In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the El Dorado Springs First Baptist Church and left at the funeral home.
William Bureldine Hensley, age 86, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away on June 6, 2012, at Community Springs Healthcare. He was born on July 13, 1925 in Collins, MO, to Rev. Austin and Francis Beaulah Hensley. He was raised on a farm southeast of Collins for 24 years. He accepted the Lord at an early age.
In 1950 he was married to Lola Irene Hickman of Shell City, MO, who has been his charming wife for 61 years. To this union three sons were born: Marvin Neil, Wayne Allen, and Roger Lynn.
William was drafted in the U.S. Army on April 18, 1951, and served two years at Fort Hood, Texas, in the medical unit as a company medic aid man until being discharged on April 18, 1953. He went to work for M.F.A Producers Creamery Company on May1, 1953. He retired after 34 years as a cottage cheese maker for Mid America Creamery Company. His pride and joy was his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and gardening.
William was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Austin and Beaulah Hensley of Collins, MO; one brother, Alvin Hensley of Collins, MO; and one sister, Mildred Spoor of Kansas City, MO.
He is survived by his sons: Marvin Hensley and wife Vickie of Monett, MO; Wayne Hensley and wife Jackie of El Dorado Springs, MO; and Roger and wife Angie of El Dorado Springs, MO; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale Hensley of Arizona; his twin sister, Geraldine Lock of Humansville, MO; his sister, Rosa Lee Routh of Lee’s Summit, MO; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.
Funeral services for William Hensley were held on Friday, June 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland- Hackleman Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Music was provided by Rusty Carver and Rita Farris. Burial followed in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Marvin Hensley, Roger Hensley, Wayne Hensley, Jeff Owens, Chris Leeper, and Blake Hensley. Honorary pallbearers were Jay Harris, Harold Mattingly, Mert Fogler, Rusty Norval, and O. J. Hawkins.