Mr. Henry Lee Hensley, 87, longtime Lona Valley resident, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in a Fort Smith hospital.
He was born May 30, 1928, in Van Alstyne, Texas, to Lester and Jessie (Tuck) Hensley. He grew up in Savoy, Texas, where he graduated with the class of 1946. He continued his education at East Texas State University where he earned his master degree in 1954.
He began his teaching career at Gober, Texas, before going to serve his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.
He returned to teaching in Nevada, Texas, for 14 years. He was married to Mary Lou Ford on May 5, 1969. He continued teaching at Caddo Mills for five years and Greenville, until his retirement from teaching in 1986.
He was voted in as Hunt County Commissioner and served two terms until 1994.
He and Mary Lou made their home in Lona Valley in 1995. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 798, Hella Shriners, The Scottish Rite in Dallas, and Bells Lodge 798.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hensley of the home; five children, Michael Hensley and wife JoAnna of Liberty Township, Ohio, Vicki Mitchell and husband John of Greenville, Dr. Patrick McCaslin and wife Claire of Madisonville, La., Kara Carter and husband Richard of Kinta, and Roger McCaslin of Kinta; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Jessie Hensley; three brothers, Wilbern, Wayne, and Eugene Hensley; and one sister, Claudie Shoemate.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at R.E. Shearwood Memorial Chapel with Reverend Scott Mitchell officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Lona Valley Cemetery under the direction of King and Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler, Okla.
Pallbearers include Kyle Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Dick Hensley, Michael Hensley, Richard Carter, and Ronnie Blankenship.