“ When I've gone the last mile of the way
I will rest at the close of the day
And I know there are joys that await me
When I've gone the last mile of the way."
Mr. Mingo Hencetez “Tez” Henderson McElroy was born on Friday, October 14, 1988 to Dr. George Lee, Sr., and Cynthia Henderson McElroy in Dothan, Alabama.
He confessed faith in Jesus Christ at an early age and joined St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher, Young Men of Light choir member, Young Adult choir member, and choir director.
He later joined Metropolitan Baptist Church, Columbus, GA, where he served as choir director. He attended Cottondale High School and worked in the food and trucking industries.
He was preceded in death recently by a son, Jeremiah James Henderson; his maternal grandparents: Mingo Sr., and Edna Ruth Gray Henderson; and paternal grandparents: Hence McElroy and Sarah Johnson.
He is survived by his parents: Dr. George Lee McElroy, Sr., and Cynthia McElroy of Columbus, Georgia; sisters and brothers: DeMario Finklea of Jacob City, Florida, Michaela Johnson, Malone, Florida, Minister James Johns (Jasmine), Columbus, Georgia, Lakeiya McElroy and George Lee McElroy, Jr., and Jocelyn McElroy all of Columbus, Georgia; a special friend: Ciera Melton; special sisters: Zyneshia Henderson of Jacob City, Florida; aunts and uncles: Toddie Gray (DeCarla) of Beaufort, South Carolina and Eddie Ray Henderson (Ashia) of Jacob City, Florida, Cassandra Henderson of Marianna, Florida, Aldina Jackson (Bruce) of Greenwood, Florida, Tiffany Vicks (Alton) of Montgomery, Alabama, Erika Patterson (Eddie) of Marianna, Florida, Hope Saddler (Shane) of Valdosta, Georgia and Maple Barnes (Marvin) of Jacob City, Florida, Edna Pittman of Jacob City, Florida and the Reverend Riley J. Henderson (Glenda) of Marianna, Florida, Betty Allen (Leroy), Saint Petersburg, Florida, Para Lee Johnson of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Kenzie L. Johnson (Bennie Mae), Sara Ansong (George) Saint Petersburg, Florida, Rodell Pete (Brenda) and Jeanette Granberry; great-great aunts and uncles: Willie D. Gray (Mary Hellen) of Campbellton, Florida, Classie Henderson and Jerome Gray both of Jacob City, Florida, Mary Gray of Graceville, Florida, Jackie Cobb of Pennsylvania and the Reverend A. L. Davis (Dorothy) of Bonifay, Florida, King David Henderson of Tampa, Florida and Norma Merritt, Marianna, Florida; nieces and nephews: Demarious Finklea, Jacob City, Florida, AuShareah Smith, Malone, Florida, Amarion Davis, Malone, Florida, Ava Pittman, Jacob City, Florida and Kyro Jackson, Columbus, Georgia; godmother: Tawana Reed Bowers of Greenwood, Florida; god-sisters: Jasmine and Raqual Bowers; other relatives and friends.
At the tender age 30, “Tez” went home to be with Lord on Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Columbus, Georgia.