A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, in the Trenton Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Perry officiating.
She was born April 29, 1935, in Rock Ridge, N.C., to Roney Allison Bissette Sr. and Emma Metheral Bissette. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alvin Bissette; niece, Sue Brantley; and nephews, David and Philip Henderson.
She is survived by her husband, the Honorable Walter P. "Bud" Henderson, retired district court judge; sister, Mildred Brantley and husband, Teddy, of Bailey, N.C.; sister, Louise Whitley and husband, Charles, of Wilson, N.C.; brother, Alfice Bissette and wife, Mary, of Kenly, N.C.; brother, Roney Bissette Jr. and wife, Ann, of Plymouth, N.C.; sister-in-law, Ruby Bissette of Wilson, N.C.; and brother-in-law, Charles R. Henderson of Trenton, N.C.
"Aunt Rena" is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Barbara, Roxanne, Chris, Eric, and Jennifer Henderson; Melissa Taylor; Scott McCoy; Melissa Barnett; Julia Bircher; Ernestine Giddings; Maxine Owens; Wade Davis; David, Betsy, and Terry Bissette; Edith Finch; Edward Brantley; Sandra Bailey; Alison Bell; Tim Perry; Lisa Benton; Dorothy Bunn; Diane Weidner; and many grand nieces and nephews.
Rena was retired with the State of North Carolina, having worked in the Jones County Clerk of Court's office. She also worked in the North Carolina General Assembly when she was the administrative assistant for Senators Wendell Murphy, Cecil Hargett and Harry Brown and Representative Russell Tucker. In her spare time, Rena enjoyed wildflowers, traveling, gardening, history and art, and owned and operated Inheritance Press. She also researched and published "Jones County - Fact and Folklore."
The family thanks Dr. Danny Paul and his staff and the nursing staff on the 4th floor Oncology Unit of CarolinaEast Medical Center for their professionalism and compassion.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at Sayland Funeral Home in Maysville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Jones County Community Foundation, c/o Chris Henderson, P.O. Box 96, Pollocksville, NC 28573.
Arrangements are by Sayland Funeral Home, 703 Mattocks Ave., Maysville.
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