Services to be held Sat. for fallen miner

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 16, 2014

Service arrangements are set for Sat., May 17 for Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville who, along with Eric Legg, was killed during a fatal mining accident at Patriot Coal’s Brody No. 1 Mine in Wharton around 8:47 p.m. on Mon. evening after an apparent coal burst.

“My father was a great man,” Hensley’s son, Caleb said. “He was always very positive and had a happy outlook on life. He taught me to be strong and keep my chin up, even when facing tough situations. He always said, ‘Do the best you can with what you have.’”

Hensley had only worked a few years underground.

“Dad was self-employed, and when he got this job he felt is was a great opportunity for him,” Caleb said. “I don’t think he ever wanted me to be a coal miner because it was a dangerous job, so I never really had an interest in it, but we all respected him for doing what he felt he needed to do to take care of his family and put food on the table. He was a great man and we will truly miss him.”

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Luther and Verlie Ruth Hensley; his wife, Angela Hensley; three daughters, Kerrigan, Kaley and Kyra Hensley; and son, Gary Caleb Hensley.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sat. at Freeman Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Hawkins and Rev. Michael Hartwell officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Pecks Mill.

Friends may call Sat. from 12 – 2 p.m. at the funeral home.