|Sun, Dec 08, 2013 05:55 PM
|Issue of November 27, 2013
September 04, 2013 | 10:48 AM
More than 125 people attended a candlelight vigil near the pony ride area at Joe Huber's Family Farm And Restaurant in Starlight Friday night to honor the lives of Gary Henderson and Asenath (Senie) Arnold, a Greenville couple was murdered Aug. 3 in their home.
For about 20 years, Henderson gave pony rides under a carousel he constructed at Huber's. He frequently brought carriages from his company, Welcome Home Carriages, for weddings at Huber's.
Joe Huber Jr. said Henderson never liked to be serious and always had a smile on his face, bringing joy to everyone at Huber's.
Connie Elgan, cousin of Asenath (Senie) Arnold, photographs a memorial monument displayed next to the carousel during a candlelight vigil at Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant in Starlight Friday night. The marker was donated by Bob Orwick of Orwick Monument Co. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)
Huber said he had to think to when he saw Henderson the happiest, which was a time last October when Arnold was driving her wheelchair scooter across the parking lot toward the carousel, with Henderson following close behind with two horses.
"He was smiling from ear to ear, because he knew she was happy. This is truly what they loved to do. They loved to put smiles on childrens' faces, and they will truly be missed," Huber said.
Huber then unveiled a monument — which was donated by Bob Orwick of Orwick Monument Co. — that had a photo of Henderson giving a pony ride to a smiling girl. The monument read "In loving memory of Gary Henderson and Senie Arnold, your kindness and friendship will always be remembered".
"I want to let you all know that we will always be here for you, and we'll never forget you," Huber told the victims' families.
Huber then gave the microphone to Pastor Gilbert Duley, who gave a brief story about the slain couple before family members of Arnold and Henderson lit their candles from Duley's and made their way through the crowd to share their light with others.
Duley asked that the candles be raised as he gave a prayer. After dotting the star-filled sky, the candles were extinguished. One by one, family and friends shared memories of Henderson and Arnold.
Arnold's brother, Don Elgan, recalled that his sister was able to fight the effects of Crohn's disease, thanks to Henderson and her relationship with the horses she worked with. Bonnie Huber described Henderson as a wonderful, respectful man.
Henderson's daughter, Stephanie Riggle, said that her father was always full of laughs and lots of love, and she recalled a story from a fishing trip she took with her dad. She said that he "refused to get skunked" when it came to fishing. One time, she said, a small fire erupted on a boat just as a salmon had been hooked. While everyone else was worried about the fire, he was worried about reeling in the fish.
"We're going to miss him. We're going to miss Senie, too. She was a great stepmother," Riggle said.
Arnold's son, Phillip Arnold, choked back tears as he talked about the lives of his loved ones.
"Gary was the closest thing I ever had to a dad. A lot of times I didn't see that and I didn't appreciate that, but he loved me," Phillip Arnold said. "My mom, she loved me no matter what, and there were a lot of whats.
"Mom, I love you. I miss you so much, and I'm proud of you, and I thank you for everything," he said.
Gary Henderson II, who was named for his grandfather, said after the ceremony that the entire family is grateful for the outpouring of support from friends and from the community.
"I also want to thank everyone at the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. and the Harrison County Prosecutor's Office. They've all done a really good job with everything. They've been great," Henderson said.