July 2, 1916 ~ May 21, 2000

Born in: Yancey Co., NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Ford Hensley, 83, of 8 Maple Crescent, Asheville, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Hensley was born July 2, 1916, in Escota, NC, and was a son of the late Sewell Brownlow and Nancy Cordelia Shelton Hensley. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Everett Sabastian Hensley of Lyman, SC, Virgle Ralph Hensley of Rock Hill, SC, and Naff Oliver Hensley of Rock Hill; three sisters, Ersie Evelyn Belcher of Spartanburg, SC, Oaksie Idonna Hensley of Inman, SC, and Mary E. Foy Terrell of Lyman, SC. He was formerly married to the late Olivia Bowers Hensley Terry of Asheville.

Mr. Hensley moved with his family to Enka, NC in 1964 from Bethune, SC, where he had worked as electrical engineer at the Kendall Corp. He held the same capacity at American Enka Corp. until his retirement in 1972.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints and was a former member of the Royal Pines Ward, Arden, NC, the First and Second Wards in Spartanburg, SC, and at the time of his death served as a High Priest at the Asheville Central Branch.

He is survived by a wife, Jackie Rose Hensley of Dunwell Avenue, Asheville; three sons, William Eugene (Bill) Hensley of Brigham City, Utah, James Allen (Jim) Hensley of Fletcher, and Marion Douglas (Doug) Hensley of Asheville; a daughter, Carol Ann Hensley Bennett of Asheville; a sister, Martha Elvarie Curry of Rock Hill, SC, fourteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 4:00 pm Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery with Gary Bennett, Branch President, Asheville Central Branch, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, presiding.

His family will be at the home of Gary and Carol Ann Bennett, 26 Maple Crescent, Asheville.

Memorials may be made to Aston Park Health Care Center, 380 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Still to this day I remember Grandpa giving me rides on his riding lawn mower in Asheville. Also enjoyed very much my visit with him when I was stationed in the Army at Fort Gordon, GA. Still cherish the pocket knife he gave me as a boy which was handed down from his father through the generations to me. He was a wonderful grandpa and I feel blessed to be a part of his family. You have lived a good life and have been a great example to me all of my life. I know you are in a better place now Grandpa! I love you and I will miss you!

    Brent and family

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