Avery Gene Hensley, 75, Elizabethton, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
A native of Unicoi County, he was a son of the late John and Etta Lee Price Hensley.
Mr. Hensley had lived a number of years in Carter County. He was a retired printer and had formerly worked at the Erwin Record.
Mr. Hensley was a member of the Pleasant Beach Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Kay Hensley; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Berry Hensley; four daughters, Doris Jean White and husband Larry, and Diana Hensley, all of Rogue River, Ore., Denise Davenport, Johnson City, and Dawn Tipton and husband Johnny Reb, Erwin; two step-sons, Larry Canter and Hunter “Bosco” Canter, both of Elizabethton; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a step-grandson, Dustin Lee Canter; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Bailey Canter; and a sister, Edna Dempke and husband Paul, Erwin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services for Mr. Hensley will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 24, in the Buckles Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Biggs officiating. Interment will follow the service. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences to the Hensley family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.