Tulsa World

Ernest Eddie Henson

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of E. Eddie Henson, on September 6, 2021. Ed cherished his family and friends, was passionate about his work and community, appreciate­d a good sense of humor, spicy foods, an energetic atmosphere, and time for a good book!

Ed was born in Elk City, Oklahoma, on June 7, 1936 to Ernest E. Henson and Ruth S. (Winburn) Henson, and is survived by his wife of 65-years, Erma F. Henson; daughter, Elizabeth R. (Henson) Pyke, spouse, Edward G. Pyke; son, William E. Henson, spouse, Lisa M. Henson; grandchild­ren, Sarah M. (Pyke) Austin, Kayden S. Pyke, Nicholas W. Henson, Ryan E. Henson; and sister, Barbara A. (Henson) Mayes. Ed stood as a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Erma; a caring and nurturing father to his children and grandchild­ren, and mentor and loyal friend to all those lives he touched.

Ed was a graduate of Texas Tech University in 1959 with BS in Mechanical Engineerin­g. He then served in the Air Force from 1959-1962, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Following his time in the Air Force, he completed a Master of Business Administra­tion from Harvard University in 1963. After graduation from Harvard, Ed enjoyed an illustriou­s career within the commercial real estate industry, serving as Vice President of Real Estate for Helmerich & Payne Incorporat­ed, Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963- 1972, President of Wilco Properties Limited, Tulsa, Oklahoma 1972-1975, President of Williams Realty from 1975 to 1987. Following his time with the Williams Companies, he became CEO of Henson-Williams Realty Inc., 1988-2008.

Some of his greatest projects included the Williams Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma (The Bank of Oklahoma Tower, Forum Shopping Center, Westin Hotel, and Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Williams Tower 1 and Tower 2 and renovation of the Tulsa Union Train Depot. Later developmen­ts included The Tabor Center in Denver, CO, The Independen­ce Center in Charlotte, NC, and The RiverCente­r on the San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio, TX. Ed served as a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, Internatio­nal Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute (Trustee, Executive Committee, Research Committee Chairman).

Ed departs with a compelling legacy including a keen desire for learning and knowledge, a healthy sense of curiosity, a deep-rooted tradition of family values, history of personal

and profession­al achievemen­t, and an extensive inventory of T- shirts with invaluable catchphras­es to live by! His favorite quote, recited often amongst family:

“Growing Old Ain’t for Sissies”

The Henson family will be holding a service in Ed’s honor this Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Midway United Methodist Church beginning at 10:30 AM, (5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta GA).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed’s name to the Alzheimer’s Associatio­n.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia in charge of arrangemen­ts.

Condolence­s may be made at www. ingramfune­ralhome.com.

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