He was drafted into the Army toward the end of World War II and guarded well-known war criminals in Germany and France. He was a painter for the Illinois Central Railroad and was a member of the Carmen Labor Union.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Gordon Henson; two daughters, Gloria Harris and Pam Shoulta, all of Paducah; two sons, James T. Henson of Gilbertsville, and Rickie Henson of Paducah; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. December 20, at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Burial will follow at Bolton Cemetery in Symsonia.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100.