January 21, 1924 ~ July 20, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Elnora Grace McFalls Henson, 97, moved to her Heavenly Home from recent residency at the Pisgah Valley Villas on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

A native of Buncombe Co., Elnora was the daughter of the late Hobart Nelson, Sr., and Grace Rogers McFalls. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd “Jay” Henson, Jr. (Veteran WWII); and brothers, Hobart McFalls, Jr. (Mary Elizabeth “Lib”) and Jack McFalls (Mary Ruth).

She was a graduate of Sand Hill High School, Class of ’41.

Elnora worked as a receptionist at Asheville Pediatrics for over 30 years, and was well loved by several generations of mothers and babies.

She faithfully attended Grace Baptist Church in West Asheville.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Baity (Bill); son, Harold “David” Henson; grandchildren, David and Jon Baity, and Liz Gruninger; and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mark Baity, Rachel Baity Nanney, Kristen and Emily Gruninger.

The memorial service for Mrs. Henson will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. Rev. Steve Scoggins will officiate.

Private inurnment will take place at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.

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Memorial Service: July 31, 2021 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Elnora was a bright light to all she knew. Full of positive energy and good will, she radiated joy and loved to tell stories that left us feeling better about the world. I knew her through her son David, my lifelong friend, and through her daughter Carolyn, who helped in her care in the last phase of her long and happy life. At this difficult time, I send love and condolences to David and Carolyn for your great loss. Elnora was a friend to all who knew her, and she will be sorely missed.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Elnora at Heart Path several years ago. I always looked forward to spending time with her and having great discussions. I’m sorry to hear about her passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to her friends and family!

  3. Carolyn and Bill, We were so sorry to hear of Elnora’s passing. She was a wonderful person and her bright smile and bubbly personality will be missed by so many. We loved her. She was a special friend to us.

  4. Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She really lived a blessed life. Will never forget her kindness for me and my children when she was at Asheville Pediatric Assoc. Many other great memories living on Salola st.

  5. Carolyn, I’m so sorry for your loss. You were a faithful loving daughter. Our prayers are with you and David

  6. So sorry to hear of the passing of Elnora. She was a sweet lady, a joy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Joe and Wanda Elkins

  7. I knew Nora working at Asheville Pediatric. She was always so happy and helpful and always smiling.l am so sorry for her passing. I am sure she will be missed

  8. Carolyn and family, we are so sorry to hear about your mom. I only knew her for a little while and Rick remembered her coming to the plant. She was such a joy to be around! I enjoyed having lunches with her and the “girls” at the Villas. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace until you see her again.

  9. Aunt Nora had a kind and beautiful soul, Always smiling and happy. More so when she was with her beloved husband Jay. Who cherished her just as much. They were just smitten with each other.The most genuine warm person
    I´ve ever known. She radiated warmth & goodness. We’ll always love you & miss you dearly. *Theresa, Mitchell & Haley~Marie
    (Ex of Carroll R Henson’s son Charles


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