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Samuel Gerald Henson

November 21, 1936 — July 8, 2023



Samuel G. Henson

In Loving Memory of Samuel Gerald Henson


November 21, 1936 - July 8, 2023


Samuel “Sam” Gerald Henson, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on July 8, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and laughter. Born on November 21, 1936, he was a lifelong resident of Haywood County, a place he proudly called home.


Sam was a devoted husband to Jean Ledford Henson, his beloved wife of 61 years. Their enduring love and unwavering commitment served as an inspiration to all who knew them. Together, they weathered life's joys and challenges, building a foundation of love and support for their family.

Sam was a loving father to his children, Susan, Sammy Joe (married to Chris Henson), and Shannon (married to Jason Revelia). He held a special place in his heart for his seven grandchildren, Dylan, Tayte, Quinn, Josie, Silas, Analyn, and Griffin. Their presence brought him immeasurable joy.


Sam was preceded in death by his parents, UG Henson and Eula Henson, as well as his siblings: Barbara Conard, Steve Henson, Judy Sturgill, and his sister Sarah Virginia, who passed away as an infant. Their spirits are now reunited in the embrace of eternal peace.


A proud veteran, Samuel served in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 and continued his service in the active reserves. He carried the values instilled in him during his military service throughout his life, exhibiting loyalty, dedication, and a strong sense of duty.


For over 40 years, Sam worked at Champion International in Waynesville, dedicating himself to the mill until his well-deserved retirement in 1998. He then spent many years at Springdale Country Club taking care of the greens. However, it was his unwavering devotion to his family and friends that truly defined him. 


Sam had an exceptional talent for brewing the perfect pot of coffee, always ready to share a warm cup and a heartfelt conversation with anyone who crossed his path. His quick wit, master storytelling, and infectious laughter made him the life of the party, especially when gathered around the campfire.


Sam pursued a multitude of interests and hobbies, including stock car racing, motocross, tomato farming, cross country motorcycling, golfing, photography, painting and fishing. He also found joy on the sideline coaching youth football for the Bethel Blue Demons for 13 years. 


One of his favorite retreats was Jekyll Island, where he spent time each year for over 30 years immersing himself in the lifelong friends he made at the campground, the golf courses, shrimp hole, bike paths and the overall beauty of the island. He could often be found at the pier watching the cargo ships come through. 


To honor Sam’s life and the joy he brought to all who knew him, the family will be hosting a celebration of life at 4:00 p.m. on August 12 in his beloved front yard with military honors conducted by the United States Marine Corp followed by fellowship and a meal.  This was the place where he could often be found, "mowing and grinning," before taking his favorite seat on the front porch, savoring a hot cup of coffee. It will be a time to share stories, laughter, and the profound impact Sam had on each of our lives.


Sam’s passing leaves a void that can never be filled. May his soul find eternal peace, and may we all strive to live our lives with the same joy, love and laughter that Sam exemplified so beautifully.


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


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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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