Allen John Henson Sr., 56, production firm founder

January 25, 2004

Allen John Henson Sr., a promoter and founder of Charm City Productions, died of colon cancer Monday at Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore. He was 56.

Mr. Henson was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Rosemont neighborhood. He was a 1968 graduate of Edmondson High School and attended what is now Morgan State University.

From 1970 to the early 1980s, he worked at National Acceptance Corp., one of the nation's first credit card companies.

In the late 1970s, he founded Charm City Productions, which brought to Baltimore performers including Melba Moore, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle and George Benson. He also promoted other shows, family members said.

Mr. Henson, who lived in Irvington, was found to have cancer in 1997.

His 15-year marriage to the former Leslie Farmer ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial was be offered yesterday.

Mr. Henson is survived by two sons, Allen J. Henson Jr. of Baltimore and Peter E. Henson of Randallstown; four brothers, former city housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III, Eric C. Henson and Brian W. Henson, all of Baltimore, and Edward D. Henson of Los Angeles; a sister, Joyce Henson Owens of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and his companion, Jackie Winder of Baltimore. A son, Torrence Henson, died in 1983.

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