Joe L. Hensley, 80, of Etowah went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 11, 2016 at The Lodge at Mills River.
Born in Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Floyd and Clara Hensley. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Steve Hensley, and sister, Jean McCall.
Joe served in the US Army and was employed by Ecusta Paper Mill Company for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of Blantyre Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Betty Hensley; daughter, Traci Hensley Ballenger of Etowah; two grandchildren, Bailey and Wyatt Ballenger of Etowah; sister, Jerri Derouen of Biloxi, MS; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, February 14, 2016 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Dr. John Rhymer and Reverend Ron Nelson will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.