US Marine Corps

Paul Ray Henderson

October 6, 1947 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old




There will be a visitation at Crespo Funeral Home in Baytown on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2-5 pm.  The internment will be held at a later date at Veterans Memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Baytown Humane Society.

A proud native-Texan an inventive story-teller Paul prided himself on jokes and clever turns of phrase and not taking things too seriously.  Paul Ray Henderson, 76, of Baytown, Texas, died peacefully while in hospice on February 3, 2024. 

Paul was born in Baytown on October 6, 1947 to William Lynn and Pauline Rhodes Henderson. Growing up, he often fished off of Ferry Road and on Wilson Lake, where his family had a vacation home. 

Paul’s family attended St. Joseph’s church and school where he was an altar boy.  He then went to Cedar Bayou Junior High and Robert E. Lee High schools playing football, and graduating in 1966. He then attended Lee college where he served as a R.E. B. S. officer.  In 1969 he joined the Marine Corps.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1970 and honorably discharged in 1971. 

Paul worked for Sears and Roebuck on Texas Avenue as an assistant manager (and occasionally Santa Claus). He then went on to work at Bayshore Motors and other dealerships for over two decades where he was a top salesman many times. A dedicated worker, Paul finished his career at IGS Security.

He was married three times first to  Sharon Chatham, then to Linda Perkins, and most recently to Patricia Lundy.

His daughters will remember his waking them by singing Reveille (very spiritedly), carefully placing barrettes in their hair, and ironing their clothes with military precision and fun school-day breakfasts at Scarborough’s drug store, Charlie Brown’s, West Main Cafe and Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Paul loved cooking and eating good food and was known for his taco eggs, happy pancakes, BBQ pork ribs and SOS.

He especially enjoyed texting his grandchildren nightly for the “Supper Report”. This exclusive club compared nightly dinners and selected a winner each evening. In keeping with the grandfather’s propensity for good storytelling, members were known to occasionally bend the truth in order to win. 

Paul loved to care for his many cats and dogs over the years. When entering hospice, one of his main concerns was ensuring his cat, Timmy, would be well cared for.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lynn Henderson and Pauline Rhodes Henderson; niece, Robin Abbott and nephew, Pat Abbott.

He is survived by his loving sister, Janie Lynn Abbott; by his two daughters, Lisa Anne Henderson Cahill and her husband Bryan Cahill of Los Angeles, CA and Rachel Elizabeth Vaughan and her husband Jody Lee Vaughan of Baytown, TX; his grandchildren, Regan Vaughan (Jason Drude), Keira Cahill, Jacob Vaughan, Michael Cahill, and Jordan Vaughan; his niece, Lea Ann Abbott McComic; and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; step-sons and their children and many special friends. 


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February 11, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services
6123 Garth Road
Baytown, TX 77521

Interment with Military Honors
May 13, 2024

12:45 PM
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Pkwy.
Houston, TX 77038
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