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Thomas Charlie Henson



Thomas Charlie Henson, 68, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at his residence.


Charlie was born the second child and first son May 08, 1952 in Hayesville, North Carolina to the late Howard and Clemmie Henson.


Shortly after, his father moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia. Howard followed where he could always improve the family conditions before ending up in Marion in 1962. Charlie graduated from Marion High in 1970. He was always a worker. At age 8, he pumped gas on Saturday at Ledbetter’s Store on Broad River then when we came to Marion he worked for Bill Bradley at the store and the Tasty Freeze. When he became old enough, he went to work for Broyhill Furniture in the Rub Room, where he worked until he crossed the railroad tracks to Drexel. He was promoted later into the office where he continued to work until the last plant shut down at Morganton- then he retired as procurement manager.


He always looked after his mother, father, any family member, and whomever else needed it. He had many different interests in life. When he was younger, he looked forward to fishing in Canada with Doug and Jerry. He loved old cars and muscle cars and anything that was old, including cap guns, toys, and war memorabilia. He loved it all. He loved a simpler time when everybody didn’t know what was going on everywhere. If you lived in Marion, he probably knew you or a family member. Charlie knew the Lord and was ready to go when called home.


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother, Howard Henson, Jr.; a sister, Gerald Anne; and a brother-in-law, Audie.


Survivors include his siblings, Linda Miller (Doug), Herman Henson (Sheila), Peggy Curnutte (Carl), Phyllis Kazee, Norman Henson, and Timothy Henson; nieces and nephews, Jessica (Josh), Tammy, Heather, Dana, Brandy, Jason (Amber), and Tifany; and great nieces and nephews, Madison, Merit, Eli, Tony, Tyler, Abby, Bentley, Natalie, Nick, Ryan, Lily, Cannon, Brittany, and Dillon; extended family, Bob Tipton and family.

Though Charlie never married, he had many extended family members. As he said, they know who they are. He considered the Worley family, Derrick and Teresa Worley and their children, Bailey and Ashley (Dillon), and their child Kyler (who knew Charlie as Poppy), “HIS” family. He included them in all Henson family events, and they him in all Worley family events. The entire Henson family considers them the same.


No services are planned at this time.




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So sad to see the passing of Charlie. When we were young I would see Charlie at the Chimney Rock Hillclimb, such fun memories. Charlie was a great guy, Ill miss knowing he has departed this world. Godspeed Charlie.

Keith Jenkins Feb 20 2021 12:00 AM

Phyliss, Tim and family, I really enjoyed working with Charlie at Drexel. He was quite a character. Even when I would see him in town after Drexel closed, he was the same old Charlie. So sorry for your loss!

Danita Gibbs Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

I miss all the good times we had in High School, and all our reunions we had it was always great to see you there. May you rest in peace until we meet again.

Mika Elliott

Mika and Dale Elliott Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM

Herman, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Beth Lytle Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Henson

Evelyn Ledford Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Henson

Jay & Linda Beam Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Charlie, Ive k own you for years. Never seen you without that wonderful smile. Loving and kind, if the world had more people like this, wart would be a beautiful place. Until we see each other again, I love and miss you.

Sheree Bright Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

Charlie was one of my best friends in High School. We had a shared love of History, and shared an Advanced History Class where we delved into 20th Century history and the two World Wars. I always thought he would have made an excellent history teacher with his bright mind. Charlie, I wish wed stayed in touch more, and I will miss you and your smile.

Glenda Wilkinson Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss Prayers for all the family

Kathy Lewis Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

I could always count on a smile and a cheerful outlook from Charlie. Worked with him for 20 years at Drexel. A really loved this young man.

Billie Vess Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

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