Rev. Winfred C. "Dash" Hensley, Jr., age 94, of Asheville, NC, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his home. He was born on April 1, 1926 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Winfred C. Hensley, Sr. and Nettie I. Foster Hensley. Along with his parents, Winfred was also preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Slagle; two brothers, Wayne and Roger Hensley; and three sisters, Thelma Parsons, Frances Kelly and Evelyn Smithwick. He was a United States Navy Veteran who served during WWII and in the First Wave of the Normandy Invasion. Winfred also worked for and retired from the Air Weather Service for the Federal Government. He was of the Baptist Faith and was an ordained minister. He was a long time member of Grassy Branch Baptist Church in Asheville and he was a Pastor at Bee Tree Missionary Baptist Church. He loved his church and church family very much. Winfred was a member of the D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans) for over 40 years, a longtime member of the Masonic Order and he also loved helping others. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and so many other special organizations. He touched so many lives all throughout his life.
Winfred is survived by his wife, Helen B. Hensly; son, Rick L. Hensley (Cindy) of Elbert, CO; his daughters, Joan H. Tolley (Sam) of Black Mountain and Kimberly L. Hensley of Asheville; brothers, Donald Hensley (Ann) of Fletcher, Jack Hensley (Marj) of Candler, and Kenneth Hensley (Sherry) of Asheville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Karen Hensley, Sandy Hensley and her daughter, Nancy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans) at DAV 14, P.O. Box 2425, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
A private family burial is planned. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Hensley Family and assisting them with arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family at www.PenlandFamilyFuneralHome.com
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Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.)
P.O. Box 2425, Hendersonville NC 28793