NORMAN — Charles “Charlie” William Henson, 66, of Norman, died Dec. 11, 2013, in Norman. He was born June 18, 1947, to William Benjamin Henson and Emma Louise Wildgrube in Sulphur, where they had met as students at the Sulphur School for the Deaf.
He grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from old Classen High in 1966. Charlie joined the Navy and served two tours in Vietnam. Between tours he was introduced to his wife, Alice Lynn Hunter, of 41 years, over the telephone. He asked to speak to the shyest girl on the other end. Alice’s sister Janny was too shy to speak, so Alice took the call. During that time they became pen pals. After returning home from his second tour, Charlie flew to meet Alice in Ohio and soon they were married in Oklahoma on June 16, 1972.
His specialty trade was heat and air maintenance. Charlie worked for Lidell Construction, Gordon’s Specialty and retired from the University of Oklahoma after 25 years of service. Charlie and Alice became active members of the Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma Henson; and twin sons, Terry and Jerry Henson.
Charlie is survived by his wife Alice Henson; daughters, Tonia Kuehn and husband Jerome and Angela Henson; brother, Roy Henson; half sister, Jane Stegall; sister-in-law removed, Epsie Henson; nephew, Daniel Henson; and niece, Marcie Smith and husband Justin, and great-nephew Rhett Smith.
A memorial service for Charlie will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Primrose Funeral Service Event Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service, primrosefuneralservice.com.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
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