Willis Eugene Henderson

Willis Eugene Henderson, 72, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away in January 2024.

Willis was preceded in death by Lela B Jiles (his mother), Melvin Henderson (his father) and Willie Truelove (his biological father)

Survivors of Willis include his children Patrick Jackson (Omaha, NE), Corey Henderson (California), Keya Henderson (Allen, TX), Terri Smith-Rogers (San Antonio, TX), Ventura Smith (Plano, TX), Kinshasa Smith-Walls (Kansas City, MO), son-in-law Naketta Rogers (San Antonio, TX), Daiceonna Henderson (Lawrence, KS), 4 granddaughters, 7 grandsons and 1 great grandson.


  1. Stephanie Magee on January 17, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    To the Henderson Family, My name is Stephanie I used to live in the apartments on Monroe where I first met Mr. Willis. This guy was one of a kind. He had the biggest heart, and was always so nice and pleasant and always making me laugh and always made my kids laugh. We spent a lot of times on the porch over at Willie’s house where he was most of the time always saying it’s me Pimpin…. I was saddened to hear about his passing but just know that heaven gained another angel and Mr. Willis we will take it from here and I’ll keep Willie in line for you. Love ya Mr. Willis will miss your smile and your laugh….

  2. Daiceonna Henderson on January 18, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    My dear Dad,

    Thank you for everything that you taught me. Thank you for being my creator. Thank you for teaching me how to carry myself as a woman. You were so loved my so many. You will always be remember. I miss hearing your laugh, I miss your jokes, I miss your lecturers. Thank you for all of the life lessons. Thank you for always supporting and loving me. Thank you for all of the knowledge! I have so many great memories with you. I am very sad that we cannot make more. I know that you were very excited to meet your new grandson. When we last spoke you wanted to have the correct date for my baby shower to add to your calendar so that you could make it. ? I will be sure to celebrate you for the rest of my days. Thank you for everything, Dad. My first true love. I love you Dad.

    -Love, Daice Dog. ??

  3. Rosalyn Barksdale on January 18, 2024 at 1:41 pm

    I really am at a loss for words right now. Willis an I have shared so many good times together. I still find it so hard to believe he’s gone. He never forgot a birthday or Valentine’s Day. I will always remember his quirky jokes that kept me in laughter. My Willis you will truly be missed and I shall cherish the times, so until we meet each other again…. So long for now …Rest well, Love Roz

  4. Brenda Taylor on January 18, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    Sending my Condolences to the family. Pops was so much fun to be around.. he will be truly missed. Love you Daice??

  5. Brenda Taylor on January 18, 2024 at 1:59 pm


  6. Donald Dorsey on January 18, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Family, I grieve your loss of a good man. We worked together at Deerfield Elementay before we realized that my daughter and I were friends with his mother and step father. Some of those July 4th birthdays for Ms. Lela were a riot. One day at school Daiceonna was visiting her Dad. She was in fourth grade at the time he introduced us. He was so proud of his children, and especially proud of his baby.

    He was a good man from a good family, and a good family man himself. Sending love and light your way.

  7. Terri Rogers on January 18, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you, to everyone who has sent their condolence and well wish. We are truly blessed to have had a dad like Willis it was never a dull moment . Thank you dad for always being there for all of us by phone calls or in person we could depend on you. Thank you for also the tough love too you raised us to know the world owed us nothing but get out there and get it. Dad was our biggest cheerleader!!! Anyone who didnt get to know him you truly missed out.

    Rest in Paradise Dad
    Love, Terri aka Zaire

  8. Barbara Harris on January 18, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    Willis thank you for all of the last that we had all the great music that we always listen to all of the dinners that you would cook when I got off of work every night, I would have my dinner ready and you would be at work. Just thank you for all the good times that we had and keep everybody in my family, laughing and happy all the time with all the nicknames that you gave people and thanks for all the phone calls we still had we were always friends and most of all thank you for our gift from God Miss Daiceonna???? rest in peace much love

  9. Apryl Wynne on January 18, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    RIP Unc P , you was a great man and you will truly be missed by many. Imma miss all your Sunday Tex’s “I luv you “ and “ I hope all is well niece” those are the things that matter the most but I’ll will keep all the ones you did send to never be erased asked from my phone or heart ?? I love you Old Man until we meet again REST IN PARADISE!

    Your fav neice Apryl ?

  10. Nicole Bobey on January 19, 2024 at 10:41 am

    Dear Family–
    I just wanted to let you know how special Willis was to Deerfield Elementary School. I got to work with him for many years. He was such a positive person to be around. What light he shared and humor with all the students. He was also so generous with my own two children. They loved hanging out with Willis every day after school and shared his affinity for good bar-b-que and pizza! We will never forget his special smile, unique positive attitude for every day and love for his family.
    Thinking of you all in this difficult time.
    With love and condolences,

    Nicole Bobey, the Bobey family and the Deerfield family

  11. Anne Bailey on January 20, 2024 at 7:20 am

    Dear Family–
    I worked with Willis at Deerfield Elementary. Willis was a bright light every day. He always had a ready smile. He was quick with that big laugh. I was a teacher and teaching was hard! But the job Willis had was harder! If he was needed, the walkie talkie would squawk, and he’d drop what he was doing and showed up to whatever unexpected cleaning disaster awaited him. He was always positive. He was a jewel and will always be remembered fondly.

  12. Debi Schmidt on January 22, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Willis at Deerfield for a few years before I retired. He was a good person, hard working and always pleasant to everyone. He would talk warmly of his family, he cared for you deeply. Take care and keep your memories close for comfort.

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