Jack Edward Henderson, Jr., known affectionately as Eddie, passed away on September 15, 2023, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was born in Spartanburg on November 19, 1952, to parents, Jack Edward Henderson Sr. and Thelma Corrine Jolley Henderson.
Eddie had a remarkable career dedicated to serving and protecting his community. He worked as a Detective with the Spartanburg Public Safety Department and also collaborated with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on special assignments. Among his notable accomplishments, Eddie had the honor of escorting two presidents onboard Air Force One from Charlotte, North Carolina to Spartanburg, South Carolina during their re-election visits to the upstate region.
Education played a vital role in Eddie's life. He attended Wofford College where he developed a strong foundation of knowledge. Additionally, he furthered his education at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, continually seeking opportunities to enhance his skills and expertise in law enforcement.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Eddie made a significant impact as a substitute teacher in District 3. He had a special affinity for working with children with special needs whom he affectionately referred to as "his kids." Eddie's compassionate nature and dedication created a positive environment where every child could thrive.
Eddie's interests extended beyond his career and education. He possessed an immense love for his grandchildren and cherished spending quality time with them. Eddie was very particular about his hair and his grandchildren were the only ones allowed to touch it. In addition to his adoration for his family, Eddie also held a deep affection for animals. His fur babies - Riley, Tilly, and Macie - brought him immeasurable joy throughout his life.
Music played a significant role in Eddie's life. As part of the Lakeland Southern Gospel Music Group and the Blackwood Brothers, he shared his vocal talents with many. For 15 years, Eddie formed a Gospel Music Duo called "2for1" alongside Steve Quinn. Together they brought the magic of music to countless listeners. Eddie's dedication to his craft and passion for singing led him to achieve an impressive 2nd place in the National Tenors Association.
Eddie is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Mary Ella Parker Henderson of Cowpens. Their enduring bond was a testament to their commitment and unwavering support for one another. Eddie also leaves behind cherished memories in the hearts of his children: Summer Power (Clay) of Kannapolis, North Carolina; Amanda Spurlin (R.P.) of Roebuck; Joe Power (April) of Greenville; Matt Power (Laura) of Lexington; Matt Henderson (Jessica) of Spartanburg. Additionally, he will be remembered fondly by his grandchildren: Dylan Spurlin, Molly Power, Fletcher Power, and Fisher Henderson. Eddie leaves behind a sister, Debbie Morgan (Larry) and a brother, Randy Henderson (Tracey). Additionally, Eddie leaves behind nieces, nephews, and a host of friends who were fortunate to have been touched by his infectious spirit.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307. His Memorial Service will be held at Cannons Campground United Methodist Church at 2:00pm, Thursday, September 21, 2023, with Rev. Joe Blackwelder officiating.
As we bid farewell to Eddie, let us remember the significant contributions he made throughout his life. He will forever be known for his dedication to public service, his love for family and animals, and his incredible musical talents. Eddie leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire others for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Eddie's memory to Spartanburg Humane Society, Donation Submission | Spartanburg Humane Society