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Anthony W. Henderson

Trail Creek, Indiana

August 5, 1968 - July 5, 2024

Anthony W. Henderson Obituary

Anthony Wendell Henderson was a man whose laughter was as infectious as his love for life. He was born on August 5, 1968, in Ruleville, Mississippi to the union of Willie H. Henderson and Ida B. (nee Williams) Henderson, Wally embraced the world with humor until his peaceful departure on July 5, 2024, in Michigan City, Indiana.

Anthony was given the name “Wally-World” by one of his classmates, Curtis Gillespie but everyone affectionately called him “Wally”. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1987, he was known as the heart and soul of the basketball team, not for his jump shots, but for his unbeatable enthusiasm as the team's manager, the "Raiders." Wally's laughter echoed through the halls and the basketball court, making every game feel like a victory, no matter the score.

 Wally joined the workforce at Teledyne Casting in LaPorte, Indiana and later at various manufacturers. Wally attended the New Covenant Outreach Ministries Church. Wally's entrance into the sanctuary on his trusty motorized scooter was an event in itself, often accompanied by a remark or a joke that left the congregation in stitches.

Wally's zest for life found its true expression through his passions. He was a maestro in the kitchen, whipping up dishes that were as much a feast for the taste buds as they were for the soul. His love for basketball never waned, and his scooter became a symbol of his freedom, zipping through the community, greeting friends and strangers with a smile that could brighten even the cloudiest Indiana day.

He leaves behind his devoted mother, Ida B. Henderson, who was his unwavering support system. His children, Imari Henderson, Shaquelle Turner, and Tyveris Roper, and his grandchild, Za'Myah Turner. Wally's siblings, Tricia Henderson, Keith (Sonia) Gailes, Vinson (Josette) Henderson, Willie (Dana) Henderson, and Reggie Henderson, along with his god-brother Andrew Eckwood, shared in the wild and high spirits that was a staple at every family gathering.

Wally's circle of love extended beyond bloodlines, embracing his close friend and cousin Leroy Jones, and the entire West-Side family—a community that became his extended kin. He had the ability to turn friends into family.

Wally was preceded in death by his grandparents; father Willie H. Henderson; and his close cousin Robert James “Bro” Lenoir.

In a world that often takes itself too seriously, Wally’s comedic timing was impeccable, his jokes were endless. Anthony "Wally" Wendell Henderson will be remembered not just for the joy he brought into the world but for the way he lived his life—reminding us, all to enjoy the ride, just like he did on his beloved scooter.

So, as we say goodbye to Wally, let's do so with a smile on our faces, because that's how he would have wanted it. After all, in the grand comedy of life, Wally was a headliner!

Funeral services will be 1pm, Saturday, July 13, 2024 at New Covenant Outreach Ministries with Pastor Dwayne Hurt to give the eulogy. Viewing will be noon until the time of service, Saturday, July 13, 2024 at New Covenant Outreach Ministries.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Anthony W. Henderson hosted by Emmanuel Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Anthony Wendell Henderson was a man whose laughter was as infectious as his love for life. He was born on August 5, 1968, in Ruleville, Mississippi to the union of Willie H. Henderson and Ida B. (nee Williams) Henderson, Wally embraced the world with humor until his peaceful departure on July 5, 2024, in Michigan City, Indiana.

Anthony was given the name “Wally-World” by one of his classmates, Curtis Gillespie but everyone affectionately called him “Wally”. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1987, he was known as the heart and soul of the basketball team, not for his jump shots, but for his unbeatable enthusiasm as the team's manager, the "Raiders." Wally's laughter echoed through the halls and the basketball court, making every game feel like a victory, no matter the score.

 Wally joined the workforce at Teledyne Casting in LaPorte, Indiana and later at various manufacturers. Wally attended the New Covenant Outreach Ministries Church. Wally's entrance into the sanctuary on his trusty motorized scooter was an event in itself, often accompanied by a remark or a joke that left the congregation in stitches.

Wally's zest for life found its true expression through his passions. He was a maestro in the kitchen, whipping up dishes that were as much a feast for the taste buds as they were for the soul. His love for basketball never waned, and his scooter became a symbol of his freedom, zipping through the community, greeting friends and strangers with a smile that could brighten even the cloudiest Indiana day.

He leaves behind his devoted mother, Ida B. Henderson, who was his unwavering support system. His children, Imari Henderson, Shaquelle Turner, and Tyveris Roper, and his grandchild, Za'Myah Turner. Wally's siblings, Tricia Henderson, Keith (Sonia) Gailes, Vinson (Josette) Henderson, Willie (Dana) Henderson, and Reggie Henderson, along with his god-brother Andrew Eckwood, shared in the wild and high spirits that was a staple at every family gathering.

Wally's circle of love extended beyond bloodlines, embracing his close friend and cousin Leroy Jones, and the entire West-Side family—a community that became his extended kin. He had the ability to turn friends into family.

Wally was preceded in death by his grandparents; father Willie H. Henderson; and his close cousin Robert James “Bro” Lenoir.

In a world that often takes itself too seriously, Wally’s comedic timing was impeccable, his jokes were endless. Anthony "Wally" Wendell Henderson will be remembered not just for the joy he brought into the world but for the way he lived his life—reminding us, all to enjoy the ride, just like he did on his beloved scooter.

So, as we say goodbye to Wally, let's do so with a smile on our faces, because that's how he would have wanted it. After all, in the grand comedy of life, Wally was a headliner!

Funeral services will be 1pm, Saturday, July 13, 2024 at New Covenant Outreach Ministries with Pastor Dwayne Hurt to give the eulogy. Viewing will be noon until the time of service, Saturday, July 13, 2024 at New Covenant Outreach Ministries.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Anthony W. Henderson hosted by Emmanuel Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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