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Obituary for Robert Hensley

Robert  Hensley
Robert H. Hensley passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his home in Arlington. He was born on April 24, 1936 in Port Arthur, Texas and was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Robert was the son of John Coleman Hensley, a pharmacist and Opal Lulu Brown, a high school teacher both of whom were dedicated Christians. Robert attended Louisiana College and Baylor University on athletic scholarship, and received a Bachelors Degree from Dallas Baptist University.  At 21, he hitch-hiked to Hollywood and worked as an actor on Westerns such as Gunsmoke and Wagon Train. By day two in L.A. he landed a recording contract with RKO Unique Records. His first song, Little Neva, made the American Billboard Charts, and of his 18 records Look for a Star reached #1 in London, England.  His career then took him to Rome, where he first starred in the spaghetti-western Pronto, Amigo! Back in the U.S., Bob returned to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, where he had been a member.  Deeply impacted by Pastor Barry Wood who he described as “a ‘man’s man’ loving Jesus,”   Bob was led to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  This one moment would redefine the rest of his life.  After 15 years of “Hollywood living,” he surrendered to the call of ministry that his mom had prayed for.  From street-witnessing to Hollywood’s hippy runaways, he followed the call to Grand Prairie, TX, birthing True Vine Ministries where over 3,000 received the Lord Jesus Christ. In January 1973, Robert reconnected with an old friend, Pamela Beaird, whom he knew from the Hollywood Christian Group.  8 months later, Bob and Pam were married.  He would frequently joke “I stole Mary Ellen Rogers from Wally Cleaver,” as Pam was known best for her classic role in Leave it to Beaver.  Over the years, God blessed them with five wonderful children: Robert Henry II, John David, Stephen Paul, Daniel Jonathan, Elizabeth Katherine.  The family traveled nationwide for 12 years planting churches, teaching the Bible, and singing the Gospel. Bob and Pam were married 43 years and have six grandchildren: Alexandra, Victoria, Christian, Emory, Isaac and Danielle, with one on the way in August, Joshua.   They were members of Restoration Church in Euless with their beloved Pastor Dr. Doug White for 5 years. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 27, 2016 at the Boze-Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Graveside service and interment is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville.
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