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Thursday November 5th, 2020
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Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"



Margaret Elaine Henry, affectionately known as “Granny Laney”, age 83, of Marion, North Carolina, departed to be with the Lord on the morning of Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at her residence with loved ones at her side.  Born in Buncombe County, North Carolina on October 22, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Vance and Eula Brown Conley. 


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James William Henry, Sr. “Big Daddy” (October 18, 2018); three grandchildren, Daquisha Henry, Jerrill Jackson and Nicholas Jones; and four siblings, Frank Conley, Sarah Hamilton, Vance Conley and Gordon Brown.


A devoted and loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Elaine enjoyed traveling, especially to Philadelphia, baking, canning and shopping.  She loved making memories with her family and friends.  It did her heart good to spoil her grandchildren, and even those who were not her grandchildren, including a very special granddaughter, Kennedi Swepson.  For 46 years she worked in the dietary department at McDowell Hospital.  Elaine was a member of Daughters of Zion #2 Order of the Eastern Star; and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where she served on the Hospitality Committee and the Women’s Missionary.


Left to cherish her precious memories are her ten children, Zondra Y. Henry, James Henry, Jr., Debra Connelly, Karen D. Henry, Crystal Henry, Terry Allen Henry (Pandoria), Andrea Wimbush (Tim), Leslie H. Miller, Camille Elaine Henry and Amy H. Berry (Jermaine); and four siblings, Eula Jean Conley, James Ervin Conley, Virginia Lee Groce and Zackery Carson.  Granny Laney is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and many friends she met along the way. 


The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 05, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service in Marion.


A service to celebrate the life of Elaine will be held on Friday, November 06, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Dr. Michael Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at McDowell Cemetery. 


Those serving as pallbearers are, Shawn Boyce, Antawn Boyce, Daresse Henry, Toran Whiteside, Vernon Edmonds and Timmy Boyce; honorary pallbearers will be, James William Henry III, Tyrese Miller, Nathan Henry, Tavin Lindsey and Tahjii Borders.  Those serving as flower girls are, Artura Boyce, Starr Henry, Sierra Connelly, Karman Henry, Chanda Henry, Tikira Henry, Tia Miller, Aubrey Borders and Sydney Connelly.


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Henry’s memory are asked to consider, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, North Carolina 28043 or by visiting www.hocf.org.


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A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

Yvette and Alice Logan Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

Sarah Williams Lowe - Fayetteville, NC Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM

Granny To Many- Advisor, Confident,Friend Cuz Love

Alesia Ferguson Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

Penny Brown Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM

During my many years of nursing at the hospital it was my privilege to get to know Elaine. We shared many laughs and she was always a pleasure to be around. My sympathy to your entire family.
Jo Pyatt

Jo Pyatt Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Henry was a strong lady and always very kind to me. No doubt she will be greatly missed and to the family I am so sorry for your loss.

Donna Jill Starnes Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

Ray & Phyllis McKesson Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Elaine at the hospital for many years. She was the best cook! I knew it was going to be a good day when I came into the parking lot and saw her car! You couldnt have a bad day if it started with her biscuits and gravy. She was such a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all of the family.

Brenda Benfield Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

Linda terry Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Elaine Henry "Granny Laney"

betty wise Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

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