Henry John Bender

June 3, 2000 - April 5, 2017

On April 5th, 2017, the world lost a wonderful, loving, brilliant, energetic, hilarious, young man, Henry Bender.

Henry was born June 3, 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, though he spent most of his life in McKinney, Texas. His place of birth should surprise none of his Texan friends as he often bragged that he was a native Bostonian. In his nearly seventeen years, Henry took interest in science and literature, fantasy and theology, cooking and painting. He attended Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas.

Anyone who had the joy of meeting him knew what a charming person he was. Henry was a stranger to no one.  He was a master of bizarre rhetoric and wit.

Henry particularly loved his cats, Chandler (for Matt Chandler), Carly, and Scout, who he recently convinced his mother to adopt by offering to name her after a character from To Kill a Mockingbird.

He will be dearly missed by all, but especially his mother Tracey King and father Andrew Bender, as well as his cats Scout, Chandler, and Carly, and dog, Esther.

In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to Furry Friends Animal Rescue in McKinney, Texas (

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You changed my life. Being your sister was the most precious job in the world, and I miss it. The unconditional love you had, was so inspiring and it continues to help me day-to-day. I love you bud and my heart aches for you. Tridena McCraw, February 7, 2018 I went to school with Henry Bender. He was a wonderful, bright young man. Not a single ounce of hate in him. He will be dearly missed by all he has encountered. I wish his family all the best. God bless. Curtis, January 2, 2018