Rev. Tyrone C. Henderson, retired Baptist pastor, passed away on March 11, 2018, at New Perspective Senior Living, Silvis, Illinois
Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Elim Covenant Church, Moline. Cremation will take place prior to services with a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army of Canton, Parkside First Baptist of Burlington, or Elim Covenant Church, Moline. Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory, Moline, is entrusted with arrangements
Tyrone was born the youngest son of a share cropper on Nov. 26, 1939, to Virgil and Edith (Spahn) Henderson. His first experience with God was in a Salvation Army service when he was just 4. He graduated from Elmwood High School. Tyrone married Barbara Yarger and farmed with his father for a short time, then worked for Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria for 13 years. Tyrone and Barbara had three children together. Feeling called to the ministry, he moved his young family to Elgin, Illinois, where he graduated from Judson College. Though his marriage then ended, he continued on to Central Baptist Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.
He married Kathy Carman on December 29, 1974. Called to serve as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corydon, Iowa, he ministered there for 6 years and his three younger children were born there. He then served as senior pastor of the Centralia, Illinois, First Baptist Church. While living in Centralia, he also worked as a substance abuse counselor for the local hospital. Tyrone then served the First Baptist in Oskaloosa, Iowa for 4 1/2 years.
In the fall of 1994 he became the pastor for what is now called Parkside First Baptist in Burlington, Iowa, and served there over 11 years. In Burlington he also worked as a hospital and nursing home chaplain for many years. He was also involved on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Take Away Hunger board, the Council of Churches, and was a founding member of the Burlington Police Chaplain Corp.
As his health failed, Kathy made the decision to move closer to their daughter Dora Beth in the Quad Cities. In his last months, he received the blessing of compassionate care from Bickford of Burlington and New Perspectives in Silvis. He also appreciated special visits and conversations with each of his six children.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his six children, Ty Henderson Jr, Cheryl Chandler, Marcy Eliakis, Dora Beth Christy, Tricia Henderson, and David Henderson; and numerous grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Barbara; and siblings, Clifford, Marcella, Carole, Gerald, and Charmaine.
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