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.