Otha Freeman Henderson Jr., 1926-2017

Freeman Henderson

The Rev. Otha Freeman Henderson Jr., 90, of Murfreesboro passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. He was born on Sunday, May 30, 1926, in the Saline Community to the late Otha Freeman Henderson Sr. and Effie Pollard Henderson.

He was a proud graduate of Murfreesboro High School, class of 1944. After graduation he joined the Navy, where he held a Quartermaster ranking and served for two years. Afterward, he joined the Army Reserves for three and half years, where he held the rank of Sergeant. Following his military service, he was employed at Murfreesboro Hardware for 26 years. Freeman answered his call to preach the Gospel and served as a United Methodist part-time local pastor of the Delight, Antoine and Smyrna UMCs from 1978 to 1996.

Freeman was very active in the community. He was the voice of the Murfreesboro Rattlers for 50 years. He served on the Hospital Board, the School Board, and the Equalization Board to name a few. He also had a very well received column in the Murfreesboro Diamond expressing views and opinions, and he covered all the sports.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Lingo Henderson; three sons, Bill Henderson and wife Dian of Murfreesboro, the Rev. Jim Henderson and wife Susan of Delight and Mark Henderson of Murfreesboro; and a daughter, Christy Coccarelli of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Todd and Mariel Henderson of Benton, Amy and David Lott of Delight, Kayla and Aaron Thompson of Texarkana, Jade Wolfe of Arkandelphia, Cory Coccarelli of Murfreesboro, Matt Taylor of Eureka Springs and Zach Taylor of Los Angeles, California; and eight great-grandchildren, Adam Lott, Valorie Lott, Brian Lott, Erica Staggs, Chad Staggs, Hadley Staggs, Evan Henderson and Aiden Henderson.

Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at First United Methodist Church Murfreesboro with the Rev. James Wainscott, Bro. Al Terrell and the Rev. Jim Henderson officiating. Burial followed at the Murfreesboro Cemetery.