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Stephanie McHenry's Cherished Memories


January 7, 2021

Stephanie Vallinda Henderson Russell McHenry

Stephanie Vallinda Henderson Russell McHenry was born to the late Michael Flood and Sophie Henderson-Roberson, on December 6, 1969 at E. A. Conway Hospital at Monroe, LA.  Stephanie departed this life on Thursday, December 17, 2020 after a fatal accident. She was reared in Warden, LA (5 miles north of Delhi, LA). She was nicknamed "Midget" by her late grandfather Henry Henderson Sr. Stephanie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized. She united with the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church under the Leadership of Rev. Frank Wilson. She remained a faithful and active member until she moved to Monroe, LA in 1986.

Stephanie attended and completed pre-k, kindergarten, elementary, and three years of high school in Delhi, LA. She attended Neville High School her senior year and graduated in 1987. After high school, she attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, formerly (Northeast Louisiana University) for two years majoring in nursing. She also attended Delta Vo Tech for a short period of time. In 2000, She later attended and graduated from Career Technical College in Massage Therapy.

After moving to Monroe, Stephanie united with the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Joe N. Ward, where she served as a faithful choir member.  Stephanie united in holy matrimony with Rev. John L. Russell II on February 27, 1993. During their union of marriage, two daughters were born, Johnnisha Louise Russell and Sophea Daphanelia Johnsha Russell, and one daughter, Victoria Johnta' Wade, was also reared by them. On February 28, 1993, she moved her membership to the Antioch Baptist Church. She later became one of the founding members of the New Antioch Baptist Church, both under the leadership of Rev. John L. Russell Sr. She later married Mr. Billy Mansfield and Mr. James McHenry. After some time, Stephanie united with the Peter Rock Baptist Church under the leadership of her brother, Dr. Timothy Henderson Sr. She later reunited with the Zion Traveler Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Annanias Word, where she remained a member until her death. 

Stephanie leaves to cherish her memories:  husband, Mr. James McHenry;  four daughters - Mrs. Victoria (Eugene) Tates, Monroe, LA, Ms. Johnnisha Russell, New Orleans, LA, Sophea Russell, Monroe, LA, and Jireh Bennett, Queens NY; her mother and stepfather - Dr. Sophie and William Roberson Jr., Monroe, LA, one -  sister Dr. Veronica (Samuel) McDowell, Alexandria, LA, two brothers - Shermann (Linda) Henderson, Dr. Timothy (Senalda) Henderson; five grandchildren - Jayanna Symone Frazier, Genesis Julianna Vaunte' Tates, John'Mychael Russell, Alani Danielle Hampton, Serenity Grace Russell;  a special friend, Charles LeBlanc, Monroe, LA; two aunts - Gloria (Emmanuel)Jones, Delhi, LA, Connie Fluker, Chicago, IL; two uncles - Allen (Shelly)Henderson, Warden, LA, Levern Henderson, Florence, SC; and a host of other relatives and friends. Stephanie's funeral services were Monday, December 28, 2020 at Greater Free Gift Baptist Church in Monroe, LA.


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