Services

Graveside Service

Wed. Feb. 5, 2020
1:15 pm

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77038.

Visitation One

Tue. Feb. 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Southeast Church of Christ

2400 Bay Area Blvd
Friendswood , TX 77546.

Funeral Service

Tue. Feb. 4, 2020
7:30 pm

Southeast Church of Christ

2400 Bay Area Blvd
Friendswood , TX 77546.
Wed. Feb. 5, 2020
1:15 pm
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77038.
Tue. Feb. 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Southeast Church of Christ
2400 Bay Area Blvd
Friendswood , TX 77546.
Tue. Feb. 4, 2020
7:30 pm
Southeast Church of Christ
2400 Bay Area Blvd
Friendswood , TX 77546.
In Memory of
Edgar B. Henderson Jr.
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Edgar Henderson is an American Hero as well as a City of Houston legend. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Marines in December of 1941 at the age of 17. He fought in the Pacific Theater at the Battle of Guadalcanal. 

 

After World War II ended, Ed returned to marry his wife of 76 years, Shirley, a professional artist. Shortly thereafter, they moved to California where Ed started working for Screen Gems as an animation artist on “The Fox and the Crow” and others. They welcomed their daughter, Sherry, in 1954. 

 

Ed returned to Houston in the early 1960s and joined forces with Judge Roy Hofheinz to work on the creation of the Astrodome. He created the second Major League mascot, “Chester Charge” and his gang for the Houston Astros. With his studio, he created the wonderful animated cartoons that thrilled fans on the world-famous Astrodome scoreboard. 

Ed, along with his studio and engineers from Rice University, created the original model of Astroworld that is on permanent display in the downtown Houston Public Library. 

 

He then went on to work on the development of several theme parks as far away as South Korea, including Carowinds in North Carolina, MGM Las Vegas and Great Adventure in New Jersey. 

 

Ed worked with NASA to create instructional animation videos to assist in the Apollo 11 project of putting the first man on the moon in the late 1960s.

 

He then started a multiple year project to honor American War heroes. He worked with William Conrad and Mickey Rooney during this time. Ed personally interviewed forty Medal of Honor Recipients for a television project that paid tribute to their heroism. 

 

Ed spent his final years at home in Houston with his wife Shirley and their dog Foxy. He passed away at the age of 95. 

 

Funeral Information 

Ed Henderson's Funeral Services will be held at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 Bay Area Blvd. Friendswood, TX 77546 on Tuesday February 4, 2020. Their phone number is 281-992-2168. The viewing will be at 6:30-7:30 PM and the service will be from 7:30-8:30 PM. 

The 30-minute service at Houston National Cemetery with full military honors will be held in Lane B on Wednesday February 5. People should arrive at 1 PM and the service will start at 1:15 PM. The address is 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77038. Phone number 281-447-8686

 

The Houston Chronicle has written an article on Ed. Please click HERE to view the article.