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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Jackie Douglas ‘Jack’ Hensley

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  • Jackie Douglas “Jack” Hensley, age 85, of Ar­dmore, passed away on April 27, 2014. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Rose Hill Ceme­tery with Pastor Raymond Hensley officiating.
     
    Jack was born on May 12, 1928, to Leonard Na­than Hensley and Bessie Bell (Burris) Hensley at Ardmore. He attended Saint Mary’s Catholic School, and Lincoln, Washington and Frank­lin Elementary schools in Ardmore and gradu­ated from Ardmore High School in 1948. Jack was a Golden Gloves boxer dur­ing his high school years. While still in school, he worked for Bill Hensley as a painter and for Tom Cooper Dairy as an ice cream delivery person. He served in the Army National Guard in the 45th-179th Infantry Divi­sions prior to being called up for regular Army duty in 1950. Before leav­ing for boot camp, Jack married Miss Lou An­tha Guess on Oct. 22, 1950, at Ardmore. Jack attended basic training at Ft. Polk in Louisiana and received hospital ad­ministration training at Brooks General Hospital at San Antonio. He was sent to Camp Stoneman in California and worked as a ward master. Jack went to Japan aboard the USS Gordan and was sent to Korea where he served in a 4009 MASH (Mo­bile Army Surgical Hos­pital) Unit as a Sergeant First Class. He received a Purple Heart medal when he was shot in the arm and hands with phos­phorus while getting the wounded off of the front line at T-Bone Hill (about 250 miles northeast of Seoul at Tochani). Jack was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952 at Ft. Sill, Lawton, Okla. Af­ter his service, he worked for local automobile deal­ers as their parts manager and also worked for Mer­cy Hospital Ardmore as an ambulance driver. In 1962, Jack began working for American National Insurance Agency as an insurance salesman and remained with that com­pany until his retirement in 1982. In 1987, he served on the committee to re­draft the Chickasaw Na­tion Constitution and was a member of the S.O.I.A. (Southern Oklahoma In­dian Association). Jack was a charter member of the Ardmore C.B. Club and also a member of the local D.A.V. and D.F.W. organizations.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Bessie Hensley; and son, Jackie Leonard “Butch” Hensley on Feb. 8, 1953.
     
    Jack is survived by two sons, Robert Douglas Hensley of Ardmore, and Michael David Hensley, Fort Worth, Texas; and brother, Kenneth Hensley of Ardmore.
     
    Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-Hill­crestFH.com.
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