William Beekman Henderson was born in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Edgewood School as a child. When his father entered the Episcopal Church ministry, he moved multiple times growing up, attending three different high schools in Alabama and Virginia. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1961 with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Springfield for two years.
Bill started his career with Genesco in Nashville, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Sarah. He left Genesco and moved to Dothan, Alabama to work for Ansell, Inc. During his 25-year career, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. He retired from Ansell as VP of Manufacturing, and managed his family's business in Dallas County, Alabama, while working part-time in Dothan.
He was a member of the Dothan Rotary Club and a lifelong fan of Alabama football. He was dedicated to lay service in the Episcopal Church, where he served in varying leadership capacities for more than 40 years for the Episcopal Church of the Nativity (Dothan) before moving to Huntsville. Upon moving to Huntsville, he and Sarah joined the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Huntsville. He was also a member of the genealogical society, The Society of the Cincinnati, South Carolina Chapter.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Willis C. Henderson, and Mary Isabelle Youngblood Henderson; his sister, Isabelle Youngblood Henderson; and his wife of 51 years, Sarah McInnis Henderson. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah H. Savage-Jones (Stephen) of Huntsville; son, Will Henderson (Garnett) of Atlanta, GA; brother, Meriwether Henderson (Jennifer) of Gulf Breeze, FL; and five grandchildren: Jessica Savage, Charlotte Savage, Hope Jones, Brook Henderson and Liam Henderson.
A graveside service for the family will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11: 00 am at St. Paul's Carlowville, Alabama.
Final care and arrangements have been entrusted to Selma Funeral Home.
Contributions can be made to the Henderson Family Fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, or the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan or Huntsville, Alabama.