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Goodwater man dies in Saturday bike wreck

Published 8:09pm Monday, February 28, 2011

A motorcycle wreck in New Site claimed the life of a Goodwater man Saturday.

Earl Layvon Henderson, 66, of Goodwater was traveling north on Bence Street when the Harley Davidson he was driving wrecked, New Site Police Chief John McKelvey said.

“It happened Saturday afternoon at approximately 5 p.m.,” he said. “It looks like he was traveling north on Bence Street and lost control. He ran off the roadway and hit a fence.”

McKelvey said that in addition to the New Site Police Department, the Alabama State Troopers, the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, the New Site Fire Department and LifeSaver helicopter all responded to the scene of the single vehicle crash.

“They transported him from the scene to Horseshoe Bend High School for LifeSaver support,” McKelvey said, adding that Henderson was pronounced dead soon after.

Henderson, whose nickname was “Duck,” was born on July 11, 1944 in Etowah County to Houston Henderson and Rachel Andrews Henderson.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator with Ingram Grading and Paving.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Larue Henderson of Goodwater, three sons, five daughters, two brothers, two sisters, 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, according to Henderson’s obituary.

Funeral services for Henderson will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bass Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Kellyton Memory Gardens.Rev. Roger Green will officiate.

Henderson’s family received friends Monday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial messages may be sent to Henderson’s family on