Oct 27, 2009

Monroe County Democrats mourn the loss of a dedicated and close friend

My friends at the Monroe County Democratic Party are grieving over the loss of their close friend and dedicated activitist Otis Henderson.

He suffered a very severe brain aneurysm on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, the doctors removed him from all equipment, except for the ventilator, and on Friday evening, the hospital staff removed Otis from the ventilator. However, he was such a young, strong man and a fighter that he did not pass away until 12:30 a.m. today.

A memorial account set up in Otis’ name at Fifth Third Bank. The family requests you provide the account number when making a donation to this fund. That account number is 9341471218. You can make a donation at any Fifth Third Bank branch nationwide, and the donation is in lieu of flowers. Funeral services are pending at Merkle Funeral Home in Monroe.

The leadership of the party is devastated because Otis was much more than a dedicated and dependable volunteer who showed up on any and every occasion, as well as photographing events for them, he was their close friend. The party is renaming the annual chili cook-off set for Nov. 21 in his honor, calling it the Annual Otis Henderson Memorial Chili Cook-Off.

I only interacted with Otis a few times, but he made you feel like you were old friends. I marched with him in the Monroe County Fair Parade in August and later that day volunteered with him at the party’s booth at the fair. I saw him again during the Labor Day dedication of the Monroe Labor Museum.

Don’t forget to make a donation in his memory at the Fifth Third Bank, account number 9341471218.

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