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 Edwin Harrison Henderson

Edwin Harrison Henderson

Irondale, Washington County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Dec 1923 (aged 42)
Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, USA
Plot Zurhellen II (9)
Memorial ID 5100128 · View Source
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President of Natchez City Bank during the years of WW1, married Camile Carpenter and Sarah Aldrich. Died a widower at a young age. Edwin Henderson was the son of William Eugene Henderson and Rebecca Pritchartt. He is buried in Pritchartt Family Plot in Natchez City Cemetery.

Mississippi Democrat Newspaper - Date about 1923
Death, the reaper, has swung his scythe, and there has fallen one of the best loved and most useful citizen of Natchez - Edwin H. Henderson. His passing has cast a pall of sadness over the entire city, and those who know and loved him cannot realize that the one who only a short while since was was in the full bloom of virile young manhood, has passed to the great beyond. While the period of life allotted to him on earth was brief, his usefulness cannot be measured by the span of his years, and his good works will live on through the years as a monument more eloquent than any imposing shaft to bear testimony to his life of service.
Edwin H. Henderson was a builder, a man of rare executive ability, and he possessed a sympathetic understanding of his fellow men.
Mr. Henderson was distinguished not alone by the fact that he helped to shape the destiny of a great financial institution of Natchez - the City Bank & Trust Company of which he was the president at the time of his death - but was a leader in every civic and community developing project. he had faith in Natchez and all this section, and the ability to inspire this faith in others. A young man himself, he was ever ready to extend a helping hand to other young men struggling along toward the goal of success and give encouragement to those faltering on the way.
During the late war, when the world was torn in strife and the existence of the nation was trembling in the balance,Natchez found her leader in Edwin H. Henderson. It was he who directed the Liberty Bond campaigns and gave his time and ability to every call for war work. To his untiring energy and unflagging zeal, more than any one else, Natchez established a record of patriotic endeavor which will be an inspiration in the years to come.
Mr. Henderson, in addition to being active in the affair of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce, was a charter member and the first president of the Rotary Club of Natchez, and of him it may be said that he lived and put in every day practice the motto of that splendid organization: "Service Above Self."
To those closely associated with Mr Henderson his loss is crushing, and even when the touch of the finger of time has to some degree allayed the poignancy of their grief they will still -- "Long for the touch of a vanished hand,
And sigh for a voice that is stilled."

Mississippi Democrat Newspaper - Date about 1923

BANKER AND CIVIC LEADER ANSWERS SUMMONS OF DEATH - Untimely End of Edwin H Henderson Throws Pall of Grief Over City - End Came after Short Illness - TOOK PROMINENT PART IN COMMUNITY WORK - Was President of City Bank and Trust Company - One of the Leading Bankers of Mississippi--
Edwin H Henderson, banker and civic leader of Natchez, pased away at 4:45 a.m. Friday. Death came after an illness of some six weeks, but it was only withing a few days before the end that his condition had considered critical.
At the time of his death Mr. Henderson was aged forty-two and before his last illness was a man of vigorous strength and great energy. On the day preceding the end, when it became known that his physicians had practically abandoned hope, the entire city was shocked with the suddennesss of the news.
Mr. Henderson was the president of the City Bank and Trust Company, of of the leading fincncial institutions of Mississippi. He had been connected with the bank in an executive capacity from the time of its organization and it was in large measure due to his efforts and sount judgement that it grew to the important proportions which it has assumed.
Mr. Henderson was a vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church; he was the first president of the Natchez Rotary Club and held the office for two terms. In addition to this he took a prominent part in civic affairs through the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Natche Golf Club, and so far as the demands of his business, to which he was devoted, would permit, took a prominent part in all of the leading activities of the city and county.
As a banker, Mr. Henderson was known far beyone the borders of Mississippi. He was a deep student of business and financial conditions, and notwithstanding the fact that he was a young man, was regarded as an authority along these lines.
During the world war he organized and directed the Libery Loan campaigns and took a leading part in all war work. To him, more than any other, perhaps, is due the fact that to every appeal made by the government, Natchez never failed to go over the top.
To Mr. Henderson was accorded to a large degree an understanding of human nature. He was sympathetic, broad minded and charitable in all his acts and deeds, and stood ready at all times to help his community and fellow man in every way at his command. Possessed of broad vision and progressive spirit, he had unbounded faith in the future. He was a practical optimist; was filled with the desire to serve, and his confidence in his city and state gave inspiration to all with whom he came in contact.
Those whose fortune it was to be associated with him to know him intimately loved him - others might admire his ability or respect his business judgement but the ones who knew him best respect him for the human qualities which endeared him to his griends and "grappled them to him with hooks of steel".
Edwin Harrison Henderson was born in St. Louis, Mo, forty two years ago, being the son of Mr and Mrs. William E Henderson, who survive him and are at present residing in San Diego California. He had been twice married - his first wife being Mrs. Camille Carpenter Henderson, who died a number of years ago, and his second wife was Mrs. Sarah Aldrich Henderson, who died a few months ago.
In the year of 1900 he came to Natchez to work in the office of his uncle, W H Pritchartt, Sr. who at that time was engaged in the wholesale grocery business. For a time he was bookkeeper and later traveling salesman. After being with his uncle for some four or five year, he became connected with the Carpenter interests. He had been connected with the City Bank and Trust Company from the time of its organization.
Besides his mother and father, the deceased is survived by two brothers and three sisters, and in addition to the immediate family there are a number of Natchez relatives.
Funeral Awaits Arrival of Relatives. The time of the funeral of Mr. Henderson awaits the arrival of his mother, who has left San Diego, and other relatives and announcements of it will be made later.
Mr. Henderson's mother camt to Natchez to visit him in October, and it was only a week after she had returned to San Diego that he was stricken with the illness which resulted in his death.
At a meeting of the directors of the Natchez Chamber of Commerece, held yesterday a committee was appointed to draft resolutions on the death of Mr. Henderson, and similar action will be taken by the Rotary Club at its next Meeting.

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