Notra Vercie (McGhee) Hensley was born the daughter of A.L. McGhee and Jessie (Rogers) McGhee on July 14, 1924, in Myrtle, Missouri. She departed this life October 3, 2014, and moved to her Heavenly home to be with her husband, Ben and three sons, Howard, Denzel and Gary.
She was united in marriage July 21, 1940, in Randolph County, Arkansas to Ben Hensley, who preceded her in death on August 6, 1984.
She is survived by two sons, Donald Hensley and wife, Fairy of West Plains, Missouri, and Russell Hensley and wife, Kathryn of Couch, Missouri; one daughter, Bonnie Williams and husband, Charles of West Plains, Missouri; four daughters-in-law, Jean Ann Hensley of Rogersville, Missouri, Kay Hensley of Koshkonong, Missouri, Teralyn Hensley of Alton, Missouri, and Charlene Williams of West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and one unborn great-great grandchild; three sisters, Delphia Lyle of Kansas City, Missouri, Margie Gall and husband, Virgil of the state of Washington, and Bernice Payne and husband, Albert of Alton, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, A.L. and Jessie McGhee; her husband, Ben Hensley: three sons, Howard, Denzel, and Gary Hensley; one granddaughter, April Hensley; one brother, Hanford McGhee; and two sisters, Lillie and Betty Jo McGhee.
Notra was a devoted homemaker, an excellent seamstress, and a wonderful cook. She was especially known by her family and friends for her delicious chicken and dumplings and apple butter.
She was a Christian lady and a lifetime member of the Cotton Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
Notra will be remembered by family and friends for her sweet gentle spirit and loving compassion. She was an inspiration to all by the life she lived with her unconditional love, strong Christian faith, and great determination, even in the midst of many burdens and trials of life.
Notra was dearly loved by her family, church family, caregivers, and her family at Shepherd’s View.
She will be greatly missed beyond words, but never forgotten.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hensley will be Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Russell Hensley officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 PM until service time.
Burial will be in the Cotton Creek Cemetery near Couch, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory, to Cotton Creek Cemetery and may be left at the funeral home.