Miles (Mike) Henderson, Jr. was born January 18, 1932, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Francis Scott and Miles Henderson, Sr. He went home to rest on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
Miles professed his faith in Christ at an early age. He was an ordained deacon. He was committed to serving God through work in the community as well as his local church. Over the years he participated in local and foreign mission projects as well as worked in various ministries including the finance, outreach and trustee boards.
A proud member of the Dunbar High School class of 1950, Miles proudly served as class president, overseeing class meetings and reunions for over 60 years. He received his Associate Degree in Business from Dunbar Jr. College and later earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).
Miles had a long and distinguished career at Safeway Stores, Inc. (later renamed Harvest Foods) from 1955 until his retirement in 1990. He began his career at Safeway Stores as a utility clerk. Over the years he was promoted to produce manager and assistant store manager. In 1968, he became the first African American to be promoted to store manager in his four-state district (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi). After retirement, Miles volunteered as a juvenile probation officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Scott and Miles Henderson Sr.; two brothers, James (Romie) Conway, Jr. and Willie Scott; one sister, Willie Mae Scott; one son, Ronald Charles Henderson; two daughters, Valerie Henderson and Karen Brannon-Hall; and one great-grandson, KeWon Jones.
Miles leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 60 years, Allean “Sugar” Henderson; five children; Reginald Henderson, Vanessa Holt, Janice Fells (Eddie Nelson), Irving Henderson (Cathy) and Marvin Henderson (Aneice), all of Little Rock, Arkansas. He also leaves twenty grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, six great-great-children, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and special friends.
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