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Seth, WV - Keith Wayne Hensley, age 83, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Born in Seth, WV on May 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles W and Wilma (Miller) Hensley. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabell "Lee" Hensley. Also preceding him in death, his step-mother, Donna (Sims) Hensley, a brother, James Miller and a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Abner.
After two tours in the Army, the family finally settled in Boone County, where he and Lee both worked for the Boone County Board of Education until retirement. After serving 26 years as a school bus driver, most Friday nights you would find Keith on the sidelines of the Sherman High School football games where he either ran the chains or kept the footballs clean. He was a Tidester through and through, having graduated in 1953 as part of the 25th graduating class.
Keith was a Lifetime Member of the Racine Fire Department, which he helped to found.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, daughter Katherine "Kathy" Akers and husband Thomas of Rocky Mount, NC; sons, Charles "Chuckie" Hensley and wife Mellisa of Lester, WV, and Stephen Hensley and wife Angelique of Peytona, WV; five grandchildren, Nathaniel Akers of Wilmington, NC; Christopher Hensley and wife Heather of Whitesville, WV; Kristen Akers of Rocky Mount, NC; David Hensley and wife Jessica of Beckley, WV; Lana Jo Redden of Lester, WV; and one great grandchild.
Keith also leaves behind two life long best friends and cousins, Jerry S Hensley, Sr and Willis "Budgie" Hensley, who in their earlier years could be found on fishing trips together and later in life at football games. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Racine Fire Department. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11 am at the Racine Fire Department with the Rev. Ricky Peters officiating. A burial will follow at Coon Cemetery in Seth, WV. Armstrong Funeral Home Whitesville is serving the family.
Online condolences can be left at www.armstrongfurneralhomewv.com.
Published on December 28, 2017
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