Thursday, June 07, 2007

Celebrating My Dad's Life

Charles Hensley
Charles Hensley, 58, of Pittsburg, KS died unexpectedly June 5, 2007 at his home.
Charles was born January 22, 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma the son of William P. and Alice Tamage Hensley. He came to Pittsburg in 1971. Charles attended area schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was a graduate of Tulsa Central in 1967. He attended Trinity Bible College and was a graduate from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor Degree in English Literature in 1999.
December 23, 1972, he married Sheila Johnston at the Methodist Church in McCune, KS. Charles worked as a minister most of his life and was one of the founding members of the Open Door Fellowship Center. Early in their married life, Charles and Sheila owned and operated Hosanna House Bookstore in Pittsburg, KS. Most recently he has served as a substitute teacher for the USD 250 school district.
Charles was a board member of Birthright, Inc. for 25 years, founding member of the 60 Plus fellowship group, and offered pastoral care at Mt. Carmel Hospital and throughout SE Kansas. He was known as a poet, puppeteer, a scholar, a student of theology, and was loved by children.
Living family members include his wife, Sheila of the home; mother Alice Hensley of Claremore, OK; daughter Dr. Shannon E. Hensley and husband Dennis Crouch of Columbia, MO; twin sons Caleb Thomas Hensley and wife Tara of Vancouver, BC and Nathan Stewart Hensley and wife Diana of Statesboro, GA; brother Robert Hensley and wife Elaine of Claremore, OK; and one granddaughter, Robin Hensley Crouch of Columbia, MO.
He was preceded in death by his father, William P. Hensley and his brother Thomas Hensley.
Funeral Services will be 10am Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Countryside Christian Church with Reverends Kent Morgan, Jim Sukraw, and Don Talent officiating. Burial will follow at the McCune City Cemetery in McCune, KS. Family will receive friends from 7-8pm Friday, June 8, 2007 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, KS; friends may call after 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions towards Birthright, Inc. of Pittsburg, KS; friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway in Pittsburg, KS. E-mail condolences may be left at


Dave said...

Dear Hensley Family ~

Mr. Hensley must have been an incredible man as he raised such an outstanding person as Caleb. Our prayers are with you during this heartbreaking time. May His peace and comfort surround you all as you come together as a family through this time of grief.

With love ~ The Saugen Family (Dave, Christie and Serenity)

gleisson77 said...


My condolences to you and your family.


Sandi said...

I lost my mother this year so I know the pain of your loss. My sincere condolences go with you and your family. You & Charles must be wonderful people. I do not know all your children, but I do know Nate and I am so blessed to be a part of his and Diana's lives. Nate has such a wonderful sense of humor and is so much a gentleman. He is a pleasure to be around. It is obvious that his parents have instilled wonderful qualities in him. May God comfort, support, and give you peace during this very difficult time.