The city of Alton and Oregon County lost a good friend and worker Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Gary Wayne Hensley, 58, of Alton, died of a heart attack at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.
Hensley was born Dec. 18, 1950, in Thayer and has served as the Oregon County Clerk since 1995. Before he was elected to that position, he served the county in other ways including as county assessor.
"He was a good person. Probably as honest as any person I've ever known," Oregon County Commissioner Leo Warren said. "He was a good Christian person and a good community service person."
Hensley took on several projects in Oregon County, including the founding of the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop. Hensley was president of the Board of Directors at the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop and went out of his way to help the workshop whenever he could.
"He did a lot of work for the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop," Dennis Foulks, manager of OCSW, said. Hensley and his wife, Teralyn, started working on establishing the workshop for the county in 1987.
"He was a great asset to it," Foulks said.
Hensley's family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop.
Hensley also owned Hensley Auction Service. He was an auctioneer for many years.
Visitation was Nov. 6 at the Clary Funeral Home in Alton. Services for Hensley were held Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., at the Alton High School with Bro. Darrell Strain and Bro. Russell Hensley officiating. Hensley was laid to rest in the Cotton Creek Cemetery.
Until Gov. Jay Nixon appoints a new county clerk, county Deputy Clerks Tracy Bridges and Lauren McEntire will take on Hensley's duties. Residents will have a chance to vote for a new county clerk in April 2010.