Stephen Lanier Hensley, 83, of Spiro died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Stephen was born on Oct. 20, 1930, in Brevard, N. C., to Floyd and Clara (Ducker) Hensley.
Stephen was a member of Victory Worship Center in Spiro and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. He retired from the U.S. Navy, serving his country for 20 years in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Stephen retired as sheriffâ€™s deputy and undersheriff for LeFlore County. He also was head of security at Blue Ribbon Downs.Â He loved his church family and enjoyed gardening, yard work and fishing.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents and one sister,; Jean McCall.Â
Stephen is survived by his wife, Loretta of the home; threeÂ sons, Daniel Hensley and wife Debbie of Medford, Wis., Phillip Hensley and wife Teresa of Horse Shoe, N.C., Sid Hensley and wife Cheryl of Everett, Wash.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Jerri Derouen of Biloxi, Miss.; brother, Joe Hensley and wife Betty of Etowah, N.C.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Victory Worship Center of Spiro with the Revs. Bryan Fouts and Michael Monroe officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery of Spiro. Pallbearers will be Don Sebo, Justin Sebo, Clint Craft, Gerald Fouts, Mike Walker and Phillip Evans. Honorary Pallbearers will be Milton Miller, Bob Ikenberry and Tracy Chadwick.
Family will visit with friends at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Condolences can be made to the family on Stephenâ€™s online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.
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