January 7, 1958 – December 9, 2018
“Clap your hands all you people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph” and have great joy in your hearts as we announce the last voyage of JoAnn Hensley at 60 yrs old. On Sunday, Dec 9th, at 11:00am she left this world early to be with Her Heavenly Father.
She left us peacefully in her sleep from G3201 Beecher Rd, Heritage Manor Healthcare Center in Flint, Michigan. She was cremated courtesy of Brown Funeral Home in Grand Blanc Michigan.
Recently reunited with her long lost family, they drove from Detroit Michigan, Inkster Michigan, Grayson, Kentucky, and even as far as Bakersfield, California to visit with her before she passed. She was ready for the journey and at peace and right with Her Saviour Jesus Christ.
JoAnn was born in County 59 in Seoul, Korea. Little is known about her real father, but he definitely fathered an amazing woman. She was one of the most spirited, talkative, toughest ladies on earth, and if she shared her smile with you it would touch you inside somehow until you had to smile back. God gave her that gift and she loved to use it.
JoAnn was naturalized in 1961 and became a legal citizen of The United States of America and loved this Great Country.
Her Mother, The Honorable Okcha Pearson raised her in Nashville Tennessee. She was adopted by Evan Jones in 1961.
She met and married Joseph Hensley III in the early 1980's. They were happy together for a time and had 2 children together, Joey and Danny, but divorced shortly thereafter. She had another Son, Timothy/Matthew Hensley and had to give him up for adoption because of her physical disabilities.
A few years later JoAnn met and fell in love with Eric Jay Walls. Believing in Jesus Christ together kept them loving each other through many trials. Eric was faithfully at her side or on the phone with her until God called her home.
Everyone who knew JoAnn knew she was a warrior with a humongous kind loving forgiving heart. She battled and conquered her demons, addictions, being paralyzed, mental institutions, and homelessness. When she lost everything in a fire, even all her family contacts, she never gave up on being happy. She came through every trial with some serious scars, yet not one of them ever made her lose her Joy for God's love in her life. She was a Prayer warrior and kept a courageous smile through it all.
A devoted Christian Woman, JoAnn was sometimes cranky, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but mostly happy and made sure she told everyone around her that God loves you and Jesus loves you. She loved her God, doing bible studies, Bread of life and Words of faith and reading her BIBLE daily.
She liked bingo, and listening to the radio, but she especially loved to sing to people or just by herself. Even though she never had a record contract her voice was beautiful because it came from her heart. So much pain overcame by the Joy she received from singing. She would sing you multiple songs from the radio if you ever had the time.
Some of her favorite songs were Amazing Grace, Mansion on a Hilltop, Praise the Lord, and Always be My Baby by Mariah Carey. When she sang Praise the Lord she meant it and was not ashamed to let everyone around her know how she loved her God.
One of her last Prayers and deepest regrets was that she could locate Timothy/Matthew Hensley before she passed. She left with that wish unfilled.
JoAnn is survived by:
Her Mother, Honorable Okcha Pearson,
Her sons Joseph Raymond Hensley IV,
Daniel Paul Hensley and Timothy/Matthew Hensley.
Her Grandchildren, Joseph V, Jasmine, Jamiaha, Josiaha, Tristan, Carter, Bella, Savannah, Michael and new Grandchild to be in April.
Her partner Eric Jay Walls
Her Daughter in laws, Tiffany and Tiffany
Her nieces Ashley and Nicole, Templeton
And her closest cousin Julie James and Family.
JoAnn will join Sister, Sylvia Templeton and Granddaughter, Jalila Jones in heaven.
Services will held at Pentecostal Temple, Church of God in Christ, 30043 Parkwood St, Inkster Michigan 48141 on January 19th 2019 at 12 Noon. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her, but God Loved Her First and called her home so:
“Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad because of His judgments.”
Special thanks to the many prayers of:
Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, Inkster Michigan, New Beginnings Assembly of God in Grayson Kentucky, Riverside Tabernacle in Flint Michigan and all the other prayers.
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 19, 2019