ANDERSON, INDIANA— Everett Ray Hensley, 71, of Anderson, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born on Jan. 10, 1943, in Arkansas, the son of Loyell and Eunice (Healey) Hensley. He moved to Anderson in 1947, lived most of his life in Anderson, graduating from Anderson High School. He was employed by Delphi/General Motors for 36 years. He was a member of UAW Local 662. He played and coached many ball teams throughout his life. He served as president of the senior softball league in Lake Placid, Fla. He coached the Erskine Little League and Meadowbrook Girls Softball teams for several years, as well as the YMCA Kids Basketball and Star Merchant State Champs Softball team in 1987. He loved fishing and enjoyed baking cookies with his grandchildren, and Elvis.
Survivors include his wife, Diana (Harney) Hensley, whom he married on Dec. 7, 1963; three children, Jerry (wife Kay) Hensley of Greenwood, Sherry (Brent) Clark of Fort Wayne and Gary Hensley of Anderson; six grandchildren: Brittney (Derek) Pratt of Anderson, Bryce Idlewine of Anderson, Jeremy Hensley, Jacob Hensley, Jerrica Hensley, all of Frankton, Aubrey Jackson and great-grandchild, Kaden Pratt; five stepgrandchildren: Brooke, Bethany, Eli, Erica Christy and Brent Johnson, all of Greenwood; brother, Jim (wife Judy) Hensley of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; three sisters-in-law, Dean Hensley of Lake Placid, Fla.; Judy York Hensley of Anderson and Lula Culley of Anderson; special family and friends; Marsha Hensley, Rhonda Stephens, Debbie Stephens and the Foley family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyell and Eunice Hensley; three brothers, Dale Hensley, Bob Hensley, and Carl Hensley and a great-granddaughter, Kennedi Pratt “our little angel”.
Services will be held at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Carroll Cullipher of 38th Street Freewill Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be given to Fresenius, the Dialysis Center at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, 1815 Jackson St., Anderson, IN 46016.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice of St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital for all their nursing care.
Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com and www.theheraldbulletin.com.
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The Lake Placid Men's Senior Slow-Pitch Softball League was started in 1993. The League is open to men ages 60 and older. Our League has players with ages spanning from their early 60's to mid 90's. The League is open to all that want to participate. All skill levels are welcome! If you haven't been a player but would like to learn, or if you've been playing your whole life - there is room for everyone. While the play is important, the bigger focus is the opportunity to get together twice a week and have some fun. Practice starts in November with the teams being formed each year at the end of December. The teams are never the same, so you get a chance to meet and play with everyone in the League.
The games are played at the Lake June Ball Fields in Lake Placid, Florida. Regular League play starts at the beginning of January and games are played Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. through March.
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