Corbit C. Hensley

April 15, 1919March 28, 2018

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. – Winston Churchill

Corbit C. Hensley, 98, of Gastonia was a proud Word War II veteran and part of the “greatest generation.” Corbit loved his family and his country. Corbit was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to World War II. He went in to the Army on March 13, 1942 and served until August 17, 1945. He served continuous without taking any leave days. His military service took him from Dillsboro, NC throughout Hawaii, Australia and the Philippines and then finally back home to Dillsboro, NC. Corbit was in an artillery crew as part of MacArthur’s “Island Hopping” campaign that secured the Pacific.

Besides his service in WW II, Corbit was an avid fisherman. You could often find him on a seaside pier or at a trout pond. He was an electrician by trade. He has been a resident of Gaston County since 1950. Corbit is the son of the late Lura (Sutton) and Jule Hensley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Mable Elizabeth (Harkins) Hensley and a son, Jerry Russell Hensley. Corbit is the last of five brothers and sisters.

Left to honor and cherish his memory are his daughter Joy Lackey and husband Willie, grandson Jason Ownsby and four step grandchildren. Also surviving Corbit are four step great grandchildren and one step great-great grandchild.

A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors, accorded by the U.S. Army and the Gaston County Honor Guard will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 2, 2018 in the Hillcrest Garden section of Gaston Memorial Park, 1200 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia.

Those who wish to offer expressions of sympathy and share fond memories, please visit Corbit’s guest book at:

The family of Corbit C. Hensley has entrusted his care to the staff at the Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park. We are deeply honored.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gaston Hospice in memory of Corbit.


  • Lura (Sutton) Hensley, Mother
  • Jule Hensley, Father
  • Mable Elizabeth (Harkins) Hensley, Wife
  • Joy Lackey and husband Willie, Daughter
  • Jerry Russell Hensley, Son
  • Jason Ownsby, Grandson
  • Corbit is the last of five brothers and sisters. He also leaves behind four step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren and one step great-great grandchild.


  • Graveside Service with Full Military Honors Monday, April 2, 2018

Corbit C. Hensley

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Richard Ellenburg

April 2, 2018

Joy and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Richard Ellenburg

Laura Mosser

April 1, 2018

Joy and Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your father was an amazing man who lived a full life. He was blessed with a wonderful, caring and loving family. We will keep you in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your Daddy. Know that he is in Heaven and you were there for him in his time of need. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.


Andy, Laura & Nate Mosser

Kelly Benner

March 30, 2018

Our sincerest and deepest condolences to the family. Even though he had a long and wonderful life, we know that a void will be present and hard to fill. Hopefully you can find comfort in the fact that he has been called Home and is in a better place with no more pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Kelly Benner & Family