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Services for James Allen Henderson, 48, of Gillespie, IL will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL with Rev. Steve Friese and Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mt. Olive, IL. Friends may call on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL from 5 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial tributes be directed to the Henderson Family Foundation.

James died Saturday, February 4, 2012 in his home.

James attended school in Benld and later in Gillespie when the family moved to Gillespie. He graduated from Gillespie High School in 1982. He earned his B.A. degree from Blackburn College in 1987 with a major in math and a minor in chemistry. He returned to Blackburn to earn a second degree with a major in chemistry in 1998.

His work career includes the cabinet factory in Gillespie, Wal-Mart in Carlinville, State inspector of nursing facilities for the state of Missouri, chemist at Mallinckrodt Chemical in St. Louis, Ciba Chemical at Earth City, Mo and moved to General Chemical in East St. Louis, IL in 2003 where he continued to work until his health prohibited the daily demands.

James is known for his love of music, both just to listen to and to participate. James began his love for music when he started band in fourth grade with Mr. Kay. Perhaps this is also when he began his love for money because he would practice in order to earn money, at the rate of one penny per minute. He joined the Benld city band when he was in eighth grade. He continued in the band for many years and turned the love of music into the love of his life because this is where he met Anastasia. Together they continued to play in the summer bands and later brought their children into the family band tradition. Along with the money he earned with his musical ability he also developed a lawn mowing business in his early teen years. For years his clients would look forward to his mowing visits and all to some fresh vegetables from the family garden. When it was time to get his driver’s license he had saved enough to purchase his first car, which is still parked in their garage. You see he always found a value and beauty in just about anything, and if it belonged to him, he treasured it always.

James became an avid coin collector at an early age and was always searching for coins of any denomination that would complete a collection he was working on. He was well known at the bank because he was always searching for coins. He was also a collector of comic books with Superman and Batman being his special interest. Jim passed on his love of Superman to his family. Most often you would and will see them wearing something that shows their support for his love of the super hero, from clothing to jewelry to wrap arounds. And we can’t forget his beer can collection that he and his brother Mark displaced in their rooms when they were in high school.

Jim was also an avid fisherman. He especially enjoyed fishing for the large spoonbill with his son, father and uncle in Missouri. Later he and his local fishing crew of Richard and Josh, and sometimes a few others, loved night fishing. His biggest love was getting to spend time with his grandsons, Bryant and Dean. He was fortunate to baby sit a few days a week. He delighted in watching them figure out how things worked. He did have the opportunity to take Bryant on a few fishing trips.

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Jim has always enjoyed sharing his knowledge with young people. When his illness limited the amount of time he could work he finally got to teach with the title of teacher by substituting at the school and found that was something he loved also. His interested in community affairs was carried through with his children Kiera and Richard, making sure they had the opportunity to try any activity or sport that they showed an interest in. He worked with both their summer ball teams, soccer teams, he helped with the summer musical productions helping behind the lights as well as in front of the lights when needed. He became a Boy Scout leader when Richard was old enough to begin the program and stayed with the organization even after Richard reached his eagle status.

When people talk about Jim they use words such as awesome, inspiring, and admiration because Jim could always be counted on for his work ethic, whether it was working on their home, organizing the boy scouts, practicing for band concerts, preparing for a fourth of July celebration, helping in preparations for musicals or some kind of family celebrations. He was a man of many talents and used each one to the best of his ability to make other people happy and help make their dreams and ideas become a reality.

He worked with Turner Hall for years and was one of their beloved Bingo callers. The ladies always remarked that they could hear the call clearly when Jim was there. And of course they delighted in his wonderful smile, curly red hair and friendliness. He was always on hand to help with the Mt. Olive parade each year and often marched along with the family in the parade with the city band.

James Allen Henderson was born December 12, 1963 in Marshfield, Missouri to Leslie Allen and Marjorie Morehouse Henderson. He married Anastasia Maria Dragovich on October 12, 1984 in Gillespie, IL where they have always made their home and reared their children.

Surviving are his parents, his wife, Anastasia, children, Kiera Elizabeth and Josh Cherry, Richard Floyd Henderson and Sara Geisler, two grandsons, Bryant Henderson and Dean Cherry, all of Gillespie; brothers Mark Henderson and wife Kim and their children Kyle and Michael of Mt. Olive, Daniel Henderson and wife Emily and their children Kevin, Andrew, and David of Hornsby. Father and mother-in-law Steve and Pam Rademacher of Gillespie. Sister-in-law Alexandrea Weinberg and her children, Isaac and Aaron, of Gillespie. Grandmother-in-law Louvine Sies of Mt.Olive. Preceding him in death were his son, John Allen Henderson in 1988, Grandparents:John and Donna Henderson, step-grandfather, Floyd Henderson, Asa and Lula Morehouse, and grandfather-in-law Richard Sies.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravayafuneral.com

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She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

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Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

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