Mike Hensley

1946-2019 Hensley, Mike website picture

William Michael Hensley was born December 9, 1946 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Eugene Columbus Hensley and Pauline Eunice Palmer. He grew up in Oklahoma City and Del City, eventually graduating from Del City High School in 1965.

While attending school, Mike earned a reputation as an outstanding athlete, eventually earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to play in their minor league system. While playing for the Cardinals he was inducted into the Del City High School Hall of Fame. He played with the Cardinals until departing for other adventures. Nevertheless, he always remained a Cardinals fan, so much that the family referred to the team as “Mike’s Cardinals.” Always a fan of the red and white, he was also a staunch supporter of OU Football.

In May of 1972 he married Janis Keenan and together they had one son, Jason Hensley.

Mike worked at Locke Plumbing for over 20 years as a plumbing manager and in contract sales. But for all his jobs and adventures, his greatest passion was Christian ministry. Whether serving a church, working as a traveling evangelist, playing or refereeing on a sports field, or serving customers in the store, Mike saw himself above all as a minister of the gospel, and as such touched many lives.

He was proceeded in death by his father, mother, and his partner, Sandy Austin.

He is survived by one son, Jason Hensley and wife, Christa Uhland, of Oklahoma City, one grandson, Kaysn Hensley, two step grandsons Jake Uhland and Cruz Uhland, two step granddaughters Lauren Uhland and Olivia Uhland, a son of the heart, Colin Berry and his wife Valerie, daughter Audrey and a daughter of the heart, Kim Knight and her husband Billy and daughters Parker and Lilly.

He is also survived by his brother, Pat Hensley and his wife, Felecia, of Anadarko, a niece, Elizabeth Sughrue and her husband, Patrick, of Edmond, and a nephew, Alex Hensley, of Oklahoma City.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rhema Word Partners. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Hope Church, 3100 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK.

Comments

  1. I am unable to describe the loss of my cousin Mike. Being 12 years older than Mike I was able to hold him soon after birth and I have held him in my heart ever since. Although we had the 12 year age difference we had lots of enjoyable times together and I have too memories of those times to mention. Mike was loved by all and it seems everyone knew him. While my husband was working for the City of Henderson, NV, he was in charge of the playing fields for softball tournaments and he noticed a team playing for Moore, OK. He went over to their dugout and asked if anyone knew Mike Hensley. The loud cry was “Everyone knows Mike.” His love for his family and his faith in our Lord was limitless.

  2. I met Mike at a school dance when I was in 7th grade. We went to school together for 4 years. We spent many hours at Springlake swimming pool with his friends and mine. He moved to Del City and I moved to Moore. We lost touch until I met my future husband and he was a friend of Mike’s from Del City. It’s a small world and Mike was known by almost everyone. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Deepest sympathy to the Jason and the family. I personally have many GREAT memories with Mike and the Oklahoma softball Family. Thru the 90’s and early 2000, Spent a lot of weekends with Mike and his Crew from Oklahoma. We TRAVELED THRU Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisana, New Mexico, Kansas, and Florida, we shared the passion of USSSA softball. Always a bear of a man in size and if you earned his respect. he always had your back!! Held his self and other accountable for what they did, and how the acted! Mike lead by example!!.
    We didn;t always agree, off the field, about Softball, but always respected Mike’s opinion, because it came from his Passion for the Game.
    Another Legend has gone on to be a part of that BIG GAME in Heaven, God Speed my Friend!
    Arkansas USSSA
    Billy Lee, Billy D, Larry Whitehorn, Brian Choate, Chuck Yarbrough, Jimmy Luper, James Morrow, Seven, and Countless, ballplayers, that witnessed your LOVE OF THE GAME

  4. Mike was one of the first people to welcome me to Del City High School.
    No doubt about it he was stud all the way.
    Impressive high school athlete throughout his years there and long after his high school years Mike continued to support Del City athletics.
    Best to you buddy…

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