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Vanise Henson

October 18, 1938 ~ May 12, 2019 (age 80)

Canton – Vanise Henson, 80, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Earl and Bessie Nations Henson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Henson, who died in 2018; a daughter, Karen Henson; one son, Tracy Henson; four brothers, Vennoy, Vernon, Verlyn and Valgene “Butch” Henson; and three sisters, Virginia Blythe, Annie Henson and Violet Snyder.  Vanise was a past vice president of Smoky Mountain Local 507 and was a team member of the employee based buy-out from Champion to Blue Ridge.  He enjoyed NASCAR, gardening, collecting knives, Duke Basketball and his grandchildren were his greatest joy.

He is survived by a daughter, Kelley Henson Tyler (Robert) of Canton; four grandchildren, Caleb Henson (Celenda Chapman), Andrew Henson (Emma Treadway), all of Canton, Justin Tyler (Angelica), of Candler, and Jordan Tyler (Caley Edlington) of Canton; and two great-grandchildren, Molly Henson and Landon Smathers.

A graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road with the Reverend Aryn Williams-Ruebel officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at Wells Funeral Home of Canton.

The care of Mr. Henson has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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