It is with overwhelming sadness that the Henderson and Phillips families of Atlanta and Roanoke, announce the passing from this life of their son, grandson, brother and nephew, Julian VanClyde Henderson, a resident of Pleasant Grove, Alabama. Mr. Henderson transitioned from this life on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.
A life well-spent is filled with fond memories and achievements, and such is the legacy of Julian VanClyde Henderson (known to family and friends as “Clyde”). Clyde was born July 2, 1975, in Roanoke, AL becoming the apple of his parents' eyes.
Clyde graduated from Handley High School in 1993 and served his country in the United States Navy for five years. He continued his endeavors as an OTR driver for the U.S. Xpress Enterprises trucking company. He obtained his trucking and CDL certification from C.R. England Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT.
Clyde was infatuated with classic cars and fully restored a 1974 Cadillac. Other hobbies included participating in swap meets, walking in junkyards, and watching car shows. His smile was contagious and he was a calming source. While in Clyde’s presence, you never felt like a stranger. He treated everyone as family.
Clyde was preceded in death by grandparents: Lonnie ("L.C.") Thornton; Cleonia Henderson; Leroy Phillips; and Rev. and Mrs. C.L. Wilkes; and great-grandparents: King George; Lillie Mae (Baker) Thornton; Eddie B. Henderson, Emma Henderson Wilkes and Estella Gunn. He joined this host of family members in God’s heavenly city on September 1, 2022.
Clyde leaves a flood of love and warm reflections with his parents: father, Mark (Kelley) Phillips and his mother, Angelia Henderson of Decatur, GA. Grandmother Mrs. Audrey Phillips Owens of Roanoke, AL. One sister: Marquita (Michael) Phillips Calloway of Roanoke, AL. Two brothers: Mark Phillips, Jr. of Birmingham, AL and Marquinton (Shevon) Phillips of Marietta, GA. Clyde has a host of uncles: Jimmy Phillips; Larry (Dianne) Phillips; Sammy (Rosie) Phillips; Michael Phillips; Eric Phillips; and Curtis (Twania) Buggs. Devoted aunts: Helen Lewis; Linda Phillips; Kathy Phillips; Mary (Dwight) Herring; Lola Gray; Johnnie (Eddie) Henderson; Sara (Rodney) Houston; Dorothy Armstrong; and Syretta (Ronald) Revels. Clyde shared his heart with a host of great-uncles: Gene A. (Rose) Thornton, Alvin (Annette) Thornton, Calvert Austin, and Carl Austin. Great-aunts: Maggie Rowland (who preceded him in death); Earnestine Thornton; Linda Thornton (Tony) DeSouza; Doris (Richard) Mbonzo; Denise Thornton Sims; Tracey Thornton; Sandra (Calvin) Thornton; Audrey Lee, Barbara Beety, and Stella Marshall. Clyde’s “ready smile” and infectious laughter will forever be in the hearts of his nieces and nephews: Emerald Phillips, Sydney Render, Pierre Phillips, and D.J. Phillips; and an extended host of friends and acquaintances who truly adored and admired him.
THE FAMILY RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS THAT IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS BE MADE TO BRIDGING THE GAP COMMUNITY SERVICES AND/OR THE RANDOLPH COUNTY TRAINING SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION. CONTACT INFORMATION FOLLOWS:
Bridging The Gap Community Services
P.O. Box 1197
Roanoke, Alabama 36274
Phone: (334) 436-8100
The Randolph County Training School Scholarship Foundation can be contacted in the following ways:
PO Box 1411
Roanoke, AL 36274
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