R. C. Henderson

March 6, 1943 - September 3, 2021
R. C. Henderson

Robert Claude (R.C.) Henderson, 78, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

R.C. was born in Duplin County, NC, on March 6, 1943, to the late Roland Claude Henderson and Lucille Padgett Henderson. He was preceded in death by his brother Roger Henderson.

R.C. was a graduate of Chinquapin High School. After his graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany. R.C. retired from the Wilmington Police Department after 30 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, and collecting old tools.

He is survived by his wife and stepson of 11 years, three children, Cheryl Henderson Meitrodt (Lee), Jennifer Henderson and Stewart Henderson; two grandchildren, Jillian and Laurel; and sister Lynda Henderson Brown; along with many nieces and nephews and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Wilmington Police Recreation Association c/o Billy Young, 615 Bess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation at nhrmc.org.

A memorial visitation and gathering will be 6-8 PM Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

The family requests that all guests wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

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  • June 11, 2022
    Brenda K. Henderson says:
    I want to say watching the video and seeing everyone's wonderful memories of my Husband helps me transition into a world without him. He is and was my soulmate and as every day passes I miss him more and more. Than you all for remembering him and taking the time to express your memories with all.

  • June 11, 2022
    Brenda K. Henderson says:
    I want to say watching the video and seeing everyone's wonderful memories of my Husband helps me transition into a world without him. He is and was my soulmate and as every day passes I miss him more and more. Thank you all for remembering him and taking the time to express your memories with all. He had a great passion for all his friends and fellow officers. He never forgot any of you. He talked often and shared memories about each of you with me.

  • September 07, 2021
    Bill and Lana Pickett lit a candle:
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  • May 31, 2022
    Mrs. Brenda K. Henderson says:
    I want to thank everyone that has posted their memories of my Husband. They bring comfort in this life changing event for me. He always had memories he share of various Police Officers he worked with during his career, He never forgot any of them.

  • September 30, 2021
    Joan Ennis Stanland says:
    I met RC back in 1964 at the Chic Chic. He was fairly new to the Police Department and was so proud to be. He was always a gentleman and I looked forward each time just talking with him as a good firend. To his family you are all in my thoughts and prayers, he will be missed by so many that he touched their lives and left a good memory with.