|Tree falls on car killing Loudon man
By: Elise Stephens, WBIR
Strong winds proved fatal in Loudon County as a car
drove in the path of a falling tree.
63-year-old Joe Henderson of Loudon County was killed instantly.
"To know he can be gone in an instant, it's a sad thing," said Charles
Henderson, Joe Henderson's son.Charles Henderson's world stopped for a
moment Sunday when he learned his dad died. "Just disbelief," he said.
"You hear it happen to other people, but you don't think it will happen
to you." He's not only shocked that he didn't get to say goodbye, but
the way it all happened.
Usually, Mr. Henderson would have attended church with his wife."Him and
my mother were fighting the flu bug. He was running to town on a simple
errand," Charles Henderson said.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Mr. Henderson was traveling
down Vonore Road around 11 a.m. when a gust of wind blew a tree onto his
car. Joe Henderson died on the scene."It was a freak thing that it fell
the way it did," his son added.
Henderson served in the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard.
Then, he started a long career with the Tennessee Valley Authority. He
recently retired and was enjoying life with his wife and working
part-time for his son.
"He would be the one you would term as a real character. He was full of
life. It's been said that he could be air-dropped in Afghanistan and he
would run into somebody he knew," said Charles Henderson.
Henderson is the second member of the Loudon County Planning commission
to die in an automobile accident in less than a month. In January, board
member, Ron Parr, was killed in a vehicle accident resulting from icy