Carrie Henderson

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Carrie Virginia Henderson, nee Henry, 96, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1924, in Christian County, KY, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at her home.

Carrie was a member of the former Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Belleville, IL.  She was employed at the Bismark restaurant in Belleville, IL, when she completed and received her certification from the St. Louis Public Schools of Technical and Related Instruction in Quantity Food Preparation sponsored by the Food Service Industry Career Guidance Council in 1961. After leaving the Bismark restaurant, Carrie was employed at the Lincoln Jug, Belleville, IL, as head cook and kitchen manager for over twenty-five years until she retired.  She was especially known for her steaks and homemade soups. Carrie also received her certification in Foodservice Sanitation in 1979 from Belleville Area College and the State of Illinois Department of Public Health.

Raised on a farm, Carrie appreciated nature and loved the outdoors and enjoyed sitting in her backyard.  She loved to cook, sew, quilt, and garden. Carrie was admired for her flower garden and her beautiful roses; a family friend refers to her as “the rose lady”. Known as “Gram” to many, Carrie was a wonderful neighbor and friend.  Humble and kind, she never met a stranger; everyone was welcome.  Her favorite thing was time spent with her family and she loved them all unconditionally.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Foster Henderson; a son, PFC James Loyd Manning; her father, Loyd Henry Sr; her mother, Mary Celeste, nee Lindsey, Henry; a brother, Loyd Henry, Jr.; a nephew, Lester Hopkins; a sister, Catherine Sallee; her stepmother, Azalea Henry; an uncle, Nelson Henry; and a grandson, Jeffrey A. Royston.

She is survived by her children, Norma J. Royston of Belleville, IL, Daisy B. Stokes of Decatur, GA, Mary C. Manning of Belleville, IL, Michael D. Henderson of Belleville, IL, and Theresa L. Henderson of Belleville, IL;
three grandchildren, Melvin L. Royston of California, Christina M. Manning of Florida, and Michael J. Manning of Georgia;
three great-grandchildren, Staff Sergeant Benjamin C. Manning of Maryland, Kia Brantley-Combs of North Carolina, Solana L. Royston of Arizona;
a great-great-grandson, Jayce Combs;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private graveside services will be held Monday, February 22, 2021, at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Thomas Donley officiating.


8 Comments on Carrie Henderson

Janice Fossie-Ware said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM

To Norma and most sincere condolences following the death of your Mother. May the peace that only God can grant sustain you during this most difficult time in your life. Hold tight to your precious memories. Sincerely Jan Ware

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Bob Mueller said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2021 at 8:01 AM

I had the great privilege of knowing Carrie from 1981-1988 at The Jug Restaurant. She taught me a lot about cooking and the restaurant business. Most importantly, I remember her as a kind person and a friend. Carrie has the utmost respect from the Mueller family. On behalf of my family (Vin and Alva Mueller) and myself, I extend our deepest sympathy to her family. Bob Mueller

  • Smithton
  • IL
Jean Ehret said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 6:25 PM

Mrs. Henderson is the mother of our friends, she was the nicest, sweetest, most gentle person in our neighborhood. She always welcomed us when we came to visit, she had a beautiful flower garden that she enjoyed. She will be missed. Our Deepest Sympathy, The Dietrich's Rich Steve Paul Jack Jean (Dietrich) Ehret

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dennis Duane Knolhoff said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 12:25 PM

Norma Not sure if you remember me ,but I was a good friend of your brother Jim when we lived on N. Charles. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many. Can't believe it's been 60 years since Jim died. Lots of good memories growing up in the old neighborhood. Good thoughts and prayers coming your way.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
angela Pride Nelson said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 8:35 AM

Carrie Henderson,was my childhood friend. She taught me to be a short order cook, side by side we worked together. No matter where i was she called me. The family has my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lee Hartmann said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 7:59 AM

The Hartmann family sends their condolences for the loss of your mother Carrie. Carrie and her family were the perfect neighbors growing up. I would not trade it for anything. I miss those times. Once again my deepest sympathy. Lee Hartmann

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim Stoeber said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 6:24 AM

Mike, my deepest to you and your family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Pamela Greenwood said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 11:57 AM

May the Blessings of God give you Peace. Keeping you in our Prayers. With Love Pam & Lonnie Greenwood & Family.

  • Glendale, Heights
  • Illinois

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