On Sunday, October 24, 2021, Mrs. Frankie Dean Jenkins Henderson entered eternal rest at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She was born on December 10, 1932, to the late Ervin and Minnie Jenkins in Cameron, South Carolina. She was 88 years old.
Frankie Dean, as she was commonly known, was educated in the public schools of Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties. At a very young age she joined the family church, Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Cameron, SC, where she worked faithfully until she married and relocated to Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Frankie Dean is best known for her peaceful temperament and dedication to family and friends. With open arms she welcomed many into her home for counseling and Godly advice. She was often referred to as “MOM” by many. Frankie Dean was very proud of her family and did any and everything she could to make sure that her family’s needs were always met.
Frankie Dean was married to the late George W. Henderson, II and was the proud mother of five children. She was proceeded in death by: her husband, George and three sons, James Bernard Jenkins, Warren Monteath Jenkins, and George W. Henderson, III.
Frankie Dean’s remaining immediate family members include: her children; Rev. Geoffery L. (Elaine) Henderson, of Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Cynthia Henderson, of Bronx, New York. Her grandchildren, Angela Garvin, James A. (Patricia) Garvin, and Pamela (Donald) Shuler; her great-grandchildren, London A. Garvin, Jahi A. Garvin, Derian Williams, and Donte Shuler. Through her love for people, she gained more children than she gave birth to; Rene Williams, Leroy Ravenell, Dr. Helen C. Hampton, Rev. Gerald Dix, Ilayaiha Jenkins Roneisha Hart and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Reverend Henderson accepted God’s call to ministry, was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was well known for her knowledge of the Old Testament scriptures and allowed God to use her mightily in Sunday Schools, seminars, bible studies, services, revivals, and the like. Through the ministry of this great woman of God, many souls have come into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was greatly dedicated to prison/jail ministry, a part of ministry that she found most rewarding. Many inmates have testified to being introduced to Jesus Christ by “Mom” Henderson. Each week she would beyond jail and prison bars to spread the gospel. She was often heard to say “No matter what you have done, God loves you, and so do I.” Many former offenders have come to lead productive lives in society.
Some are even pastors, to this very day.
Reverend Henderson was a charter member of The Garden of Prayer Church, which was founded by the Late Pastor Ebell Tucker. She, Pastor Tucker and Mother Luella Brothers often referred to themselves as; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendnego. What a Team!!!
Reverend Henderson was later appointed to the special leadership position of Assistant Pastor of The Garden of Prayer Church. She served faithfully for many years until being repositioned as Pastor of The Garden of Prayer Church of Bamberg, SC.
Reverend Henderson took preaching and teaching God’s word very seriously and ministered every time as if it was her last. One of her most favorite scriptures of the bible is; II Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Reverend Henderson’s legacy lives on, not only through her family, but through the masses that have been touched, moved, and changed by God through this powerhouse of a woman. Proverbs 33:10 states: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. This scripture epitomizes the very essence of who this mighty woman of God is. “IS” because as long as those of us that have been taught, inspired, and blessed by her life, “SHE”, The Reverend Frankie Dean Jenkins Henderson will never die.
TILL WE MEET AGAIN!!!