June 7, 1935 ~ July 10, 2007

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

Wilburn “Buster” Henson, 72, of Reeves Cove Road, Candler, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Thomas Turner and Callie Morgan Henson. He was a loving husband, best daddy ever and the greatest papaw. He was an avid gardener and known by everyone for that, and was a member of the WNC Day Lilly Club and of the Baptist faith. He worked as a carpenter and heavy equipment operator for most of his life. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Peeler who died in 2003. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Sandra King Henson; three daughters, Donna Peeler and husband Ron of Asheville, Sharon Sebring and husband Dennis of Candler and Renee Henderson and husband Charley of Asheville; a brother, Pete Henson of Marion and sister, Kate Watson of Candler and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue with Reverend Charles Sprinkle officiating. Burial will follow at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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  1. Sorry to read about Buster.He was a good Uncle and will be missed.It is hard to say good-bye but he is at peace and holding Chris as well as the rest of his family. I will remember him for ever being happy and how much he loved Sandra and his girls.

  2. Every life in some way influences another and I am very proud to say that my life has the influence of Wilbur in it. This may not be evident to many but it definatly is to me. He was a very fine man.
    Please accept my sincere condolences in his passing.

  3. Although we did not keep in touch over the years, Buster and I go back a long time. Back to the mid to late 1950s – Troitino and Brown, George Stewart (Booger), working on the Parkway and many other places. The two things I most remember about Buster was his fun loving nature and his willingness to tackle any job. I can remember the concrete pours for the dam at Price Lake on the Parkway near Blowing Rock when we worked around the clock on several occasions. We were both in our early to mid twenties and did not know what it was to be tired. Buster was a special man and I know he will be sorely missed by his loved ones.

    May God give you His comfort.

  4. So sorry to lose such a good and respected Reeve’s Cove neighbor. My thoughts are with the Henson family.

  5. My thoughts are with you all. Busters friend Jerry Brown of Brown and Sons Inc thought the world of him. We all remember him well.

    Carolyn Brown

  6. Sandra, We are sorry to hear the news about Web , He was such a wonderful person and a good friend . our prayers are with you always .

  7. Dear Sandra and Girls, We’re so sorry to here of Buster’s passing. He was such a joy to talk to and I’d get a kick of how he would get onto Joe when he had to come and get him. I know that he’s walking with the Lord now and will be waiting for his girls and sweet wife to join him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and if you all need anything please let us know. Love and Prayers Hilda, Billy,and Kelsie

  8. Donna, I am so sorry to hear about your loving dad. Please know that I’ve been thinking about all of you at this most hard time. You have a wonderful family and I know that he will be greatly missed. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.




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