Obituary |  John Clay Henderson of Rome, Georgia

John Clay Henderson, 52, of Rome, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 25, 2023 after a tough and courageous battle with cancer.

Clay was born on September 21, 1970 in Athens, Georgia to John and Janice McCain Henderson. His brother Charles Franklin Henderson died before him.

Those who survived include his beloved wife: Kelly L. Kemp Henderson, their children Justin, Jacob and Jenna; his parents, John and Janice Henderson; a brother, Clint Henderson (Meredith), his in-laws Steve and Ellen Kemp; brothers-in-law Brian Kemp (Brandi) and Brent Kemp; Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was the founder of Clay Henderson Plumbing and a respected member of the community. Clay was above all a devoted father and loving husband. He spent his time coaching and supporting his children in all of their sporting events. While a member of the Armuchee High School Wrestling Team of the Decade, where he served as captain, Clay discovered his passion for wrestling and found ways to share his love of the sport by training and cheering on wrestlers from around the world at gyms in United states. He also loved his beagles, beagle clubs and the sport of rabbit hunting.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 in the chapel of the Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, conducted by Rev. Chris Hayes and Mr. Steve Murdock. Burial will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will be hosting friends at the Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At other times they can be reached in the dormitory.

The pallbearers are asked to gather at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel. These include Clint Henderson, Cael Henderson, Brian Kemp, Brent Kemp, Carson Kemp, Shane Brock, Clint Thacker and Tommy Yarbrough.

Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to the Homewood Church of Christ, Birmingham, Alabama, which provided housing for the family while Clay was in Birmingham where he was being treated.

Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel Funeral Home is responsible for arranging the funeral.