CLIFTON H. HENDERSON, identified with the commercial interests of Tarboro and owner of the Henderson Lumber Company, was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, November 22, 1895, and is a son of Toby and Mary (Pettiway) Henderson, both natives of Onslow County, this state, the mother born in 1862.  Both the father and mother attended private schools in Onslow County, and Toby Henderson then began farming, which he followed for a short time, after which he began trading in horses and mules, continuing in that line of business until his death, which occurred in 1900.  He voted with the Democratic party and he held membership in the Methodist church, as does his widow, who is still very active in the church work.  She continues to reside on the old homestead in Onslow County and has reared a family of eight children: Raymond, who is now deceased; Lessie, who has also passed away; Hugh, a resident of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Effie Lee, the wife of Thomas Morrow, of Tarboro; Ray, who lives in New Bern, North Carolina; Clifton H., whose name introduces this record; Mary Belle, the wife of Frank Pierce, of Jacksonville; and Carlton, also a resident of Jacksonville.

The public school system of his native county afforded Clifton H. Henderson the educational privileges which he enjoyed.  When his textbooks were put aside he started in the logging and timber business in Jacksonville, when still at an early age, and in 1924 removed the business to Tarboro, where he organized the Henderson Lumber Company, at the beginning occupying two lots, 50×220 feet, and employing eight people.  Something of the growth and development of the business is shown in the fact that there are today 100 employes [sic] and the plant covers seven acres.  In addition to the lumber business Mr. Henderson owns and manages two large farms in Edgecombe County.

On the 22d of August, 1916, in Jacksonville, Mr. Henderson was married to Ethel Yopp, a daughter of Tye and Dolly Yopp.  She was born in Onslow County, August 27, 1896, was there educated in the public schools and was living in Jacksonville at the time of her marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Henderson have one son, Clifton H. Jr., born January 2, 1918, who was educated in the schools of Edgecombe County and resides in Tarboro.  In July, 1939, he married Olivia Osmond, of Tarboro, North Carolina.

Mr. Henderson supports the men and measures of the Democratic party.  He belongs to the Baptist church, while his wife has membership in the Presbyterian church, and he is also identified with the Woodmen of the World and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume IV, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, pages 246-247, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 12 February 2021. 

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