MOUNT HOLLY – Charles Talmage Hensley, 94, of 409 West Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC, went to be with the Lord on Saturday August 23, 2014.
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Charles was born in Old Fort, NC on May 21, 1920 to the late Harry and Arrie Hensley.
One of twelve children, he grew up on the family farm where hard work, love, and Christian values molded him into the man he became. At age 14, he accepted Jesus as his Savior and promised to serve Him the rest of his life which he faithfully did all of his 94 years. At age 18, he joined "Uncle Sam's Navy" and headed to the Far East where he served for 7 years during WWII spending time in the Pacific on the USS Paul Jones, USS Crater, and the USS Langley. While on leave in 1943, he married the love of his life, Madge Wyatt. In 1948, he began a career with Combustion Engineering Company and later moved to Flame Refractories. Because of his career, he moved his family to many different places throughout the Southeastern US as well as South America. They made many lasting friendships and memories along the way.
Mr. Hensley settled his family in Mount Holly in 1958 and became a member of Tuckaseege Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and in numerous other capacities in his church life. He later be-came a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly. He was a charter member of the Mount Holly Optimist Club and a member of the Mount Holly VFW, Masonic Lodge, and the Tri County Blinded Vet-erans Association.
Mr. Hensley's family, church family and friends were first and foremost in his life. He loved them all dearly and took any opportunity to help them whenever or however he could, from cutting down a tree, building an addition to a house or forever the farmer at heart, providing them with fruits and vegetables from his overflowing garden.
Mr. Hensley is survived by his daughter Joan Lanier and her husband Sidney of Gastonia, NC. One sis-ter Helen Thomas of Carvallis, Oregon, two granddaughters Abbey Lanier Mulvaney and husband Frank Lee Mulvaney III of Hudson, Ohio and Paige Lanier of Charlotte, two great grandsons Frank Lee Mul-vany IV and Walker Lanier Mulvaney, two sisters in law Gladys Buchanan of Burnsville, NC and Georgia Price of Marion, NC.
He will be reunited with his late wife Madge Wyatt Hensley, in Heaven.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday August 27, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Hensley will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday August 27, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Mount Holly. With Dr. Robert Winecoff and Dr. Kendell Cameron officiating. Burial will follow at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Childrens Home of North Carolina, PO Box 338 Thomasville, NC 27360 or to the First Baptist Church of Mount Holy Building Fund, 300 South Main Street, Mount Hol-ly NC 28120.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff at the Robin Johnson Hospice House and Terrace Ridge Assisted Living as well as the many friends who gave their love and support during this time.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly is serving the family.
Woodlawn Funeral Home
375 Woodlawn Avenue Mount Holly, NC 28120
Published in Gaston Gazette on Aug. 25, 2014