FLAT ROCK - Alfred C. "Lum" Heatherly of Flat Rock went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at his home following a period of declining health.
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Born on March 20, 1932 in Green River, he moved back to Henderson County after retiring as a Staff Sergeant from the United States Army. He served 22 years as a multi-engine helicopter mechanic, primarily working on Chinook Helicopters. After returning home to Hendersonville, he worked as a security guard at Pardee Hospital where he retired after 20 years of service in 1997.
He was the son of the late James and Bessie Tankersley Heatherly. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Gale K. Heatherly in 2011; his brother, Joe Heatherly; his two sisters, Janette Heatherly Ward and Mary Doris Heatherly Waldrop.
Lum was a veteran of the Korean War and also a two time veteran of the Vietnam War where he was awarded several medals including: the Korean Service Medal with 4 bronze service bars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the United Nations Service Metal, the Bronze Star Medal, 3 Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, 6 Overseas Bars, and numerous Badges and Patches. He was also stationed in Kitzingen, Germany, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Stewart, GA, and Fort Hood, TX.
Lum attended Pisgah Forest Baptist Church. He was a beloved Pop and Pappy who will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Wanda Watkins of Hendersonville and Teresa Lane and her husband Pastor Michael Lane of Kernersville, NC; 3 sons, William "Bill" Heatherly and his wife Tammy of Hendersonville, James Heatherly and his wife Terri of Etowah, and Alfred "AJ" Heatherly and his wife Lea of Springville, CA; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a large number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. His nephew, Chaplain Ted Edwards of the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Parris Island, SC, will officiate. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM prior to the service in the chapel. At other times, the family will be at the home of James and Terri Heatherly. A private entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorial may be made to the Youth Group of Pisgah Forest Baptist Church, 494 Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. Lum believed the churches youth are the church of tomorrow.
The family wishes to thank Gail Bannish for her kind and loving care of Lum. More than his caregiver, she is family.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1
To sign an online register book or send a sympathy card, visit www.forestlawnhendersonville.com
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published in The Times-News from July 7 to July 8, 2014