NASCAR has lost yet another beloved member of the community.
There’s never any way of telling how long someone truly has on Earth. And we get so used to them being here that we don’t even think to imagine life without them.
Recently, a NASCAR legend was found lifeless. Bill Hensley has a racing career spanning more than 30 years, and was one of the original pioneers of the sport.
Not many young people know who he was, but he’s one of the reasons NASCAR was even made possible. Last week, he passed away at age 83.
The obituary goes into beautiful detail as to how great of a life Hensley really lived.
“William L. “Billy” Hensley, 83, of Ridgeway, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Memorial Hospital. He was born November 30, 1933, to the late William T. Hensley, Jr. and Pauline Joyce Hensley. He attended Spencer Penn School and was of the Christian faith. He was a mechanic and race car driver. He worked at J. E. Hensley’s sawmill, Howard Doyle’s garage, Henry County School Bus Garage and retired while working at Hensley’s Garage on J. S. Holland Road. He drove race cars for more than 30 years, mostly in the NASCAR Modified division where he won over 200 races. He retired from racing in 1980. Surviving are his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Hodge Hensley, of the home, to whom he was married for 62 years; four daughters, Debbie Hensley Bennett (Steve) of Tobaccoville , NC, Terri L. Hensley of Martinsville, Sheri H. Mechum of Martinsville and Gerri H. Hayzlett (Roger) of Ridgeway. Billy loved his family with all his heart.”
He was loved dearly by so many, and he will be dearly missed. I’m so thankful for men like this who have made it all possible, and we definitely won’t ever forget him.
We’re praying for comfort for his family and friends. Rest in peace, Bill.