Phillip Henline

Phillip Henline

Phillip Nelson Henline Jr., 93, of Biggerstaff Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at the St. Joseph’s campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. 

Born Aug. 31, 1924, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Phillip Nelson Henline Sr. and the late Belle Sparks Henline. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Buchanan Henline, who passed away in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Howard Henline; and his sister, Barbara Gouge.

Phillip was a member and deacon of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Marines veteran of World War II. He owned and operated Henline Motor Company of Spruce Pine for more than 40 years. Phillip was a member of the Spruce Pine Lions Club for more than 60 years and was a member of Vesper Masonic Lodge No. 554 A.F. and A.M for more than 60 years also.

Left to cherish his memories are his son, Mark Henline, and wife, Frances, of Crossnore; his granddaughter, Noelle Gates and husband, Samuel, of Crossnore; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The funeral service honoring the life of Phillip Henline was 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Brandon Pitman officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the church. Masonic Graveside rites were conducted by Vesper Masonic Lodge No. 554 A.F. & A.M.  Interment followed in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter No. 57 D.A.V. The Marine Corps League served as pallbearers.

Flowers will be accepted and appreciated, or memorial donations may be made to Spruce Pine Lions Club at     

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Phillip Henline’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Henline family. Mr. Henline’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616