of Harry Henry Henson and Pauline Knouse Henson in Pleasant Hill, La. on December 29th, 1942. He and his family later moved to Jefferson, Texas where he lived until the age of 10. The family then moved to Urania, La. where he met the love of his life, at age 11. As a young teen, Harry K. enjoyed hiking and exploring the local dense forests and was in awe of the historical loblolly pines not far from his home. His love of nature extended to many years of white perch fishing. He loved the study of world history and government and was very accomplished in his knowledge of both. He zealously studied, understood and loved the Word of God and was always ready to share that understanding of the Bible. He unfailingly extended a hand of friendship and kindness to all who crossed his path. When Harry was young, his dream was to drive big trucks in which he ended up doing for his family business (H&K Industries) as well as for Missouri Pacific out of Houston, Texas. He graduated from LaSalle High School in Olla, Louisiana in 1961. One June 12, 1964, he married his childhood sweetheart, Patricia (Pat) Ann Babcock whom he referred to as “Trish.” Harry K. worked for Cities Service Oil Company that later became Occidental Petroleum in 1982. Mr. Henson retired in 1998 and moved to Greensboro, NC to be near his children and grandchildren. Anyone who knew Harry K. knew his love and dedication to LSU football. One of his favorite past times was sharing a video of LSU legend Billy Cannon, a Baton Rouge native and 1959 LSU graduate, the winner of the 1959 Heisman Trophy as a halfback. The video features Cannon’s most memorable performance his senior season of 1959 against Ole Miss. Top-ranked LSU trailed the third-ranked Rebels 3-0 early in the fourth quarter when Cannon fielded a punt at the LSU 11 and broke seven tackles on his way to a winning touchdown, as the Tigers won 7-3. The run helped cement the Heisman Trophy for Cannon in 1959 and led the Tigers to the 1958 national championship. The radio call by the announcer along with the grainy black-and white film footage is one of Harry K’s favorite stories and footage that he loved to share. Harry K. was a devout Seventh Day Adventist and a member in good standing of the Charles F. Buck Masonic Lodge in Urania, for 34 years. After he moved to Greensboro, he was an active volunteer for Friends of Gateway Foundation for ten years where he orchestrated the food and beverage pickup for the annual art auctions to benefit Gateway Education Center and Special Needs Programs in Guilford County Schools. Later in retired life, Harry K. enjoyed fishing, golfing, eating Cajun food, having fish-fries and spending time with his family and grandchildren on beach trips and mountain trips. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Pat Henson of Greensboro, NC and his three children: son, Robin Pilcher, daughter, Lisa Bunch (Keith) and Lori Henson Shaw all of Greensboro. He is also survived by three sisters who loved and adored him: Jane Henson Brandon, Paula Henson Brown (Bill) of Urania, and Virginia Henson Casement of Lincoln, NE; also left to cherish his memory are his three grandchildren, Savannah Shaw of Durham, NC, Caroline Shaw of Greenville, NC and Krae Bunch of Greensboro, NC as well as a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a long-time friends who treasured him. He will also be missed by his best buddy and pet Peekapoo, Pepe and of course his grand-dogs, Gary and Buster and great grand-dogs, Pup Hutch, Lula and Maisey and last but not least, his 28-year-old Siamese grandcat, Rowan. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.

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