Henderson, Mitchell

Mitchell "Mitch" Evan Henderson

August 17, 1973 - February 4, 2021

Mitchell, “Mitch”, Evan Henderson of McKinney, Texas passed away on February 4, 2021 at the age of 47. He was born on August 17, 1973 to Robert Clay and Gwen (Evans) Henderson in Dallas, Texas.

As a child, Mitch loved drawing cars, riding 4 wheelers, and playing with friends in Lucas, Texas. He was an avid junior golfer and graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1991. Mitch had a larger than life personality, great sense of humor, and could always light up a room. He had an infectious smile and countless friends.

His life’s work was dedicated to building and customizing the finest automobiles. He was a prolific designer and won national acclaim for his artistic abilities and attention to detail. Mitch was a founding member of Relaxed Atmosphere car club. He opened Just For Trucks in Tyler, Texas and later opened Mitch Henderson Designs in Plano, Texas. He designed “Cha-Ching”, a 1992 GMC truck, which was on the cover of StreetTrucks magazine and featured in Sport Truck and Phlatout magazines. “Cha-Ching” also won 1st in Class, Editor’s Choice, and Best Truck Overall. Mitch named “Cha-Ching” because she was “right on the money.” Mitch received the Builder’s Choice Award at GoodGuys for Tec 9, a 1969 Camaro. He won the Best of Show Dunlop Maxxed Out Award at SEMA 2005 for a 1937 Wild Rod. He also received the prestigious Foose Pro’s Pick Award at GoodGuys for “Suicide Blonde”. He also customized 1961 and 1963 Chevrolet Corvettes that were at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale in 2016. Mitch’s work was unmistakable and he won unprecedented back to back SEMA GM Designer Awards for “Red Rum” and “Sexual Chocolate.”

Mitch had the kindest heart, sweetest soul, and was loved and admired by all. Mitch was presented an award from Special Olympics for charitable work. He also had a tremendous love for animals. He grew up with Clyde, an Australian Shepherd, that followed him everywhere. Mitch’s dog, Lucy, a chocolate brown Lab, loved to play and wrestle with him. Mitch had a great relationship with his parents, was a devoted son, and was known to help friends in need. He had great bonds with his nephew, Austin, his stepson, Mel Fasang, his cousin, Josh Knight, and many friends in the car industry. Mitch was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

Mitch was preceded in death by his father, Robert Henderson, and is survived by his devoted mother, Gwen Henderson; sister, Desiree Ashcraft; nephew, Austin Ashcraft; and numerous other family and friends.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the Memorial Service.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. The service will also be live streamed at TJMfuneral.com on Mitch’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/mitchell-mitch-evan-henderson. After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.

However, when the maximum number of guests are reached, those who would like to honor Mitch and show their support to his family may remain at the funeral home in your vehicle, where you can watch the live streamed service on your personal device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) or listen through a designated FM radio channel.

The family suggests memorial donations may be sent to the SPCA in Mitch’s name.

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I miss you Mitch! You were everyone's greatest friend. Your smile always lit up a room and I am so happy to have had 15years of friendship with you. So many memories! SO, MANY. I hope you, your Dad and Ruby are all together again. Stacey Whitaker, February 25, 2021 RiP Mitch! I know you were happy seeing your Pops. Rest easy buddy. ///Randy VanAken , February 24, 2021 Mitch was one hell of a dude. He would do anything for anyone. Defentily a stand up guy in the car scene. He will truly be missed. Jr McGraw , February 23, 2021 Rock on, brother! You’ll be missed greatly! Richard Smith, February 23, 2021 God bless my friend Mark Jones , February 23, 2021 Mitch, you put a smile on so many faces and were loved by many. God called a good one home when he called for you. I still can’t believe this happened. You are missed, buddy! Reading all the thoughts on your Facebook wall .... you were such a kind human to so many of us. You put a smile on many faces. We were lucky to know you! Godspeed. Angela Walker Garcia Angela Garcia, February 22, 2021 He really made a difference in so many lives. I know he will be remembered with love Derek Wymer , February 22, 2021 Mitch, such a cool dude gone way too soon. Rest in peace brother! Rodney Payne, February 22, 2021 Mitch was an amazing guy - friend to many and one of the most talented builders out there. We cherished his friendship and will honor him daily. Sending prayers to his mother during this difficult time. Carrie & Tim Strange, February 22, 2021 Mitch. We didn't know each other well, such long distances between us. I have always respected and looked up to you. It was people like you that got me into the industry, even tho we are only a few years apart. Thanks for bringing such joy into our lives with the works of art that you have created for so many to enjoy. Here's to the next life dude!! Have a cold one up there for me. James Heatcoat, February 22, 2021 Lots of good times. Lots of bad too, but we fought the bad together and won. You will be missed. Way to young. Love you Mitch. Heather Kuntzer , February 22, 2021 I just wanted to add ,Mitch was one of the only "car guys " who did not talk down to me. He always entertained me, in my love of Chevy apaches, and we often talked of modifications he would help me do,once I finally got my dream truck. I am really sad I never got my truck for him to help me with, but soo appreciated him not acting like I was a dumb gal who kew nothing. I've known Mitch since elementary school and he was a great person. Lots of great memories of him from school, and from our last reunion. kristi mazey holder, February 22, 2021 Mitch you will be miss brother I know we didn’t hang out and all but you are one hell of a dude and amazing car builder you will always be my friend keep on riding low in heave until we meet again my friend William wise , February 22, 2021 Rest in Peace, Mitch Wade, February 22, 2021 I know Mitch is in a better place and is at peace. He was a guy of great character and skills. But most of all he was just a great friend. SEMA wont be the same without running into him every year. God Bless RIP Brother! Robert Henry, February 22, 2021 We love you and we will miss you bro. Thanks for always being an awesome friend and making time to talk anytime we ran into each other. Things won’t be the same with you gone but we know you will be looking down on all of us. CHAD ISBELL, February 22, 2021 Mitch, You were loved by many and will be greatly missed! I don't think any of us still quite know what to do... When I first came around you were this superstar that we weren't even cool enough to know, then over time, you became a true friend. I am so sad at all the years we have been cheated from getting to spend with you and watching you rebuild the life of your dreams. I hope you're enjoying cruising with your Dad again!! BIG HUGS!!! Angie B. Goode, February 22, 2021 Rest easy my friend... Mickey Smith, February 22, 2021 An incredible builder and person taken away to soon. Godspeed Mitch... #legendsneverdie Travis Coomer, February 22, 2021 Just like everyone else, I am still in shock. You were taken way too soon. There were still many conversations we needed to have. I had been saving stories and pictures to share with you for the "next time". Sadly, there is no "next time" for us on this Earth, but we will meet again. I wish I had expressed to you how amazing you were and what an awesome cheerleader you were for us. You came into our lives at just the right moment, unfortunately there weren't enough moments spent with you. You just touched so many people and your heart of gold was profound. Your knowledge, passion and creativity in this industry will be cherished for years to come. One of a kind seems like such an understatement, but you Mitch, you ARE one of a kind. My life is better just from knowing you for such a short period. I will keep your family in my prayers Mitch. Thank you for your friendship sir, it was an honor. XOXO Jess Jessica, February 22, 2021 Godspeed, Mitch. May you rest forever in peace in the arms of our Lord. I love you. It was such a honor and pleasure getting to be your friend in this life. The Engelhardt Family , February 22, 2021 Mitch, we miss you my brother. You are an amazing person, great friend and wonderful son. We all know you are with Pops now. Love you Brother, Frank Peden, February 22, 2021 It is soo true Mitch could light up a room. I was soo saddened to hear of his passing. Mitch and I kept up with each other on Facebook after reconnecting at our last H.S. reunion. He will be sorely missed .
kristi mazey holder, February 22, 2021
While we never got to meet in person we always had some good and fun exchange on social media. You can tell how much you will be missed by everyone. God speed brother and may you rest in peace now! Angelo Vespi, February 22, 2021 Gone too soon. We all will miss you!! See you on the other side! Carey Bewley, February 22, 2021 Mitch you will be greatly missed! You were a great human being! Panther for life!
LaKeicee Turner, February 22, 2021 I first met Mitch several years ago when he came out to help us with some SEMA builds. He ended up riding up to the show with us and we did quite a bit of talking along the way. Mitch told me that in high school he would sometimes take a pen or marker and make a noticeable mark on his nose. Then when a girl would tell him he had something on his face he would pretend to be upset, grab his face and say "I was born with this mark!". Amazingly talented and gone way too soon, we will miss you Mitch Steve Edling Rev-elations Steve Edling, February 22, 2021 RIP my brother... Good Times will come again on the other side... Carl Crenshaw, February 22, 2021 RIP brother... You were one of a kind. Known each other for 20 plus years through the car world. You built some amazing rides! Thanks for being a great friend! Rest easy my friend... Until we meet again. Love ya buddy. 
Smiley, February 22, 2021 Mitch, you were a wonderful person, my life is better from having met and knowing you many years ago. You are so loved and so very much missed. Scott, Cherlyn and Gracie Benningfield, February 22, 2021 Mitch, will miss our chats brother. You were an inspiration! 
Chris Walker, February 22, 2021 From early on growing up I’ve looked up to the top caliber builds Mitch has done. Started with the coupe which was featured in Crime Pays Video. From there and all the SEMA builds inspired me to not only be involved in the custom scene but to build my own truck to show off. Lots of respect and love to Mich’s close friends and family! Jonathan McCollum
Jonathan McCollum, February 22, 2021 I am so glad of the time we spent together, til we see each other my friend Richard Ruiz, February 21, 2021 Going to miss hanging out at shows with you. Always looked forward to it. Rest easy brother Mike Cotter, February 21, 2021 Mitch, It still seems so surreal man. I keep expecting to see your next project, hear whatever's going on in your life. Hoping for a text back. The world is a little bit darker now without your smile shining brightly. Thank you for all the years of friendship, advice, encouragement and love. I cherish every time I see something from you. Vaya Con Dios, Amigo. Big Reade, February 21, 2021 To a very good man and friend. I enjoyed working for you, you and your laugh will be missed. RIP Buddy Paul Vaughan, February 21, 2021 Mitch touched a lot of people’s lives, including mine. He’ll be missed tremendously, RIP Mitch Jason Shaggy Lambert, February 21, 2021 Although I’d never met Mitch in person, I admired his work, both in the vehicles he built, but MAN could he put a shine on a car. I believe I once told him that I thought he could sand and buff a golf ball smooth. We had a few laughs through FB messenger and he was also helpful in giving me advice on removing water spots from the black paint of my vehicle. I never was satisfied with the results I achieved, so I messaged Mitch about buffing my vehicle. Unfortunately, I moved from TX due to my job, and never was able to have Mitch put his magic touch on it. A hot rodding great, gone way too young. Hot rod in peace, Mitch. Until we meet on the other side, my friend. Rahn Clarke, February 21, 2021 Legends never die. John Peña, February 21, 2021 I can't believe you're gone, Mitch. It doesn't seem real at all. I'm very glad we were able to keep up with each other on Facebook and connect various times over the years. I will always treasure our memories of Drivers Ed and how you drove your truck there. Always made me giggle. Rest in peace, and we'll see you when we get there. xo, Gretchen Gretchen (Stofer) Darby, February 21, 2021 Mitch you were an awesome friend and one of the men in the Automotive Scene I looked up to. You've changed the way I look at builds. Thank you for all the years of friendship.. Rest easy my Brother. Scott Fessenden, February 21, 2021 Rest In Peace Mitch. You will be missed by many. David Davis, February 21, 2021 RIP BROTHER. I wish I hadnt lost touch with you these last few years. Youll be missed by all of us in the industry. To the Henderson family and friends, please accept my condolences. chris chabre , February 21, 2021 A dear friend and colleague, with a line of creativity that knew no bounds. See you in heaven my friend. Jeff Major, February 21, 2021 Gods speed my friend. We had some really good talks about life . Now you can build some bad ass rides with the best. Michael peters, February 21, 2021 To the most caring guy i know , i will miss our late night random calls talking Hotrods to the the random text asking if I’m wrestling alligators in Louisiana lol you will be missed by many .. God speed my brotha , I’ll see ya when i see ya.....
Taylor Patin, February 21, 2021 R.I.P. Mitch. Though we never met, I felt like I knew you. You will in my mind always be the rock star of making everything shine to its fullest extent, including others. Alan, February 21, 2021 My condolences to the family. There is a giant hole in the automotive world. Bradley Dunn, February 21, 2021 Love you Mitch Sally Austrew, February 20, 2021 I knew Mitch through my daughter, Valerie Nelson Kilpatrick. Mitch was a fun and funny guy to be around. I will miss him especially on Facebook where he, Valerie and I would exchange comments. Rest in peace, good man, you are deeply missed. God bless you. My sincere condolences to his family and all his friends. Beverly Webster, February 18, 2021 I have known Mitch since I was about 8. I haven’t seen him since H. S. But how could anyone forget him. Great guy. And we had similarities because he didn’t let anyone pick on me because I was the only black kid on the bus and he knew what I was going thru having that birthmark. Lol. I’ll never forget that. He showed me how to be a good human at an early age and the kindness that he showed me almost 40 yrs ago has made a lasting impression on my life and how to me a great human. Rest in heaven good sir. John John Phillips , February 18, 2021 Mitch was a great good man. As a teenager he was around our house a lot, Kerry, Mitch, and Josh were all close friends!!! He will be missed by countless numbers! Big Dan Dan Hand, February 17, 2021