Winston Edgar Henderson, III
September 22, 1964 - January 30, 2023
Winston Edgar Henderson, III, age 58 and a resident of Crestview, Florida, passed away January 30, 2023 at the home of his parents, after an arduous battle with liver cancer. He was born in Santa Ana, California to Winston Henderson, Jr. and Bonnie Le Bon Henderson on September 22, 1964. He grew up in Harahan, Louisiana with his two brothers and traveled to Franklinton, Louisiana on the weekends. While in Franklinton, he enjoyed spending time swimming, fishing and hunting. As a young teen, he assisted his dad in clearing several acres of land, which would become the future location of his parents’ forever home.
He attended East Jefferson High School (Class of 1982). After graduation, he became a student of Retts Electronic School, where he earned a certification in Electronics Engineering Technology. It was during that time that he met his wife of thirty-eight and a half years, Graciela “Christy” Webre (married July 7, 1984). They went on to have two beautiful children together, a son and daughter.
In March of 1986, he joined the United States Air Force. A true patriot, he traveled the world while serving his country. Winston’s first duty was Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. His next duty station was located at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana. From there, he and his family were sent to Sembach Air Force Base in Germany, where he served during the Gulf War. After a year, Sembach AFB was marked for closure. He and his family traveled to RAF Bentwaters, England and were stationed there for two years. Upon returning to the United States, he began an assignment at Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida. While working at Eglin, he received orders to report for a yearlong tour in Korea. When he returned from Korea, he was given orders to Duke Field in Northwest Florida. During his time at Duke Field, he deployed to multiple countries in the Middle East for months at a time. Finally on April 1, 2006, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and ended his illustrious military career.
After his retirement, he was hired at Crestview Aerospace as an Electronic Technician. When Lockheed Martin came calling several years later, he chose to embark upon a more challenging, rewarding position as an Electronic Technician/Electronic Warfare Specialist, where he was promoted as group lead. He continued to work in a fulfilling position until his illness forced him into early retirement.
Throughout his rewarding life, he spent his free time enjoying the company of his family. Family meant everything to him. His favorite pastimes included planting many vegetable gardens, collecting and lovingly restoring guns, cooking and creating the most delicious meals, watching movies and watching his beloved New Orleans Saints play football.
Survived by: Wife: Christy Webre Henderson of Crestview; Son and Spouse: Winston Henderson, IV and Kevin of Pensacola, FL; Daughter: Brittany Ann Henderson of Crestview; Parents: Winston Henderson, Jr. and Bonnie Le Bon Henderson of Franklinton, LA; Brother and Sister in law: Wayne Thomas Henderson and Kathleen Henderson of Franklinton; Sisters in law and Brothers in law: Dr. Cynthia and Robin Hanemann of Old Metairie, LA, Gerry Reyes of New Orleans, Daniel and Karen Webre of Metairie, Sandra Reyes; Nephews and Nieces: Wayne Henderson, Jr. and Kelsey Henderson, Shawn Henderson, Jessica Henderson Burkenstock and Ross Burkenstock and their daughter Hattie Grace, Katie Dupree, Arden Hanemann
He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael David Henderson, brother in law Roberto Reyes and his grandparents.
Visitation will be at Holy Family Catholic Church (1220 14th Ave., Franklinton, LA) on Saturday February 11th from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral mass will be held in the church at 11:00 am with Father Kyle Sanders officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Henderson Family Cemetery.
Winston Edgar Henderson, IV will serve as honorary pallbearer.
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