On Nov. 1, 2011, our dear friend, father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and storyteller, Tim Henderson, passed on at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carmelite and Karl L. Henderson. Tim is survived by his wife Marian, twin children Scott and Katie, brothers Steve, Matt and Mike, sister Melinda, cousins T.J. and Rodney Hagerty and grandchildren Emelia, Ethan and Anna.
A native of Charleston, W.Va., Tim graduated from Sacred Heart High School where he was an Eagle Scout and National Merit finalist. After high school, Tim left Charleston to become a Russian linguist in the United States Air Force. He got a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College.
He moved to Austin in the early 70s to attend graduate school and teach technical German at the University of Texas at Austin. He became a technical writer in the 1980s and wrote hundreds of books for companies such as Motorola, AMD and Texas Instruments.
During that time, Tim became one of America’s greatest folk song writers. Among his fans were Townes Van Zandt, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Allen Damron and Katie Lee. In 1977, Tim was the winner of Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Texas Music for his “timeless contributions to Texas music.”
Tim’s life, personality, and music touched so many people.
Special thanks to the many friends and family who helped Tim during his recent illness, including Dr. John Sandbach and his staff at Texas Oncology, Hospice Austin and Christopher House.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Hospice Austin, 2820 E. MLK Blvd, Austin, Texas 78702