Johnny William H. Henderson

johnny henderson

September 5, 1943 ~ August 17, 2023

Born in: Alice, TX
Resided in: New Braunfels, TX

Johnny William H. Henderson, 79, of New Braunfels, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023, in New Braunfels. Born on September 5, 1943, in Alice, Texas, he was the son of the late Bailey Henderson and Jacqueline Evers Henderson. He was survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Kay Adams Henderson, sons Ty Henderson and wife Andrea, Drew Henderson and wife Lindsay, grandchildren Brooks Henderson, Holland Henderson, Adair Henderson, and Beckett Henderson.  He was also preceded in death by his brother Howard Henderson and sister Sue Wheat.

Johnny was known as “Big Daddy” to his grandkids who loved him dearly.  He had a witty sense of humor that kept us all smiling and laughing.  Statements like “I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken” and “not ness-a-celery” and “don’t pick up any hitch hikers” were just a few of his funny sayings.   If you called him, Johnny typically answered the phone, “Kay’s Bar and Grill.”  His dogs Rio and Sassy also dearly loved Johnny and will miss his kindness and all the treats he gave them.

Johnny could build or fix anything.  He was a modern-day MacGyver.  He was a very accomplished welder that could create whatever the situation called for, and taught welding for many years.  Johnny had a construction company that focused on the agricultural sector, and also served as the business manager for Gourmet Curriculum Press, the company co-founded by his wife Kay. He was a servant to all and put others before himself.

Johnny spent his early life living in South Texas, San Marcos, and Martindale, then the past 38 years in New Braunfels.  After graduating from Freer High School in 1962, he attended college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where he met his wife, Kay.  Johnny also was a member of the Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity (which later became Kappa Sigma) and formed friendships there that lasted his lifetime.  In the past 38 years, many life-long friends were also made in New Braunfels that were cherished by Johnny.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at the Lux Funeral Home Chapel in New Braunfels from 4:00-6:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 21, 2023, at Sunset Cemetery in Mountain Home, Texas. To leave a message for the family, please visit and select obituaries.


Visitation: Sunday, August 20, 2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lux Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1254 Business 35 N.
New Braunfels, TX 78130


Graveside: Monday, August 21, 2023 11:00 am

Sunset Cemetery
5123 Junction Hwy
Mountain Home, TX 78058

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  1. Very sorry for your loss Ty and Andrea. I just recently lost my in law ( my husbands mother) Their memory stays with you and somehow grows stronger.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the Henderson families. May you find peace and comfort knowing your husband, dad, granddad, and father-in-law… Big Daddy, is in the midst of our heavenly host and without pain. Blessings and AEKDB

  3. Henderson Family, my heart and prays are with all of you. Mr. Henderson was an amazing man and will be missed by all. I’ve stolen his line “I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken” and use it all the time.
    Blessings to all and AEKDB.

  4. Ty, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please remember, someone never forgotten is never gone. They are with you everyday in your heart.

  5. My sympathies, Kay, Ty and Drew and families. Johnny was one of a kind and will be missed very much. He knew no strangers and was esteemed by all he met along the way. It was a privilege to work with him at Gourmet Curriculum.

  6. Johnny and Kay were friends of my parents. We lived down the road from one another in Martindale in the 70s. I have fond memories of spending time with their family as a young child. I especially remember Johnny’s laugh!
    When I graduated from SWT and started teaching, they generously gifted me Gourmet Curriculum products for my classroom.
    It’s been years since I’ve seen them, but I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you as you grieve, remember, and adjust to this new life without your Johnny and Big Daddy.💜

  7. Ty, Anne and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. Larry Daniel

  8. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Johnny. He impacted the lives of many in a very positive way. He lived with us for his first two years of college and was like the big brother I never had. We will sadly miss his smile and upbeat personality. Our prayers for Kay, Ty, Drew and families during this difficult grieving time.

  9. Kay I was just told that my dear Johnny has passed away. He was one of a kind and he will always be in my heart. It was not the same after he left The Blake.

  10. Kay,
    We just heard about Johny’s passing. So sorry we missed coming by to pay our respects. Our hearts reach out to you during this tough time.
    With sympathy, Susan and Kenneth Bell

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