Robert Claude (R.C.) Henderson, 78

WILMINGTON — 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 of 11 years, three children, Cheryl Henderson Meitrodt (Lee), Jennifer Henderson and Stewart Henderson; two grandchildren, Jillian and Laurel; and sister Lynda Henderson Brown.

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

Service plans are pending.

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