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I.D. Henderson, Jr. inducted into Hall of Honor in Lufkin

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The newest members of the Dunbar Hall of Honor in Lufkin are former Angelina County Commissioner I.D. Henderson, Jr. and former Lufkin City Commissioner Percy A. Simond, Jr.

The announcements were made during a special presentation of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative march and celebration.  These excerpts were taken from Mr. Henderson's introduction:

"Mr. I.D. Henderson was born to the Reverend I.D. Henderson, Sr. and wife Willie in the Keltys Community of Lufkin.  He attended Dunbar High School and received his diploma in the military.  He is a member and deacon of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

After leaving the school system of Dunbar around 1946 he worked several different jobs such as shining shoes, local barber shops, washing dishes until finally working at Angelina County Lumber Company.  At this job, he learned a lot about life.  He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years (1951-1971).

He returned to Lufkin, after retiring from the Army, to work at Lufkin Industries.  One year later, he transferred to Home Savings and Loan to work as a maintenance man.  He was encouraged to run for county commissioner of Precinct 2 by Mr. Inez Tims.  In 1980, Mr. Henderson became the first black county commissioner of Angelina County.  He worked in this position for 20 years, and founded the Association of Black County Commissioners which is still in existence today in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Henderson represented the entire community.  He upgraded the roads, put dumpsters in the community so that trash could be disposed of properly, organized litter pickups and hauled it off at his expense.  He worked with getting water and sewage for the community.  He also organized the Cedar Grove Community Association and he currently serves as President.

Mr. Henderson was president of the Citizens Chamber of Commerce from 1978-1984.  The water and sewage project was completed under his leadership as well.  To this day he still holds several community positions including President of Pinewood Park Apartments and the Streetlight Project of Lufkin.

It is with great pride that we have Mr. I.D. Henderson, Jr. as our 2010 Hall of Honor Inductee."

The following are excerpts from Mr. Henderson's acceptance speech:

"Giving honor to God, Mayor Gordon, podium guests, fellow inductee Mr. Percy Simond, Jr., Dunbar Hall of Honor Selection Committee, my beautiful wife and family, and to the great people of Lufkin, Angelina County…I am very humbled, as well as, grateful to have been selected to be inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor among such noteworthy past inductees.

My journey from the little community of Keltys started with a humble beginning, shining shoes, working on the golf course, working at the Keltys sawmill.  Things started looking up once I completed my education first in the U.S. Army receiving my GED to a 2 year course from Langston University back to Ft. Sill to teach OCS Prep, serving more than 20 years from Europe to the Middle East to the Far East until retirement.

My spiritual background came from my father, Rev. I.D. Henderson, Sr. (steps by God from day one) and has continued with my now spiritual father Rev. Mack Page and the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

After retirement from the military, civilian life took a new turn through my first core of engineers:  Mr. Inez Tims, Mrs. Ruth Shaw, Mrs. Truey Smith, Mrs. Ella Austin and Mrs. Janie Maiden, (please forgive me if I left anyone out and charge it to my mind and not my heart).  With such a backing of strong individuals you could say I went from the proverbial "outhouse to the courthouse," the next 20 years as a servant to the people of Angelina County, as your County Commissioner, Pct. 2.

Today, for me there could be no greater honor than to have lived and been allowed the opportunity to serve this great community of people, and to have my tombstone read, "Let the work I've done speak for me."

Thank you Hall of Honor selection committee."



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