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Asheville - Robert Nelson Henson, 73, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center.

The only child of the late Frank and Anna Deitz Henson, he was born July 20, 1939 in Haywood County. Bob graduated from Western Carolina University with a double major in music and art. He also received a Master's in Art and Art History from Vanderbilt University.

Bob was an accomplished artist, pianist and vocalist. For several years, he was the choir director of First Congregational of Asheville. He later was a soloist at All Souls Episcopal Church. In 1964, Bob began teaching art and music at Asheville Country Day School (now Carolina Day School). For many years he taught all of the art and music to grades K-12. In 2011, he retired from Carolina Day with 47 years of service.

Although there is no immediate family surviving, Bob does leave behind an aunt and several cousins. In addition, Bob leaves thousands of students whom he loved, nurtured and taught, who will remember him fondly.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the Upper School Auditorium of Carolina Day School. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob's memory to the Carolina Day School Endowment Fund.

An online memorial register is available at


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 23, 2012
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