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Sylvia Jean Harper Henderson
July 27, 2020


Sylvia Jean Harper Henderson, 81, of Irwin County, Georgia, passed away peacefully, Monday, July 27, 2020, at her residence in Irwin County.

Graveside services will be held 11 AM, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Henderson Chapel Cemetery, in Irwin County, Georgia, with Elder Edward McIntyre officiating.

Mrs. Henderson was born May 15, 1939, in Irwin County, Georgia, to the late D.J. & Bessie Paulk Harper. She was a wife, mother and homemaker, with a close love for Jesus and her family. Mrs. Henderson was a member of Henderson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She graduated from Irwin County High School in 1957 where she played guard for the Irwin County Varsity basketball team. She enjoyed her love for gardening and it reflected in her beautiful yards.

She is survived by her daughter, Leobeth Sumner of Irwin County; two sons: Terry Gonzalez-Rubio of Montgomery, Alabama and Matt Gonzalez-Rubio of Colombia, South America; grandchildren: Lindsey Griffis Walters & Jonathon of Montgomery, Alabama, Dustin Griffis of Tifton, Kiel Rubio & Shannon of Fairhope, Alabama, Savannah Rubio of Atlanta, Chelsea Rubio of Vidalia, Logan Rubio of Fitzgerald, Madison Rubio of Fitzgerald; six great-grandchildren; one niece, Suzanne Harper Daniels of Irwin County and two nephews: Jeremy Harper of Irwin County and Jacob Harper of Augusta. Also, special family: Susan Murphy Harper and June Fletcher Harper, both of Irwin County, Lorrie Harper, Nancy Goodman Harrison, both of Fitzgerald and Becky Davis Hutto of Douglas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Henderson in 2011; an infant brother, Mack Daniel Harper, brothers: Alfred Harper and Jerry Harper; grandson, Joshua Lyle Ray and a nephew Joseph Harper.

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