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Alvin Ray Henderson, 77, of Lewistown, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in his home with his family, under the care of Hospice.

Born December 11, 1938, in Madison County in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina to William “Burlin” and Mandy (Payne) Henderson. He lived most of his childhood in Buncombe County, N.C. and graduated from North Buncombe High in the “Class of 1957.”

Alvin immediately left for basic training with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas. After basic he served four years active duty @790th Air Force Radar Squadron just north of Kirksville, Missouri. That was followed by four years of inactive duty. While @ 790th he meet his bride! Alvin married Bonnie June Spencer on June 20, 1959 in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri. They celebrated 57 years of marriage in June. Alvin attended classes @ Northeast Missouri State University. Alvin and Bonnie were farmers in Adair, Sullivan, Grundy, Schuyler and Knox Counties in northeast Missouri.

Alvin was MFA Plant Foods manager in the early 1970’s. He was elected Presiding Commissioner of Adair County in 1986. There were many bridges built while he held that office and it was his favorite job ever. It was his passion! He served on the PIC Council, NEMO Health Council and Missouri Association of Counties board.

On October 26, 1958 Alvin became a member of the Mt Tabor Primitive Baptist Church. He served as moderator many years.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Kevin Ray (Terri Lynne), Darin Hal (Donna Kay); daughter, Leslie Ann (Chris) Lodahl; eight grandchildren, Spencer Elizabeth, Mandy Kay, Jason Ray, Candie June, Thomas Hal, Emily Ann, C.J. and Erin James; one great granddaughter, Marley Rose; one sister, Carol (Ken) of Georgia. Also left to share the memory of Alvin are his sisters and brothers-in-law by marriage, Beverly and Ronnie Talbert, Charlotte and David Parrish, Patty and Alan Thrasher, Pam and Kent Stokes and Marsn and Brian Harp.

Visitation will be Friday, September 16, 2016, with the family greeting friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO Burial at the Mt Tabor Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Hurdland, Missouri, with military rites.  Pallbearers are Kevin Henderson, Jason Henderson, Tom Henderson, C.J. Lodahl, Erin James Talbert, Daniel Stokes and Dillon Jackson. Honorary bearers are Charles Parrish, Chris Talbert and Kellen Stokes.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt Tabor Primitive Baptist Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home.