Henry Fincher III
June 27, 1938 – October 29, 2022
It is with the deepest sorrow we announce the death of Henry Fincher of Chester, Virginia, who passed away on October 29, 2022 at the age of 84. Son of the late Henry Fincher Sr. and, late, Margaret Billingsley, Henry was born and raised in Marion, Alabama where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957 and, ultimately, met the love of his life, Rosa Lee Norfleet.
After high school, Henry attended the Army before returning home to marry Rosa on October 1, 1960. They raised their three children: Andre, Kelvin and Darlene and lived in the Birmingham area before deciding to move to South Bend, Indiana. While there, Henry and Rosa welcomed two additional children: Darrell and Jason.
Henry was a dedicated husband and father which was strengthened by his deep faith in God. There was no greater example of his commitment to his family for when his wife of 47 years became ill. He made the very difficult decision to get her the best care possible even though it was 200 miles away from their home. For six months, he drove back and forth (400 miles/day) to stay with her while he worked in order to maintain benefits to ensure she received the level of care she needed. This was only one of countless examples of the sacrifices he made for his family.
Henry was also a man with an exceptionally strong work ethic which was evidenced by the success he experienced throughout his career. Once a garbage man, Henry received an opportunity to work at a small meat processing company in South Bend. Over the years, he gained progressive experience while earning his Associates and Bachelor’s degrees. He went on to hold senior leadership roles at ESI Meats, Diversity Food Processing Inc. and Boar’s Head. Along the way, he established strong working relationships that highlight his integrity, work ethic and commitment for excellence. When reflecting on his time working in various organizations from the early 70s on he stated, “the challenges of life offer many opportunities we may seize. If we don’t like where we are or what we are, you can change it.”
Henry was predeceased by his wife, Rosa Lee Norfleet; daughter, Corliss Darlene Shorter; parents, Henry Fincher Sr. and Margaret Billingsley; siblings, Jerry Fincher (Artilia), Jane Griffin and Joseph Fincher.
He is survived by his children, Andre Fincher (Marilyn), Kelvin Fincher, Darrell Fincher-Crusan (Justin) and Jason Fincher; grandchildren, Candace Fincher, Cassie Fincher, Tony Montgomery, Andre Fincher Jr. (Karen), Jaedyn Randolph, Donovan Fincher and Ava Fincher; great grandchildren, Liana Wright, Antonio Montgomery and Christopher Vincent; siblings, Robert Fincher (Beverly), Margaret Fisher (Raymond), Marilyn Lapsley, and Eddie D. Fincher (Julie); in-laws, Lola Skeen, Helen Bryant, Hattie Pryor (Charles), Bonnie Fincher and Michele Fincher. He will also be remembered by a multitude of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and co-workers.
Services to honor his life will occur at the Melvin Miller Funeral Home in Marion, Alabama on Saturday, November 5th, followed by an interment at the Northfleet Family Cemetery in Newbern Alabama.
In addition to flowers donations are welcome to Family Promise www.familypromise.org, an organization dedicated to support homeless and low-income families to achieve sustainable independence.