James Buchan “Jim” Henderson
James Buchan “Jim” Henderson of Pipe Creek passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 20, 1920, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Raised in Scotland, Jim entered the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1936 and became a master mechanic, serving throughout World War II as a specialist in airplane engines, including testing, repair, and maintenance. He served in North Africa during much of the war.
In 1950 Jim and his wife, Helena, immigrated to Canada where Jim began a career in the commercial and corporate airline industry. He spent the last 26 years of his working life with Rolls Royce Inc., serving as the service representative for the North America Jet Engine Division.
He and his family moved to the United States in 1964 and lived in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago. Jim retired in 1987 to Mena, Arkansas. After Helena’s death, he moved to Pipe Creek in 2002 to be near his daughters.
Jim was an accomplished craftsman and woodworker. As a hobby, he made fine furniture, grandfather clocks, and exact replica wooden sailing ships. In addition, he was skilled in languages and a keen student of history, literature, poetry and music.
He is survived by three daughters, Penelope Ruth Henderson, Susan Veronica Clark, and Pamela Jane McKinley, all of Pipe Creek; grandchildren, Will and Sara Clark; and brothers, George Henderson and Herbert Henderson of British Columbia, Canada, and Arthur Henderson of London, England, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 24, at the Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church, officiated by Pastor Cliff Hargrove of the Western Heritage Cowboy Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the “Send Condolences” link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.