Ruth (Edwards) Hensley

Died: Mon., May 1, 2017


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., May 04, 2017
Location: Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., May 04, 2017
Location: Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service

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Ruth Edwards Hensley, age 83, of the Pensacola Community, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Mission Memorial Hospital.  Born September 27th, 1933, a native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Florence Hylemon Edwards.  She was also preceded in death by five brothers; seven sisters and a son, Hank Hensley.  Ruth was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  She was the wife of Gudger Hensley for over 65 years.  Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed by each.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters:  Ruby McCurry (Johnny), Rita Hensley and Juanita Geouge (Randy) all of Burnsville; two sons:  Bill Hensley (Joyce) of Burnsville and Roger Hensley (Laurie) of Bakersville; daughters-in-law: Delores Hensley of St. Augustine, FL and Jean Edwards of Burnsville, whom she loved like a daughter; grandchildren:  Shannon Hughes (Dawn) of Asheville, Will Hensley (Jessica) of Burnsville, Velena Geraci (Matt) of Burnsville, Candida Balliet (Andy) of Burnsville, Jason McCurry (Tracy) of Burnsville, Josh Hensley (Rebecca) of Burnsville, Cortnie Hensley (Michael Robinson) of Spruce Pine, Harley Hensley of VA and Daniel Hensley of Asheville and great-grandchildren:  Whitney, Mackenzie, Kylie and Kadence Carpenter, Kingston Robinson, Autumn Hensley, Carson Hensley, Alex, Ashe, Ceileigh Balliet, Emma and Amy McCurry, Lincoln Hughes, Summer, Aaron, Maya, Hannah and Ayla Geraci.

Ruth was a member of Unity Baptist Church for over thirty five years.  She loved her church family as if they were her own.   She enjoyed reading her Bible, sewing, working in her flowers, yard selling and giving and receiving cards from her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services.  Rev. Jr. Honeycutt, Preacher Nathaniel Ayers and Preacher Bobby Silver will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Marietta Adkins Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be her grandson's.   The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers Ruth's request was to make donations to St. Judes Children's Hospital at PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Tonya Ayers
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Doug and I are so very sorry for the loss of Miss Ruth. She was a sweet wonderful person and heaven gained a great soul. We are praying for your family, and we love you all.

Glenda Turner
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
My darling Aunt Ruth left this world this morning. She was the last of my aunts. The only person I could talk to in times of trouble. She was always there for me and my family. Her advice to me was always the right path to take.

Everyone in her life has lost our true matriarch. There was only one Ruth Hensley and I thank God she was my Aunt Ruth. I love all of you and I know your grief runs deep. I'm praying God gives you strength and peace at this sad, sad time.

Pamela L Edwards
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
We are so sorry about Ruth's passing. Our prayers are with you all.

Jim Wilson
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
Uncle Gudger and family, I am so very saddened to hear of Aunt Ruth's passing. She was a very sweet and kind person, who loved her family more than anything else. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you journey thru this very difficult time, the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived a rich, full and rewarding life and leaves behind a legacy of love for us all.

Jim Wilson

Amelia hoilman
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your mother, prayers Amelia hoilman

Kristy Penson
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
Rita and family,

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sending love from Georgia.

Phillip Marshall
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Ruth was such a Sweet and Kind Lady who Loved her Family unconditionally, She will be missed so much, Prayers for the family during this time of such a Great Loss, May GOD wrap you in his Loving arms and mend your Broken Hearts, Heaven has gained another Angel, and One day we will meet again and walk with her on those streets of Gold, All my Love Phillip.

James An Carla Pipes
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
We are so sorry.She was such a wonderful lady,So very Thankful for Gods grace.,very Thankful we can say I'll Meet You In The Morning. We love you all An we are praying for you

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