Rickey L. Hensley Sr., of Oak Hill, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loved ones in Oak Hill. He was born March 22, 1948 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Herbert Eugene Hensley and Garnetta Joye (Marshall) Hensley.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Enid (Wallace) Hensley; son, Rickey (Brandy) Hensley Jr.; daughter, Barbie (James Williams) Hensley; two brothers, Danny Hensley, of South Carolina and Timothy Hensley, of Sciotoville, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Anne (Paul) Sisler, of Wheelersburg, OH and Pamela (Timothy) Lewis Sr., of Sciotoville, OH; four grandsons, Kyle (Roxanne) Hargett, Christopher (Hunter) Hargett, Cody Hargett and Tyler (Heidi) Hensley; granddaughters, Jordan Hatten and Chelsea Hensley; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Cheryl Louise Hurst.
Rickey worked at Lundsford’s Sardis Auto for 27 years. He raced in 1976-1977 at the Southern Ohio Speedway. After his one year of racing, he helped numerous local race car drivers. He was actively involved in the racing community for the last 40 years. During this time, he got his son, Rickey Jr. involved in racing and together they raced for the next 20 years.
He lived for his wife, grandchildren and great grandchildren and they are the reason he kept going the last several years. He loved sitting on the porch and waving at you, even if he did not know you. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
Friends may call Friday, July 24, 2020 from 2-4 PM at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev Fred Crabtree and Rev Herman Stewart officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com. Per CDC guidelines and governor recommendations, we are asked to wear a mask indoors and practice proper social distancing procedures and guidelines.