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Shelby Hensley

Shelby Hensley, 83, Elizabethton, passed away on April 12, 2022. Shelby is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Jack Hensley I, and her son, Jack Hensley II, his wife Linda Hensley, and granddaughter, Brittany Caldwell.

Shelby is predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Gladys Bailey, two brothers, Arthur Lynn Bailey and Ted Bailey, and is survived by two brothers Kyle Bailey and Dwane Bailey, as well as their extended families.

Shelby was a life-long resident of Tennessee, and lived in Carter County most of her life. She was well known by many in the community, and always had a smile and kind comment for those she met. Shelby worked many years for Wesley W. Taylor C.P.A. and many will remember her from her time at the Carter County Courthouse. Shelby loved spending time with her husband, and together they would work in their vegetable garden and tend to her flowers. She also took great pleasure in playing with and watching her son’s dogs.

Visitation will be at Dillow-Taylor Funeral home in Jonesborough on Friday April 15th at 11:30 am with a short graveside service following at the Mountain Home National Cemetery.

For those who wish to recognize Shelby’s life and spirit, her family suggests a donation to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital or their local animal shelter to support their ongoing needs. Shelby often said that there are many who have important unmet needs, including pets.

Shelby was a loving and kind person, and will be missed by many.

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Brooke Hardin Shanks
She was a great wonderful woman. I really Enjoyed seeing Jack at Humans Services when I was visiting mom. He always had Shelby and Jackie stories. Prayers and love to you all.
Karen Hardin
Shelby was a great lady and loved by everyone who new her Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Wesley Alan Taylor
I really do not know where to start. Shelby worked for my dad, starting when she was just 17 years old and worked with him until he passed away in January 1985. My dad often said he could not have run his office without her. She was very smart & professional. She was so good with dealing with my dad's client's and managed dad's office in a very efficient manner. She continued thru the years to send my mom's flowers and cards around holidays for over 35 years. She never missed sending my son, Wesley birthday cards, gifts, etc. on all his birthdays, at Christmas, etc. Shelby in many, many ways over the years became like a second mother to me. Shelby and her husband Jack have been like family my whole life. I still am in shock over this news and will be praying for her husband, Jack and her son Jack II during this difficult season. I am going to miss Shelby's emails that she would send me at various times during the year. She always encouraged me in so many ways. Love and miss you always, Wesley Alan, Robin Ann & Wesley Dawson Taylor
Leonard and juanita lewis
We were saddened to hear of Shelbys passing. We knew Shelby for many years .She was a true and loyal friend. Always had a beautiful smile on her face. She will be missed by many.
Lee Anna Rasar
Shelby was an incredible friend to me, my family and friends, and to so many people. She was always there to help in any way that she could. She was thoughtful and generous and supportive. She remembered us on birthdays and holidays with cards in the mail and also e-mail cards. She and Jack were incredible neighbors who lived out daily what it meant to be a good neighbor. She was fun, she was funny, she was sweet, she was always looking out for others and helping them when needs arose. She baked goodies and shared them and she bought treats and shared them. She made many trips to the airport alone and with Jack no matter what time of day or night to take me there or pick me up. She checked on my mother multiple times daily. She reflected God's love and care and was like having an angel in the flesh to guide and help. She will be hugely missed. My heart goes out to you, Jack and Jack and Linda. This is a great loss for us, but she has faithfully finished her course and earned a crown. S = sweet; H = humility; E = elegance; L = loving; B = beautiful; Y = young at heart. I am so thankful for her inspiring life.