, Port Arthur, Texas


April 11, 2014

Berkley Allen Henderson, Jr.

PORT ARTHUR —    Berkley Allen Henderson, Jr., known affectionately as “Bowie”, “BJ” and “Uncle BJ”, peacefully passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. BJ was born to the late Berkley Allen Henderson, Sr. and Edmonia Henderson on December 6, 1956 in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a 1975 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and enlisted in the United States Army receiving an honorable discharge. BJ was a loving dad, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend and mate. He loved life and showed it by his loving affection with his entire family, but especially with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Like his namesake, he was also a jazz lover.

   He is preceded in death by his father, Berkley Allen Henderson, Sr., sister, Allison Maria Henderson and grandson Cameron Ranardo Jackson.

   Berkley's precious memories will forever be cherished by his fiancé longtime partner, Marilyn Pangelinan-Mathis, children: Derrus Henderson, Auriel Jackson (Altron), mother: Edmonia Henderson, siblings: Deborah Peron, Sheryl Channell (Silas), Patrick Peron, Clyde Henderson (Carol), Faith Samuels (Jeff), Hope Jackson, Adrienne Barnes (Kenny) and John Henderson (Erika); Grandchildren: Shi'monique, Deaja, Aubri, Ashton, Treydian, Alexis and Ciara. Special friends: Donald Solco, Earnest Neveaux, Jr., Harold Jacobs, Kenneth Pleasant, George Sparks, Darren and Stephanie Mathis and cherished family and friends.

   Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, 620 53rd Street, with a viewing from 9 a.m. until service time.  Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery, under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.

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