Linda Dowling Henderson, wife of Gerald Lee Henderson, received her wings and went to walk with the angels on May 28, 2022, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She is now breathing deep, running in flower fields, bedazzling and bedazzled, safe in the arms of her beloved Savior. She was a dearly loved wife, daughter, sister, mother, “Dee”, Great “Dee”, and friend. She was loved by her family “a bushel and a peck”.
Linda was the fourth of 16 children born to the late Francis T. and Charlene Manley Dowling. Starting at a very young age and throughout her life, she demonstrated selflessness by her love and care for others. She was humble, earnest, kind and generous to everyone, extending that same generous spirit to anyone she saw in need, even strangers.
Linda loved her family fiercely, especially her devoted and beloved husband Jerry. Jerry and her three daughters and their families were the very core of her life. Their joy was her joy.
Linda was a member of Greenville ARP Church. Throughout her life, she lived by example by her devout love for God. Linda was a quiet, loyal servant leader in the churches she had been a member of. Over the years, she participated in Bible study groups, Sunday School, Children’s Ministry, and served as Elder and on the Nurture Committee. Outside of church, she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Greenville.
In addition to her husband of 62 years, left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Lisa Hay (Dr. Marshall) of Isle of Palms, Kimberly Woollen (Dr. Claude) of Spartanburg, and Amy Edwards of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Caroline Hay Robinson (Russell), Megan Woollen McNair (Chase), Dr. Ellen Hay Johnson (Dr. Addison), Dr. Todd Woollen, Libby Hay, Will Edwards, and Jack Edwards; as well as five great grandchildren, Charlie, Hays, and Johnny Robinson, Dowling “Dow” and Beezie McNair. Also surviving are eight sisters: Patricia Gibson, Frances Kelley (Jim), Terry Dowling, Adrienne Garrett (Gar), Trina Dowling, and Laurie McBryde, all of Greenville, Debbie Howard (Dr. John) of Mount Pleasant, and Kathryn Gebler of Thousand Oaks, California; three brothers: Tommy Dowling (Donna), Jimmy Dowling (Carolyn), and Frank Dowling (Laura), all of Greenville; a sister-in-law, Theresa Dowling; a brother-in-law, Charles Davis; an aunt, Lucille Lindsay, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Linda was predeceased by her grandparents Holder and Sallie Mae Manley; in-laws Lee and Geraldine Henderson; two sisters: Becky Clement (Ralph) and Shirley Davis; two brothers: Larry Dowling (Bernadine) and Tim Dowling; two brothers-in-law: Joe Gibson and Keith McBryde; as well as a great grandson, Addison Ander Johnson, Jr.
The family would like to thank Interim Hospice for their support during this difficult time. A special thank you to our angels on Earth: Jamie Chaney, Angela Young, and Sarah Mumford for their unwavering love and kindness to our precious “Dee”.
The celebration of Linda’s life will be held Friday, June 3, 2022 at 1:30 pm at Thomas McAfee Downtown Chapel, 639 North Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601. A private entombment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
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