Uneeda Henderson West was born on May 18, 1928 in Longwood, LA to Nathaniel Howell Cobb Henderson and Eva Lee Dixon. She was the eldest of six children, three of them preceded her in death (Juanita Henderson, Nathaniel Henderson and Carvin Henderson). She was educated in the public school system of Shreveport, LA and graduated from Central Colored High School. She was a proud graduate of Grambling State University, Grambling, LA with a Baccalaureate Degree in education. She was a member of the Grambling State University Alumni Association. She later earned a Master’s Degree in education from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.
She was united in holy matrimony to Rev. Webster Curtis West on June 7, 1953 and was married for 61 years until his death. They reared three children (Theodore Hogan, Leo Hogan and Jacquelyn Ledbetter). She was the First Lady of several churches in Louisiana prior to moving to Kansas City Kansas in 1960 when Rev. West was called to the pastorate of the King Solomon Baptist Church. While in Kansas City, Uneeda taught elementary and middle school in the Kansas City Kansas Public School System USD 500 and retired after more than 30 years in May, 1992.
After 33 years in Kansas City she relocated back to Shreveport, Louisiana when Rev. West was called to the pastorate of his home church the Antioch Baptist Church and remained there for 21 years until his death in 2015. She relocated back to Kansas City Kansas after his death and united with the Guiding Star Baptist Church where the Rev. David Lee was her pastor. She loved the Lord, her church, her pastor and first lady. She lived a full. fruitful and faithful life.
She leaves to cherish her memory maternal sons Theodore Hogan (Elsie) and Leo Hogan, maternal daughter Jacquelyn Ledbetter Calloway (Kelvin), brother Estis L. Henderson, sister Yerta Henderson Durham, Caregiver and Family friend, Alice Marshall Darnell, four grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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