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Clifford E. Hendershot

Clifford E. Hendershot

July 7, 2016, Clifford E. Hendershot left this earth to meet our Lord and his wife in heaven. He finished his life as he lived it; well done and in perfect order. He made his way through this world as a servant, being useful and living each day with a purpose. He lived quietly and conservatively, without a need of praise or fanfare. He let you know what he didn't like, but was always a gentleman and grateful for your efforts. He never wanted to be a burden to others, and kept the trials he experienced late in life to himself. He will be greatly missed.

Clifford was a veteran of WWII, having served from 1943-1945 as a machinist in the 555th Ordinance Heavy Maintenance Company, stationed in northern France. He was a man of faith and a steadfast father to three children, Gordon A. Hendershot (Brenda) of Belton, SC; Shirley A. Feagin (Craig) of Hendersonville; and Norman A. Hendershot (Beth) of Hickory, NC. He leaves behind seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 64 years, Virginia M. Hendershot.

Clifford worked as a welder for the railroad after the war, then dedicated 33 years of this life as an engineer for Aeroquip Corporation in Jackson, Michigan. He spent over 30 years in retirement and volunteered much of that time in service to his church, his children, and the community. Clifford and Virginia were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville, and faithful volunteers with Bounty of Bethlehem and the Meals on Wheels program for a number of years. He enjoyed woodworking and made beautiful, hand-crafted clocks and cradles for his children and grandchildren. One could always count on Cliff to fix anything broken and lend a helping hand with a project.

Clifford grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and moved to Rutherfordton, NC with Aeroquip Corporation in 1971. He and Virginia moved to Hendersonville in 1997 and he spent his remaining years enjoying the beauty of this community. He was priviledged to be among the last group of Henderson County veterans taken to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. through the Honor Air program, and was moved by the experience.
The family will hold a private service in his honor at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Henderson County Meals on Wheels program.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.