VIENNA, Va. — Fanoy D. Henson, 82, died January 14 at his home in Vienna, Va., after courageously battling cancer. He was a resident of northern Virginia for over 50 years.
Mr. Henson enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. He served in Chateauroux, France (where he met his lovely wife Jeanne); Eglin AFB (Pensacola), Florida; Torrejon AB (Madrid) Spain; and Scott AFB (Belleville), Illinois, prior to being assigned to the Pentagon in 1962. Mr. Henson worked as a programmer analyst for most of his career. His early days with computers involved room-sized machines, punch cards, and PL1 (Programming Language 1). He spent a year at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Air Force in 1971 as a Senior Master Sergeant.
Mr. Henson then embarked on a 14-year federal civil service career, most of which was with the Department of the Air Force, once again in the Pentagon. After retiring from civil service in 1985, Mr. Henson worked for Planning Research Corporation in Dulles, Va., where he worked on many projects, including the automation of the U.S. Patent Office system. He retired for the final time in 1992.
Mr. Henson was born in Clinton, Ill. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1947 and attended the University of Illinois for one year prior to joining the Air Force. His parents were Enola M. (Lighthall) Henson and Grover L. Henson, both of Clinton. He was also predeceased by a sister Oleta Jiles (and husband Earl) and a brother June Henson (and wife Vera (Dolly), all of Clinton.
He was an enthusiastic Washington Redskins fan and season-ticket holder for many decades. He was an active life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9274 in Falls Church, Virginia, as well as a long-time member of the American Legion Post 180 and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1896, both in Vienna, Virginia. He enjoyed spending time with friends at the beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. He was well-read in all subject areas, solved crossword puzzles daily, and was quick to answer Jeopardy questions.
Survivors include his wife Jeanne M. Henson of Vienna, Va.; daughter Patricia A. Morey of Romney, W. Va.; son Jerry L. Henson of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Carol L. Rich of Ashburn, Va.; daughter Muriel L. Schenk of Ashburn, Va.; son Steven R. Henson of Stephens City, Va.; and four grandchildren.
Friends are invited to call at Money & King Funeral Home in Vienna, Virginia, from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, January 18. Mr. Henson will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in the spring.