Coralice Henderson (Fears)
Coralice Fears Henderson, a native of Hampton, Georgia, died on January 3, 2018 at age 92 . She was born on December 1, 1925, the daughter of Bessie Price Fears and William Whitsel Fears of Hampton, Georgia. She graduated from West Georgia College and the University of Georgia. She married James Lamar Henderson Jr. also of Hampton in 1949; they were married for 65 years; and she lived in Hampton until his death in 2014.
After college and early in her married life she taught elementary school in the Hampton, Georgia and Griffin, Georgia public schools. Throughout her life she fondly remembered her last year of teaching in Hampton when, while she was expecting her first child, she “enrolled 40 first graders and there was no such thing as a teacher’s aide”. She took great delight in children and their education-her own and those in the extended family, her grandchildren and children of friends and others in the community. As her family most certainly remembers, her most frequent admonition was–“Let that be a lesson.”
For over 60 years she was instrumental in the success of her husband’s and his partners’ business, J & J, Inc, a manufacturer and wholesaler of nickel alloy products. She was a partner in
Henderson Farms and for much of its existence managed its day-to-day operations. Throughout her life she volunteered and participated in the civic and charitable life of Hampton, Georgia and Henry County, Georgia, in particular the American Cancer Society (Henry County Chapter). In 1998, she, along with her husband, Jim, were the recipients of the second annual Herman Talmadge Visionary Award presented by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother Jesse Jackson (Jack) Fears, her sister Betty Irene Jones, and her great grandson, Thomas Henderson Strachan. She is survived by her three children: James L. Henderson III (Elsie) of Atlanta, Georgia, Ginger Henderson Craft (John) of Darien, Connecticut and Betty Ann Henderson Abblitt (Larry) of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren : Mary Eleanor Henderson of Seattle, Washington, Alice Henderson Strachan (Kevin) of Atlanta , Georgia, George Springer Craft (Sarah ) of Rowayton, Connecticut, Elizabeth Anne Craft of Singapore; James Henderson Craft of New York, New York, William Parker Abblitt (Whitney) of Nashville, Tennessee, Arthur James Abblitt (Grace) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Virginia Marie Abblitt of Atlanta, Georgia; five great grandchildren: James Ernest Craft, Mary Taylor Craft, Thomas Craft, Peter Craft and Mary Eleanor Strachan; her sister in law Nancy Ann Henderson Acker (Joe); and her very faithful friend and caregiver Wendy Richmond (David) of Monticello, Georgia..
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Berea Christian Church in Hampton, Georgia, whose founding pastor was the great grandfather of the deceased..
For those wishing to do so, memorial contributions may be made to Berea Christian Church, 37 Woolsey Road, Hampton, Georgia 30228, Henry County High Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 880, McDonough, Georgia 30253, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.