Edward Thomas “Tommy” Hensley

March 12, 2019

Mr. Edward Thomas “Tommy” Hensley, age 74 of Sparta, passed away Monday morning March 11, 2019 at his residence.

Tommy was born January 31, 1945 in White County to the late Zollie Ray Hensley and Jewel Terry Hensley.  He retired from Federal Mogul in Smithville after 32 years of service.  Tommy was well known statewide for pitching horseshoes, he was a longtime member of the Tennessee Horseshoe Pitching Association and accumulated several state championships. Tommy served his country in the United States Navy. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by grandsons Keilin Thomas Hensley and Carson Neil Hensley; siblings Charles Hensley, Johnny Hensley, Henry Hensley, Cap Hensley, Zollie Ray Hensley, Jr., Lizzie Hensley Martin and Barbara Ruth Hensley Griffin.

Survivors include is wife of 51 years Peggy Bain Hensley of Sparta

Sons: Marty (Tamara) Hensley of Rock Island, Edward (Farrah) Hensley of Sparta

Special son: Anthony (T.O.) Officer of Sparta

Grandchildren: Johnna (Bobby) Hensley, Jenna (David) Hindenberger, CJ Hensley all of Sparta, Peyton Hensley of Rock Island, Haley (Shawn) Hensley of Lebanon, Elijah Hensley of Rock Island, Rami Hensley and Charlie Hensley both of Sparta

Three great-grandchildren

Siblings: Carolyn Young of Cookeville, Gaines (Vicki) Hensley of Florida, David (Donna) Hensley of Crossville, Jerry (Roxanne) Hensley of Sparta, Danny Hensley of Smithville

Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00pm Thursday, March 14, 2019 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial with military honors presented by the Veterans’ Honor Guard will follow in Highland Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. Marty Hensley will officiate.

CJ Hensley, Elijah Hensley, Richard Taylor, Kenneth Young, Randy Jones and Stacy Hensley will serve as pallbearers.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta