Norman Leon Henderson, whose career in human services gave him the satisfaction of helping people in need, died Dec. 8. He was 67 and lived in West Philadelphia.
An active member of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Henderson was a "generous, considerate, God-fearing man who would make an impression upon many in his lifetime," his family said in an obituary.
He was born in Philadelphia to Rembert and Anna Berrian Henderson and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. After Army service in Germany as a military policeman, he attended Cheyney University, graduating in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
He later received a certificate in social work from Delaware State University.
After working for a time as an air-traffic controller at Philadelphia International Airport, he entered the human-services field and worked for Elwyn Institute in Media then as program manager for the Southwest Community Services Center.
"Norman viewed his profession as a calling, tirelessly advocating for housing, health care, employment and counseling in order to enhance the quality of life for his clients," his family said.
He enjoyed gospel music and sang on choirs at Holy Temple, as well as those of West Philadelphia High School, Cheyney University, the Singing City of Philadelphia and the Paul Roberts Choir.
A highlight of his religious activities was attendance in November at the 100th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis.
He is survived by his mother; two sisters, Ruby Henderson Davis and Fannye Henderson Fisher, and four brothers, Arlington, Harold, Grady and Louis Henderson. He was predeceased by his father and two sisters, Elizabeth Travers and Jenni Mary Henderson Anderson.