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April 16, 2014

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Florence Elizabeth Hensley

Published: 01/11/2013

Florence Elizabeth Hensley

Died: Jan. 10, 2013

Florence Elizabeth (Rupert) Hensley, 88, of Greeneville, went to her Heavenly home Saturday.

Mrs. Hensley retired from Fulflex, the former George C. Moore Co., in 1993.

She was a faithfully devoted member of Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, where she said she "went to church since my Daddy carried me."

Mrs. Hensley loved gardening and canning her produce. She enjoyed baking and was well known for her apple dumplings, red velvet cake, and angel food cake.

She was also an accomplished seamstress and quilter.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: the Rev. Danny Charles and Karen Hensley of Morristown and Joe Allen and Teresa Hensley of Greeneville; her grandchildren: Hannah Sheard and husband, Paul, of Huntsville, Ala., Hiliary Bowman and husband, Jason, of Afton, Nathan Hensley and wife, Jennifer, of Kingsport, Erin Rachel Hensley of Greeneville, and Sarah Mehta and husband, Hitesh, of Tanzania, East Africa; seven great-grandchildren: Taylor and Sophie Bowman of Afton, Kaleia, Jayden, and Malia Sheard, all of Huntsville, and Nolan and Lydia Hensley of Kingsport; two sisters: Easter Collins and Bernice Ramsey; special friends: the Rev. Homer and Doshia Roller; several nieces and nephews; er neighbors, who were all special to her; and her wonderful, protective and loving dog, Foxy.

She was the daughter of the late Lonnie Lee and Gussie Yearwood Rupert and was preceded in death by her husband: James "Charlie" Hensley; a brother: Henry Rupert; four sisters: Annie Ottinger, Margaret Rupert, Sibyl Renner and Naomi "Omie" Ramsey; and her special little dog: Ewok.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral

Home with a celebration of life following at 7 p.m. in the chapel. Pastor Jeff Neikirk will officiate. The Rev. Tommy Collins, a nephew, will sing.

A committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Meadow Creek Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church one hour prior to the committal.

Pallbearers will be Ken Thompson, Charles "Mo" Mitchell, Brian Stewart, Tim Seaton, Ken Horton, Paul Sheard, Nathan Hensley, Jason Bowman, and Mike Serra.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hitesh Mehta, Ray Neas, Jerry Fillers, Sammy Saulsbury, Dave Kross, Darwin Waddell, Mike Ottinger, Ross Hensley, Dale Hensley, Brent Neas, and all of her nephews.

The family expressed gratitude to Smoky Mountain Health and Hospice Care, Dr. Linas Adams, Dr. Thomas Beckner, Dr. James Rodgers, Pastor Jeff and Carey Neikirk, the Rev. Scott Gorrell, Pastors Gerald Rudd, Dale Gruver, and Stephen Aiken, the Rev. Tom Ballard, the Rev. Trevor Roberts, and the congregations of First Church of God in Greeneville and Panther Springs United Methodist Church in Morristown. Special appreciation is expressed to her hairdresser, Inga Horton.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church, 4850 W. Allens Bridge Road, Greeneville, TN 37743 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be sent to the Hensley family at

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