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Bonnie Lee Garner Henderson

October 12, 1938 ~ January 13, 2022 (age 83)

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Mrs. Bonnie Lee Garner Henderson, 83, of Newport, NC, died peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Center in Morehead City.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 2022, at St. James United Methodist Church, Newport, with Rev. Tom Supplee officiating.  Masks are encouraged. The service will be livestreamed on St. James facebook.   Interment will follow at a later time at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Newport.

Bonnie was born on October 12, 1938, to Thurman Davis “Buss” and Maggie Lee Mann Garner in Newport.  She professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined St. James United Methodist Church where she remained a member all her life. She graduated in 1957 from Newport High where she also played on the women’s basketball team.  She married Douglas Henderson, Sr., of Newport on October 26, 1957, at St. James, and they made their home in town.  Bonnie was a devoted wife and mother.  She supported her husband’s electrical business, even working in the office when necessary.  She provided for her children and their friends by creating a welcoming home with plenty of food.  She also supported her children by being active in their schools and in their various activities.  

Bonnie was very faithful at St. James UMC where she was a UMW circle leader, a youth counselor, and a constant Sunday School attender.  She was involved in civic work by conducting annual fundraising drives for the American Cancer Society for several years, by supporting the county-wide Babe Ruth Baseball program through Country Music Extravaganzas, and assisting the Meals on Wheels program. 

Bonnie enjoyed visiting with people, finding family connections and remembering the fond times of yesteryear.  She took great delight in the school reunions of Newport High.  She was a very good organizer and planner;  she would often think about her next meal before finishing the current one, not just for herself, but for all who enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of her home.  She and Doug grew to love their Scottish heritage and attended various Scottish gatherings, including the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games since 1974, encouraging others to attend with them.  In life, she proved the saying, the more, the merrier.  Above all, her heart was very large and generous; her willingness to host and to show love will be remembered by many.

Bonnie is survived by her brother, Buddy (Nancy) Garner of Marshallberg, and five children: Doug (Debbie) Henderson, II, of Newport, Bill (Beth) Henderson of Newport; Kyle (Susan) Henderson of Hartsville, SC; Judy Thompson of Newport; and DeAnna (Bobby) Bousman of Newport.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren:  Elizabeth (Brendon) Riley of Morehead City; Averi (Grant) Linderman of Morehead City; Jenna Henderson of Newport; Bobby (Karlie) Bousman of Morehead City; Doug Henderson, III, of Newport; Will Henderson of Newport; Caroline Bousman of Atlantic Beach; James Henderson of Durham; Gabriel Henderson of Newport; Cate Henderson of Hartsville, SC; and John Henderson of Hartsville, SC. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren:  Georgia Mac, Davis, Francie, Charles, and Edie, and five sisters-in-law, along with numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces, and their extended families along with a special family friend, Mrs. Bessie Ward.  Few people who ever met Bonnie escaped her embracing acceptance and love which also made them family.

Bonnie Henderson was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Doug Henderson, Sr; her parents; and her sister, Mrs. Connie Garner Papp.

The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022, in the St. James Community Life Center, Newport. 

The family expresses its deep appreciation both to Dr. Mary Katherine Lawrence for her many faithful years as Bonnie’s primary healthcare provider and to Dr. David Jaworski, hospitalist at Carteret Health Care, for his special treatment plan extending her quality of life.  Also, the family expresses its deep appreciation to the Oceanside staff of Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Center for the care and concern they showed “Miss Bonnie” over the last five months. The family offers its gratitude to Lisa Becton, Donna Harman, Ann Henderson, at-home caregivers, for their dependable and loving support.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carteret Community College (CCC) for the Bonnie Henderson Memorial Culinary Scholarship, 3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557 with memo note: memory of Bonnie Henderson, or with the online link:  https://carteret.edu/foundation/ccc-foundation-donation-form/

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC. 

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January 15, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. James United Methodist, CLC Building
1011 Orange Street
Newport, NC 28570

Funeral Service
January 16, 2022

3:00 PM
St. James United Methodist Church
1011 Orange St.
Newport, NC 28570

Interment At A Later Date

Cedar Grove Cemetery, Newport
Church St
Newport, NC 28570


Carteret Community College for the Bonnie Henderson Memorial Culinary Scholarship
3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City NC 28557
Tel: 1-252-222-6000
Web: https://carteret.edu/foundation/ccc-foundation-donation-form/

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