Joe L. Hensley

February 21, 1935 - February 11, 2016
Joe L. Hensley

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Joe L. Hensley, 80, of Etowah went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 11, 2016 at The Lodge at Mills River.

Born in Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Floyd and Clara Hensley.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Steve Hensley, and sister, Jean McCall.

Joe served in the US Army and was employed by Ecusta Paper Mill Company for 32 years, retiring in 1985.  He was an active member of Blantyre Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Betty Hensley; daughter, Traci Hensley Ballenger of Etowah; two grandchildren, Bailey and Wyatt Ballenger of Etowah; sister, Jerri Derouen of Biloxi, MS; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, February 14, 2016 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home.  Dr. John Rhymer and Reverend Ron Nelson will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.



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  • February 13, 2016
    Carol Fonte says:
    I am so very sorry for the loss of Joe. I remember him as a kind and gentle person who was my friend Betty's husband and my daughter-in-law's uncle. God keep his hand on his family. CF

  • February 13, 2016
    Shirley Roper says:
    Betty, I'm so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since we have seen each other, but I think of you often. Good memories of you and Joe working on film side. You are in my prayers. Shirley

  • February 13, 2016
    Pamela Small Hamilton Hatley says:
    Sorry for your loss. Joe was a kind, wonderful man. When my grandmother Frances Morrison was sick, your family was there to offer support. The world has lost a beautiful soul! Even though it's been years since I've seen you Betty, I remember very vividly how my Aunt Clara and grandmother Frances loved you. I remember how excited my grandmother was when you gave birth to your daughter. All of this was such a very long time ago, but each memory is very precious. I will offer prayers of peace and amazing grace for your family. You and Joe made a wonderful couple! I am honored to have such incredible people in my family.

  • February 14, 2016
    Tiffany Leu says:
    Condolences to your family at this time. You are on our thoughts and prayers