Sunday no day of rest for Henderson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 17, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – Sunday was anything but a day of rest for Willie Henderson – for the most part.

Henderson spent all morning and part of the afternoon fixing supper -chicken for the main course, potato bread and a cake for dessert – for her 88-year-old father for Father’s Day.

&uot;It’s been a lot of work,&uot;&160;said Henderson, who worked full-time for 35 years as a janitor with the Concordia Parish School District.

She planned to carry the meal to her father’s house down the street in time to have an early supper at 4 p.m.

But early Sunday afternoon, she got just a minute to rest on the front porch of her Louisiana Avenue house. Nevermind that it was 90 degrees in the shade – with all the cooking going on inside, her porch was probably cooler than inside.

Still, watching cars speed past her house, Henderson read a newspaper before using it to fan herself.

Three of her 14 grandchildren kept her company on the bench in front of her house, reading other section of the newspaper.

They included Markesha Henderson, 10, and Kearesten Patterson, 7, who are living with Willie Henderson for most of the summer, and another granddaughter, 16-year-old Leonia Tyree, who lives with her full-time.

The rest of Henderson’s 10 children and 14 grandchildren are scattered far and wide – from Japan, where one daughter is stationed with the military, to Gulfport, Dallas, Las Vegas and Lake Charles, La.

Another child lives in Vidalia, La; yet another lives with Henderson in Ferriday. But only one daughter and three grandchildren could be with her father, Joe Henderson, on Father’s Day this year, she said regretfully.

&uot;But we’ve had as many as 20 people here in the past, once when we all got together to have our portraits taken,&uot; Henderson said. &uot;Those were a whole lot of photos to take at once.&uot;

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