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James Alan Henderson

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. CST

DELMAR, Md. — After a 21-month heroic battle with brain cancer, James Alan Henderson, 37, departed this life and entered eternal peace on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Born Feb. 16, 1976, in Morris, Ill,, to Robert and Evelyn Entwistle Henderson, James grew up in Morris, Ill., and later moved to Gettysburg, Pa., where he graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1994.

After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served for eight years and was honorably discharged after achieving the rank of corporal. He was a member of The Marine Corps League Ssgt Walter “Trae” Cohee III Detachment #115 in Salisbury, Md.

In 2000, he married Alice Abbott Hartman, moved to Delmar, Md., and began work for Harkins Concrete Construction in Salisbury, Md., as concrete finisher. In 2001, he was promoted to project manager/estimator, a position he held for nine years.

James served on the town of Delmar Planning &  Zoning Council in 2008 and 2009. He then became the commissioner for the town of Delmar in 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, James was hired as general manager of Delaware Tire Center in Salisbury, Md., where he remained until 2012.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alan and Genevieve Entwistle, and grandfather James Henderson of Morris, Ill..

James is survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Jacob Hartman and his wife, Jessica, of Laurel, Dela., Justin Hartman, Jonathan Hartman, Olivia Hartman and Nathaniel Henderson, all of Delmar, Md.; uncle and aunt Jim and Barbara Entwistle; cousins Julie (Kelly) Retowsky, Heather (Mannie) Roberts, Jamison (Troy Kessel) Entwistle and Erin (Mike) Del Balzo of Gettysburg, Pa; parents Robert and Evelyn Henderson; brothers John & Jeffery Henderson; and grandmother Virginia Henderson of Morris.

A celebration of the life of James will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 29, at The Tabernacle, 8997 Bi-State Boulevard, Delmar, Md., 21875. Pastor Mike Rittenhouse will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in a private family ceremony in Gettysburg, Pa.

Memorial donations may be made to The Bank of Delmarva, 2727 North Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury, Md. 21801.

Condolences may be left on the online guest book at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jameshenderson/

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