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Ralph Bernard Henderson, age 78, of Little Rock passed peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness. Bernie, as he was known to family and friends, was born at his grandparents’ house in Imboden, Arkansas on June 24, 1940, to Ralph Graydon Henderson and Nova Glenn Freeman Henderson, who preceded him in death.
Bernie attended the Little Rock Public Schools and was a proud member of the Little Rock Central Class of 1958. He attended LRU and pursued a career in the grocery business, after which he had a long career in sales.
In retirement, Bernie enjoyed weekly golf games with high school friends, birthday and holiday gatherings with his blended family, and the close loving companionship of his wife, Mary Beth, who also preceded him in death.
Bernie handled the hardships of the past eighteen months with grace and strength. Due to the devoted care of his son, Bret, Bernie was able to live at home following a spinal stroke. His German shepherd, Elvis was his constant companion. Bernie was also cared for by Antonio Rice, Charlotte Butler, and his daughter, Julie.
In addition to Bret and Julie, Bernie is survived by his grandson, Justin, Bret’s wife, Carrie, Julie’s husband, Doug, his bonus daughter, Kelly Breland and family, and his cousin, Beth Henderson Abbott.
No services are planned. Bernie’s family would welcome donations to, CARE for Animals, Inc., 5516 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72207.