James Doail Henson, age 86, passed away on February 20, 2018 in Bellingham, WA. James was born in Benton, AR on October 7, 1931 to Bertha and Jesse Henson. He attended Amity High School and Lamar University, and in 1955 he married the love of his life, Peggy Sue. James had a passion for the outdoors, gardening, and most of all, spending time with family, from informal gatherings to big family dinners. Some of their happiest memories are of working together on the farm and taking care of their many animals. James will always be remembered as a hard working and loving family man. But he was also quite the character, with an endless supply of humorous, no-nonsense quotes: “All I want to see is elbows and assholes” / “You know what thought done, don’t ya? It messed in its pants” / “She’s our kind of people” / “I’m off my feed!” He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
James was preceded in death by sister Hazel Sheets and brothers Bill Henson and Doyle Henson. He is survived by loving wife Peggy Sue Henson; siblings Florene Goolsby and Ray Henson; children James Matthew (Sydnee) Henson, Thomas Clay Henson, and Kelly Sue (Winston) Henson-Renoud; as well as 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for James will be held on Monday February 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes – 2465 Lakeway Dr. Bellingham, with a reception following. Memorial donations can be made to Custer Methodist Church (2996 Main St. Custer, WA 98240) or Sweet Home Church (2755 State Hwy 346, Amity, AR 71921).