Mr. William Thomas “Bill” Henderson, 71, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at this home in Eastpoint.

He was born June 26, 1942 in Apalachicola to Juanita and William Thomas “Willie” Henderson, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Mae Henderson, and their two sons, Michael Henderson, of Apalachicola, and Scott (wife Lee) Henderson, of Eastpoint. He leaves also behind a granddaughter Heather Henderson, and a grandson, Zack McKenzie. Mr. Henderson also had two great-granddaughters, Lily Henderson and Isabella McKenzie.

Mr. Henderson was a great public servant and served two terms as county commissioner in the 1970s. He was retired from the Franklin County Public Works Department as director of mosquito control and assistant superintendent.  He was also a commercial fisherman and business owner

Visitation and Mass was held Friday afternoon, March 7 at Kelley Funeral Home in Apalachicola, which was in charge of arrangements. Funeral Mass and burial were Saturday afternoon, March 8 at. St. Patrick Catholic Church in Apalachicola, with Father Joe Pinchock officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Pastor Ray Creamer, Sheriff Mike Mock, Dewitt Polous, Kevin Martina, Bailey Chumney and Billy Hicks. Honorary pallbearers were Pastor Bobby Shiver,  Raymond Hall and Bevin Putnal.

The Henderson family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Martina, Mrs. Monica Lemieux, Mrs. Janice Hicks, Mrs. Marcia Johnson, Pastor Bobby Shiver and to everyone else who provided assistance. We also wish to thank everyone else for the flowers, food and prayers. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

The family also wishes to thank all of the outstanding employees at Big Bend Hospice, who were very professional and kind.