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Obituary — Gerald Henley



Gerald Page Henley, age 71 of Maiden, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 at his residence. Born May 18, 1947 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Rhyne Baxter and Aleen Poole Henley. He was a lifelong member of Friendly Chapel Baptist Church. Gerald was the owner/operator of Henley Motors in Maiden from 1971-2005 when he retired. Gerald had a great passion for Tennessee Walking horses and also continued as a businessman through his commercial rental properties.

Left to cherish his memory: Wife of 25 years, Vanessa Franklin Henley; son, Darin P. Henley and his wife Samantha; brothers Charles “Gene” Henley (and his wife JoAnne) of Denver and Giles Henley (and his wife Patricia of Lincolnton; sister, Linda Helton of Mt. Holly; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; Prue Houk, mother of Darin.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden with Pastor Jeff Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden.

Memorials may be made to: Friendly Chapel Baptist Church, 6815 E. NC 150 Hwy., Maiden, NC 28650 or Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Henley family.

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