Charles M. Henderson

Apr 29, 2014

Loved and Cherished

CLYDE/MORGANTON — Charles Montgomery Henderson, 79, of Morganton and a former resident of Haywood County, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014.

In the winter season of Nov. 24, 1934, on the majestic mountain land of Camp Hope, located in the Cruso Community of Haywood County, a baby boy, Charles Montgomery Henderson, was born to the late Paul Montgomery Henderson and Florence Shelton Henderson, who made their home in the “caretakers cottage” on the beloved Camp Hope property. Charles was a 1953 graduate of Bethel High School and began his career at Fiber Board Paper Mill in Port Angeles, Washington, for four and a half years, where he resided before returning to make his home in Clyde in 1957. Mr. Henderson was employed with Champion International for 38 dedicated years and was also a Champion Old Timer. He was of the Baptist faith. Charles loved camping with his family and friends, enjoyed NASCAR racing, and was a Carolina Panthers fan. He was a talented wood craftsman and his lovely handmade music boxes were admired by everyone. Charles loved his family and his wonderful grandchildren were his pride and joy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Stamey; brothers, Thomas “Bud” Henderson and William Howard Henderson.

Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Joyce Fowler Henderson, of Morganton; a daughter, Tammy Henderson Cobb, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; a son, Terry Henderson, and his wife, Glenda, of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Lindsay Davis and her husband, Phillip, of Waynesville, Adam Cobb and Staci Shepherd of Ravenel, South Carolina, Dana Henderson Febles, and her husband, Victor, of York, South Carolina, Donny Messer, of Canton, and Jamie Messer, and his wife, Melina, of Canton; great-grandchildren, Hudson Prevost Davis, Ryan and Arabella Febles, Quade and Kylie Messer.

Special treasured and thankful memories that we shall cherish are birthdays celebrated together with Papaw and his special granddaughter, Lindsay Davis; special grandson, Adam Cobb, who was always there for him ,and special memories with special grandson, Donny Messer.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Clyde. The Rev. Richard Warren will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Henderson family and words of comfort may be shared at

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