Missing Page from African American Life Book

While I was preparing the index for the book African American Life in Tyler, Texas compiled by Rodney Lamar Atkins, I discovered that the edition published in 2007 and the one published in 2008 had a one page difference. The 2008 edition was missing the information from page 159 in the 2007 edition featuring a profile of Pearlie Henderson. I transcribed the 2007 edition page so that the owners of the 2008 edition could add it to their book. It is as follows:

Pearlie Henderson


Pearlie Henderson was born the son of one a C.M.E. minister, the Rev. I. D. Henderson Sr. from the East Texas conference. Pearlie is from the family of seven siblings.


Upon finishing Dunbar High School in Lufkin, Texas in 1957, he enrolled the fall of 1957 at Texas College, Tyler, TX.


He graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Math. He taught in the public school system at Paul Prewitt Ind. School District, Omaha-Naples, TX. In 1963 he was drafted in the U. S. Army, and after serving 1-1/2 years in Germany, returned to the states in 1964.


He moved to Houston in 1964-65 and worked at the NASA Space Craft Center. From 1968-1980 he worked as a sales executive for General Mills Inc. Bro. Henderson is an entrepreneur, he built and was operator of two-child care centers, one in Houston and the other in Tyler, Texas. He is a certified public school teacher and a licensed insurance agent.


He is married to Mrs. Joyce Henderson, a TISD Head Start teacher and is the father of two sons and one daughter, Loren, Williams and Angela.



Cover to African American Life in Tyler, Texas compiled by Rodney Lamar Atkins published in 2008.

Cover to African American Life in Tyler, Texas compiled by Rodney Lamar Atkins published in 2008.


  1. I found my family members are listed in the index of this book, My I know what information you have about then, please?

  2. Hi Pam, I don’t have the book handy and it may take me several days to track it down. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    Thanks, Scott

  3. Hi, how do I get a order a copy of African American Life in Tyler Texas. My husband’s family is included in the book. Thank you.

    • Jean, The copies we have of Mr. Atkins’ books are for research purposes. We do not have them for sale here. However, I emailed you some information that may assist in your search for the book. Thank you.

  4. It is possible to get a few pages of the book. I have relatives who are listed on certain pages. If so, who do I contact. I am willing to pay for these documents. Thank you.

  5. Hi Mellanese,

    e-mail our office at info@smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org with the pages numbers. I believe that SCHS will charge a minimum of $5 to make the copies. Good luck with your research and if we can help, please let me know.



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