ETOWAH - Gerald W. Emanuel, AKA Paul David Henson, 59, of Etowah, died at his home on Monday, March 25, 2013, following a five month illness.
He was born in Sugartree, Tenn., the biological son of Willie T. Henson and Alta M. Henson. He was the adopted son of the late Emmett and Ruby Emanuel. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Jackson, and a brother-in-law, Pat Noble.
A former resident of Memphis, Tenn., he was a self-employed auto mechanic and was a member of Cordova Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. He loved flowers, hiking, and waterfalls.
Surviving is his wife of almost 40 years, Mary Jo Emanuel; daughter, Christy Gray and husband, Phillip, of Billings, Montana; sons, Jason Emanuel, of Clermont, Fla., and Joshua Emanuel, of Etowah; grandchildren, Anna Emanuel, Kathryn Emanuel, Danielle Gray, Richard Gray, Meredith Emanuel, Harley Emanuel, and Dylan Emanuel; sisters, Mary Noble, of Gadsden, Tenn., Audrey Schaffhauser and husband, John, of Ripley, Miss.; a brother, R.C. Latham, of Pinson, Tenn., and two close friends, Rob, of Saluda and Pete, of Hendersonville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Services and burial will follow later in the week in Bolivar, Tenn., under the direction of Shackelford Funeral Directors.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.