Funeral details announced for Bryant alderman

By: 
Sarah Perry
Staff Writer

Longtime Bryant Alderman Jerry Henson died early Tuesday after a battle with Stage 4 liver cancer.

“After many years of daily battles with abdominal pain and distress, he is now at peace,” his family wrote in his obituary.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant. The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, also at Indian Springs Baptist Church, with a burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Bro. Tom Willimas will be officiating.  

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs has ordered that flags within the city be flown at half staff in memory of Henson until Friday at 5 p.m.

Henson is survived by his wife, Star;  a daughter, Stephanie Powell (Les), of Vilonia; a son, Gerald Dee “L.J.” Henson III (Jessica), of Bryant;  a sister, Diana Remer, of Bryant; three grandchildren, Grayson Henson, Brooklyn Powell and Bryson Powell; and his in-laws, Harold Lee and Joann Marie Verdier McNamee, formerly of Corning, and now of Little Rock. There are also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a number of friends so dear they were considered extended family. 

Along with his involvement with the Bryant City Council, Henson was also active in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bryant. He received the Clubs’ Hometown Hero Award and Charles Broadway Community Excellence Award for his dedications to the children at the Clubs.

Henson’s family is asking those who would like to honor Henson do so by donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bryant.

“Such a donation will be an appropriate and much appreciated tribute,” according to Henson’s obituary.

The entire obituary can be read on page 3.

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