BENTON -- James Thomas Hensley, 89, died May 25, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born May 1, 1923, in Benton, to the late Thomas Marshall and Eva Mae Davidson Hensley, he James was a Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force 10 years, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He was an operating engineer with Shell Refinery 13 years, and utilities operating engineer at SIU-Edwardsville for 22 years. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Benton and American Legion Post 114 in Sikeston.
On Nov. 5, 1949, in Hartford, Ill., he married Hazel Vera Riley, and she preceded him in death Sept. 13, 1996.
He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bud England; two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include: a son, Gordon Hensley of Benton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda England of Las Vegas and Marsha and Bill Stowell of Grandview; a brother, Tony Hensley of Benton; a sister, Rebecca Moore of Benton; and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Unity Baptist Church where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Dennis Lowe officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in Unity Baptist Cemetery.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton is in charge of arrangements.