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Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home & Memorial Park

601 State Hwy 198 @ Walnut, Mabank, TX

OBITUARY

Rev. Kenneth Clay Hensley

July 13, 1929January 18, 2020
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Kenneth Clay Hensley was born to parents Christopher and Annie (Saylor) Hensley on July 13, 1929 in Connersville, Indiana and entered in to rest on January 18, 2020 in Mabank, TX. Kenneth attended Connersville High school and was part of the graduating class of 1948, it was soon after that he was called to seminary and in 1951 he graduated Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. After graduation he then married the love of his life Dorothy Bell on June 2, 1951 in Athens, TX. He had a beautiful voice and loved singing, at one time he thought about becoming a singer and professional dancer. However, he knew his heart was going to belong to the church. He loved his children and wife deeply. Kenneth never met a stranger, and lived what he preached. He would give what he could to the people of his church and community. Kenneth enjoyed fishing with his children and watching the Dallas Cowboys, but only when Tom Landry was coaching. Kenneth was a volunteer firefighter, part of the housing authority and he helped with the community Thanksgiving services every year. He was the minister of Central Baptist Church for 48 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Anita Hensley and ten brothers and sisters.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Dorothy, daughter Karen Hensley of Mabank, TX, son Kenneth Brent Hensley of Mabank, TX, son Chris Hensley and wife Stacy of Martins Mill, TX, son Kevin Hensley of Gun Barrel City, TX, grandchildren Kimberly McCollom and husband Reece of Sanger, TX, Clay Busby of Texarkana, TX, Nicole Hawes and husband Michael of Martins Mill, TX, Daniel Routt and wife Carrie of Lindale, TX, Amy Diggs and husband Jon of Talty, TX, Brianna Gonzales and husband Anthony of Peoria AZ, Aaron Hensley and wife Lynn of Las Vegas, NV, Rachel Elliott and husband Brandon of Haslet, TX, Rebecca Witherspoon of Martins Mill, TX, Sara Hensley of Chicago, IL, Hope Hensley of Russellville, AR, sister Yvonna Hayes of Bloomington IN, 24 great grandchildren and many more family members and life long friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Christopher and Annie Hensley, Parents (deceased)
  • Anita Hensley, Daughter (deceased)
  • Dorothy Bell, Loving Wife
  • Karen Hensley, Daughter
  • Kenneth Brent Hensley, Son
  • Chris Hensley (Stacy), Son and Wife
  • Kevin Hensley, Son
  • Yvonna Hayes, Sister
  • Kenneth was also preceded in death by his ten brothers and sisters. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kimberly McCollom and husband Reece of Sanger, TX, Clay Busby of Texarkana, TX and Nicole Hawes and husband Michael of Martins Mill, TX, Daniel Routt and wife Carrie of Lindale, TX, Amy Diggs and husband Jon of Talty, TX, Brianna Gonzales and husband Anthony of Peoria, AZ, Aaron Hensley and wife Lynn of Las Vegas, NV, Rachel Elliott and husband Brandon of Haslet, TX, Rebecca Witherspoon of Martin Mill, TX, Sara Hensley of Chicago, IL, Hope Hensley of Russelville, AR, 24 great grandchildren and many more family members and life long friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brent Hensley, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Hensley, Pallbearer
  • Chris Hensley, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Routt, Pallbearer
  • Clay Busby, Pallbearer
  • Aaron Hensley, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 24, 2020

Memories

Rev. Kenneth Clay Hensley

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James Johnson

January 24, 2020

I didn't get the chance to sit and listen to Brother Hensley preach. I would come in every Sunday Morning and see both of the Hensley's sitting and drinking coffee and talking about the week and the weather. Brother Hensley would talk about his times growing up in Indiana and then coming to Texas to preach in a small church in Mabank,TX. The short Time that I had with Brother Hensley is going to stay with me forever.

Julia Brinkley

January 23, 2020

I did not know Brother Hensley but I think from reading some of the posts that people have left that he was a man of God, a wonderful dad and a precious man that God made to tell people about Jesus. Sorry for your loss Brother Chris and Stacy.



Wynelda Willard

January 23, 2020

Tom & I were so saddened when we found out Saturday that Brother Hensley had passed. I immediately let Jenifer & Jaime know because they loved him too. He has been such a big part of our families lives and helped us all to grow in Christ through the years. We are honored to have had him as our Pastor and good friend. He and Dorothy have both shown us by their lives of obedience & service to the Lord what being a Christian looks like. They have shown us the love, peace and joy Christ can give us when we follow Him. My mind is flooded with so many good memories of him and the memories God gives us I pray will bring comfort to Dorothy and his family now. Brother Hensley has led & taught us well as he lovingly cared for his flock and now it is his time to rest in the arms of Jesus. It was a blessing to have had him in our life and our prayers are with his family. Tom & I love you all.

Layne Gordon

January 22, 2020

I remember about 9years old running to the alter and Brother Hensley led me in a prayer and I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart to be my Savior and in the middle of this my Dad Jim Gordon accepted Jesus as well and we where both baptized that night. Also I remember the first time I opened my eyes while he was praying and scared me I thought he caught me looking I did not know about the glass eye. Mabank has witnessed many years of Brother Hensley walking from home to Church or going to check on one of the church members or just being an awesome witness, I know he is probably dancing now, I want to thank his family for sharing Him with our community these many years. Love you all, Layne

Jenifer Hogan

January 22, 2020

Brother Hensley was always a kind, gentle and Godly man. He baptized me as a child and officiated my wedding. I have always respected and admired him. I pray that his family can find some peace in knowing that he is in Heaven.

Cathy (Beard) Garber

January 22, 2020

To my Texas family,

I was sorry to hear of Uncle Kenneth’s passing, but understand he is in a better place and undoubtedly been told, “job well done”. Although, we are far apart in miles, my love for family has always been present. The distance in miles prevented us from visiting frequently over the years, but I have fond memories of time together in Texas visiting as a child and when your family would come visit us in Indiana. Usually, these were times for family reunions in Glenwood and Connersville. What I remember most is how easy and quickly it was to come together as cousins again and play and talk. It seemed we did not miss a beat, even though sometimes a year or more had past. Mom, (Uyvonna), has shared some wonderful stories about herself and Kenneth together when they were youngsters. She likes to talk about the fun times they had together. She especially enjoyed the times they would go dancing. These memories always bring a big smile to her face as she talks about what a great dancer he was. She has many wonderful memories of her brother Kenneth and his family. I wanted you all to know I am sending my love and prayers your way and hoping your many family memories of time spent together bring you comfort during this difficult time. With much love, Cathy

Cathy (Beard) Garber

January 22, 2020

To my Texas family,
I was sorry to hear of Uncle Kenneth’s passing, but understand he is in a better place and undoubtedly been told, “job well done”. Although, we are far apart in miles, my love for family has always been present. The distance in miles prevented us from visiting frequently over the years, but I have fond memories of time together in Texas visiting as a child and when your family would come visit us in Indiana. Usually, these were times for family reunions in Glenwood and Connersville. What I remember most is how easy and quickly it was to come together as cousins again and play and talk. It seemed we did not miss a beat, even though sometimes a year or more had past. Mom, (Uyvonna), has shared some wonderful stories about herself and Kenneth together when they were youngsters. She likes to talk about the fun times they had together. She especially enjoyed the times they would go dancing. These memories always bring a big smile to her face as she talks about what a great dancer he was. She has many wonderful memories of her brother Kenneth and his family. I wanted you all to know I am sending my love and prayers your way and hoping your many family memories of time spent together bring you comfort during this difficult time. With much love, Cathy

Paula Smith

January 22, 2020

In 1976 Pastor Hensley baptized me at Central Baptist Church. I don't think he ever forgot me cause every time I saw him, he knew my name. He was a great pastor and a great shepherd to his congregation. He will be missed but I am sure there are stars in his crown in heaven for all the people he touched for the Lord on this earth. We will be praying for the family for comfort until they see him again at his eternal home in heaven.

Steve Glosup

January 21, 2020

Dear Sister Hensley and family,
My heart sank when I heard that one of my friends and mentors had gone home to be with Jesus. We know that for Bro. Hensley it is far better; but for those he left behind, it is with sad hearts and prayers that we remember such a wonderful man.
Mabank is saying goodbye to one of its great men: a minister of the Gospel that touched generations of families over the 48 years that he pastored and stood as an example to those that knew him. I had the great honor to serve as his associate for five of those years. I have wonderful memories of serving the lake area and Mabank alongside Bro. Hensley. His precious wife, kids, and grandkids were and still are special people in my life.
My only regret is that Barbara and I are on a cruise ship that will not return until after the service is over. So, to Sister Hensley and all the family we send our heartfelt love, prayers, and a very big hug to you. We will join you in spirit on Friday morning as you hand Bro. Hensley back to his Lord and Savior.
Because of God’s love and gift and our faith in his son, Jesus, we look forward to seeing Bro. Hensley again in glory when we will spend eternity together. Until then I would encourage all that knew Bro. Hensley to not stray far from his footsteps because I believe they lead straight to the throne of God.
Bro. Steve and Barbara Glosup

David Bibel

January 21, 2020

I had the joy of singing Sweet Beulah Land with brother Hensley during his final days on this side of heaven. The blessing of being with him and his family were sweet indeed. I am praying for his beautiful wife and family as they walk through this loss as the saying from Kelly’s Treehouse goes, “the hardest part of healing after you’ve lost someone you love, is to recover the “you” that went away with “them.” I know Jesus’ love is greater and He will provide all you need. I’m praying for y’all. Chaplain Dave, Bristol Hospice.

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