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Matthew Ray Henderson, Jr.

December 15, 2011 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 12) 12 Years Old

Matthew Henderson, Jr. Obituary

Matthew, or Little Matt, barreled into the world on December 15, 2011 and has been endlessly entertaining his family and friends ever since. Laughing was his favorite, and he was at his happiest when he could use his quick wit and mischievous sense of humor to make the people around him laugh along with him. Little Matt's mind was razor sharp, and he had recently decided that his future soared in the clouds, either as a jet pilot or a jet propulsion engine mechanic, while proudly serving in one of the fine branches of America's military forces. 

Along with a contagious enthusiasm and zest for life, Matt had a kind soul. He loved all animals, particularly wolves, huskies, and sharks. Possessing an eye for beauty, he enjoyed catching beautiful sunsets on his phone camera so that he could re-experience them any time he wanted. 

Little Matt was passionate about his interests, including anime (specifically Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z) and video games- particularly playing Fortnite with his Dad, Matt Sr. He loved sharing his interests with others and could chat endlessly about the things that he enjoyed.

Matthew was an amazing son, grandson, brother, student, and friend. His sparkling eyes and contagious smile will be sorely missed by those who were blessed to have known him. While the rest of the world dimmed without his light, there is one thing we all know for certain- Heaven is full of laughter.

Little Matt was greeted at the pearly gates by his "Nene" Stephanie Jo Perry (paternal Grandmother), Kenneth Wayne Daniels Sr (maternal Great Grandfather), Joe Perry (paternal Great Grandfather), Randall Creel (maternal Great Grandfather), Steven "Skip" Sharp, Sr (maternal Great Uncle), Brian W. Sharp (maternal Great Uncle), and Maria Norris (maternal Grandmother).

He lives on through numerous relatives.

His greatest fan, Mother Trinity Norris of Dover, NC and his favorite person to carry on a prank war with, mom's boyfriend Nick Quinn of Kinston, NC.

His ride or die, Father Matthew Henderson Sr. of Kinston, NC and his park adventure partner, Carrie Joyner of Kinston, NC.

His siblings and partners in mischief, Jacey Grace Sanderson, Madison Ray Henderson, Hayden Faith Henderson, Scarlett Henderson, and Baby Henderson-- Matt's new little brother who is expected to make his appearance in 2024.

His hard-working mentors, Grandparents "Papa" John Daniel Sharp Jr, of Dover, NC; "Papa" Colon Henderson and his wife, Heather Henderson of Kinston, NC; and Pamela Creel and Brandon Reavis of Dover, NC, and their son, Max Reavis.

Beloved Grandmothers Margaret Creel, of Dover, NC; Shirley "Banny" Daniels, of Havelock, NC; and, Rachel Henderson, of New Bern, NC.

Doting Aunts and Uncles Dr. Cameron and Brooke Ritter of Wilmington, NC and their daughter, Preston Claire Ritter; Zachary and Lela Nelson, of Newport, NC and their daughters Gracelyn Rose Brinson and Kenna Marie Nelson; Jolie Gaskill and Timothy Bush of Havelock, NC; Brenna Kimmons of Havelock, NC; Autumn Daniels, of Havelock, NC and her children Adelyn Grace Lewis and Ayden John Lewis; Megan Yates of Havelock, NC and her son, Bricen Gray Goodwin; Tiffany Hancock, Matt Hancock, Nathan Hancock, and Allyson Hancock of Trenton, NC.

Adoring Great Aunts and Uncles Dr. Kirk and Keelie Kimmons, of Havelock, NC; Lisa Daniels, of Atlantic, NC; Kenneth "Chip" Daniels, Jr and wife Toni Daniels, of Havelock, NC; Suzanne Triemstra of Wilmington, NC; Kelly and Christy Tyner of Ayden, NC; Tony and Tammy Simmons of Kinston, NC; Michelle Owens of New Bern, NC; Raymond Sharp, of Warren, PA and his wife Karen; and Lorrie Watson of Tidiout, PA. 

The visitation will held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2024 at Garner Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Justin Barnett officiating. The burial will be held following the funeral service at Westview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations in Little Matt's honor, to be donated to The Wingman Foundation, a veteran founded, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides immediate post mishap support to ensure our fallen heroes are never forgotten and the loved ones they leave behind are always supported. The family is also accepting toy jet airplanes for memorial pieces for Matt. Any extras will be donated to local children in the hopes that they will get as much enjoyment out of them as Little Matt did.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
January 14, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Garner Funeral Home
209 W Peyton Avenue
Kinston, NC 28501

Funeral Service
Sunday
January 14, 2024

2:00 PM
Garner Funeral Home
209 W Peyton Avenue
Kinston, NC 28501

Interment following funeral service
Sunday
January 14, 2024

Westview Cemetery (Kinston, NC)

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