William Michael Hensley
William Michael Hensley, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on May 7, 2020, at age 63.
Mike (aka Dad and Poppy) was a native of Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated from Crown Point High School, IN, and Indiana University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Management. He was a Boy Scout and member of Lion’s Club. Mike was known for his tremendous memory, humor, and unwavering courage. He had a passion for cooking, the outdoors, cars, and music.
In 2000, Mike was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his accomplishments and outstanding service to community and state. That same year, he was named a Kentucky Admiral for his guardianship of natural resources and the environment in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mike’s long career in restaurant management included 23 years with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, where he received countless awards for his management abilities, employee retention, and employee training. He then worked an additional 2.5 years as a President’s Club Senior Sales Consultant with Carmax. Mike was highly respected and liked by employees, co-workers, and customers alike. Many knew him as a mentor who exemplified honesty, hard work, and the impact of showing respect and kindness to everyone.
The most important thing in Mike’s life was his family. He married his college sweetheart and together they raised three incredible children, lived in 7 states, spoiled their pets, and made each other laugh. Mike was deeply proud of his children. As a father, he taught by example dedication to family and the value of self-sacrifice. His precious grandchildren brought him endless joy.
Mike will be forever remembered by his beloved: wife of 41 years, Joanne (nee Williamson); children, Wm. Gregory (Amanda), Sara (Philip) Pendleton, and Matthew; two grandchildren; parents, William and Rosaline (nee Combs); sister, Lisa (nee Hensley) Gregoire; nieces, Chelsea (Shandi) Gregoire and Lindsay Gregoire; and numerous extended family.
To share a remembrance of Mike please visit his Guest Book at legacy.com. A celebration of Mike’s life and private graveside service to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations in honor of Mike may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at https://fredhutch.org.