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Celebrating the life of

Edwin Bethea Henderson

April 06, 1944 - February 13, 2023

Edwin Bethea Henderson

Edwin Bethea Henderson passed away Monday, February 13, 2023 after a brief illness.

Born in Savannah, GA on April 6, 1944, Ed was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Clair A. Henderson.

Elected president of his Senior class, Ed graduated from Jenkins High School in 1962 and shortly after enlisted in the Navy, serving our country for two years. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University. Ed enjoyed a long career as a Jobber Representative with Amoco Oil Company until his retirement in 2001. Unable to stand still after he retired, he earned his real estate license and successfully sold property in Harris Neck, Georgia. 

He served as President of the Board and was a member of the Home Association at Delta Plantation, where he resided with his wife, Ellen. An avid fisherman, he was an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association and The Barbour River Club. 

Always the life of the party, Ed was well loved by all who knew him. With a twinkle in his eye, he was quick with a joke and a devoted friend who never met a stranger. He cared deeply about others and made it a point to always visit or pick up the phone to call friends and family no matter the occasion. Ed loved the saltwater and was happiest crabbing, fishing, shrimping and enjoying the landscape of the coastal marsh with his family on his Boston Whaler. He loved the Georgia Bulldogs and the beautiful sunsets at Delta Plantation. Ed always made sure that his children and grandchildren knew that he was proud and that they were loved, and he will be greatly missed.

Ed is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ellen Ulivo Henderson; daughters Helen Claire Henderson Smith (David Shepherd) and Emily Bethea Henderson; his two grandsons, Richard Riley Smith III and Henderson Briggs Smith and his beloved Boykin Spaniel, Fern. 

In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his brother, Al Henderson. 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, followed by a Rosary service beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023 in Greenwich Cemetery.




Ellen, we are so sorry to read about Ed. He is in a much better place, but will be missed by all of us. We are so happy to have been his friends. Ellen please feel you can always call on us, we love you. Margaret and Charles

- Margaret and Charles Durant, Townsend, GA

Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about Ed. I know you two loved each other very much and that his death leaves a great cavern in your heart. You are well loved and have a huge community that loves and supports you.

- Rosalyn Roesel , TOWNSEND, GA

I am saddened to learn of Ed’s death. I will,remember his charm, wit, and especially his friendliness. May all of your happy memories serve you well.

- Evelyn Temple, Lexington, SC

Ed, fish feared you. I will miss you.

- Chris Kovalchik, Delta Plantation, GA

So sorry to hear about Mr. Ed. We always loved seeing him at the Delta! He always knew how to make you laugh and knew how to have a good time! We will miss him. Sending our best to you.

- Brannen McDonald, New York, NY

Ellen…I am very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We will all miss him. Condolences to you Ellen…We loved Ed and you. Take care call is I can help in anyway…

- Jimmy Wilson, Savannah, GA

Another good one bites the dust. The obituary says Ed was the life of the party. That is an understatement. Always ready for a good time and everyone around him enjoyed Ed's humor and personality. Save me a stool old pal. Godspeed to you. Bobby and Suzanne Everette

- Robert Everette, Savannah, GA

Always fun to be around! Ed will be missed by many.

- Kim Willis, Griffin, Ga.

Mrs Ellen, I am so heartbroken as I know you and your children are…You have my sincerest sympathy, I will keep you and the rest of the family lifted in prayer… I will be in touch.

- Phyllis McIver, Townsend , Ga

Ellen, so sorry to read of Ed’s death. Tommy and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

- Amanda Cannon, Savannah , GA

The Class of '62 all loved our class president and will miss seeing him at future class reunions !

- Linda Albritton, Winchester, Va.

Ed and I grew up together in Fairway Oaks. We learned to swim together at the old Savannah Golf Club pool. We went through school together at Charles Ellis, Juliett Low, Richard Arnold, Chatham, Savannah Jr. H.S. and Jenkins. We remained good friends throughout our lives. I am grateful Ed was in my life. Tom Peterson

- Tom Peterson, Vidalia, Ga.

Ed was always happy friendly guy and a guy you were always to just hangout with. We became friends at Wider Jr High School on thru Jenkins H. S. Savannah lost one of its best with the departure of Ed.

- Dale Karacostas , Savannah, Ga

Ellen, we are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Hope that God brings you peace in the coming weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tricia and John

- John and Tricia Woodward, Savannah, Ga

Unable to express my sadness at Ed's passing. Who will teach me a new joke every time I talk to him. Goodbye old friend.

- James G. Graves (Bugsy), Columbia, SC

Ellen, kathryn and I are so sorry to see of Ed's passing. I have not seen Ed in quite a while, but always enjoyed seeing him. I know Ed and Al are up there telling jokes to each other. Prayers for you and the family.

- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Paaembroke, Ga.

A candle has been lit!

Oh my goodness! We have lost a true "original", never to be duplicated again. Everybody loved Ed as he brought a smile and laughter everywhere he went. The good times that we had are too many to mention, but the numerous prank phone calls, before there was caller ID were hysterical and would have everybody in the room bent over, doubled with laughter!!! The remembrance of those calls brings a laugh to this day. I also recall a ride in a police car from Bell's Landing after attending a party with Ed (Ellen) must have been in Athens. When I think of Ed, it is always thoughts of good times, a kind soul, and a happy man! I know there is a celebration going on in heaven with Ed and those that have gone before him. Ellen, I am heartbroken for you and your precious girls and grandsons, and I am sending prayers, much love and sympathy for all of you.

- Jan Daniel Crawford, Virginia Beach , Virginia

Ellen, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

- Sandra Kosciuk Fryer, Savannah , Ga

Dear Ellen, So sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. We will always remember his good humor; think about him on St Patrick’s Day, as he loved the Savannah parade; and his love of the GA coast. He will be missed.

- Wes and Molly Cottingham, Jonesboro, GA

Being with Ed meant enjoying life! We are so grateful to have known him as a neighbor and friend!

- Mike and Alice McDonald, Townsend, GA

Ellen , so saddened to learn about Ed. Hugs and love sent to you and the girls. May wonderful memories fill your hearts and give you peace.

- Nancy Ellspermann, Gray, Ga.

Ellen - You broke my heart when you called yesterday. He was a one of a kind friend and just a great guy. Hard to believe we were friends since the Fairway Oaks days! Our prayers and condolences to you and the girls. The laughs anf experiences you shared together will vastly out number the tears you shed today. Farewell to a dear friend and a damn good DAWG!

- Jim and Barbara Watkins, Duluth, Ga.

Sending thoughts and prayers, Ellen, to you, Claire, Emily, Riley and Henry for your loss. I regret that I could not come down to Savannah with Tommy. I will always remember Ed’s smile, hilarious humor and kindness.

- Mary K. Drew, Virginia Beach , VA

Ellen, my heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time and all upcoming days...God Bless! Patty

- Patty Daniels Miller, Alpharetta , GA

Ed always could bring a smile and laugh. He was one special man!

- Stier/Flintom, St Matthews, SC

Claire, I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s sudden passing. I know you loved him very much. Please know I’m thinking about you and your family as you learn to adjust without him being a phone call away. Much love and care sent your way!

- Becky Lewis, Athens, Ga

Ellen and family I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He had been on my mine lately and I told myself I need to call Ed (lst. cousin). He was a great first cousin, and I will miss our phone conversations to catch up what is going on. Please know I care deeply for your loss and if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to call me. I loved the photo you posted of him too - covered it all! Blessings and prayers for you and all he loved so dearly. Toddie

- Sally Bethea Ellison (Toddie), Columbia, South Carolina

Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about Ed. He was a true friend and one I always enjoyed spending time with. God Bless all of you. Fred Black

- Fred Black, Greensboro, Ga 30642, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel