Karen Nance Hensley

Karen Nance Hensley

February 20, 1956 - February 22, 2016

Karen Nance Hensley, 60, of Corbin passed away Monday, February 22, 2016, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after a courageous battle with multiple health issues.

Born February 20, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Tilmon Nance and Marie Nance Mills who survives.

One of seven children with characteristic nicknames, she was known affectionately as “Punkin” by her family, partly because of her diminutive stature at four feet eleven inches.  She attended elementary schools in Corbin where her gregarious personality began many life-long friendships.  She attended Corbin High School, transferred to Jackson County High School, and later graduated from Laurel County High School.

Varied career interests led her into both the legal and medical professions where she demonstrated a keen intellect.  In fact, over the years, both family and friends sought her expertise in both professional fields, always valuing her solicited advice.

She traveled extensively working for FEMA and lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota for several years.

An animal lover, indeed, she especially enjoyed her “furry doggie Babies.”  Also, when her family members gathered to play their beloved, but highly competitive, game of Rook, she was always revered as a skillful and strategic player, so much so that she was a highly sought Rook partner in her family.  Another favorite pastime, when her health permitted, revolved around her love for water sports: boating, fishing, and especially swimming.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Cyril Lynn Hensley; two sons: Demian Corey Payne and Tyson Chase Hensley; two grandsons: Chase and Hunter Hensley; six siblings: Ty Hart and husband Michael, Lue Cole, Phyllis Bingham and husband Steve, Diane Greer, Keith Nance and wife Connie, and Kenny Nance and wife Shirley; two step-daughters: Joy and Delena; several step-grandchildren; a myriad of “adopted” children and grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins (one cousin who was much like a sister, Teresa Flannery); mother-in-law, Madge Hensley, brother-in-law, Shea Hensley, and sister-in-law, Gretta Phillips, as well as other relatives including a special aunt, Edna Elliott, and numerous friends.  Karen will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but her loving spirit will always dominate everyone’s memory of her.  Her son, Demian Corey, described that spirit well, “She loved more purely than any other human being.”

A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Elliott officiating.  Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery with family members and friends serving as pallbearers.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until the 3:00 P.M. funeral hour at Hart Funeral Home, Inc., located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.


  • The King Family
    Posted at 01:50h, 26 February Reply

    God takes the good ones first!
    Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again.
    Nishan Panwar-

    You are in my prayers,
    Patrick and family-

  • Ty Hart
    Posted at 02:44h, 26 February Reply

    Someone took a big chuck of my heart when my baby sister’s heart stopped. Thanks for being a part of the greatest times of my life.

    Sisters and Friends forever…..Tyger

  • David E. Jones
    Posted at 03:20h, 26 February Reply


  • Sharon fox
    Posted at 04:17h, 27 February Reply

    Tye we r so sorry to hear that your sister has passed away. Our prayers are with u and all of the family.

  • Fred Lane
    Posted at 21:46h, 01 March Reply

    Diane, so sorry to read about your sister’s passing.
    Peace be with you.

  • Sharon fox
    Posted at 15:24h, 02 March Reply

    Tye we are so sorry to hear that your sister has passed away. I know there are no words that can heal the pain that you feel. You know she is in Heaven watching over you and your brothers and sisters and your mom. My prayers go out to her family also. I know they are hurting terribly. Time will heal the pain they feel now. God bless you all.

  • Teresa Greer
    Posted at 07:49h, 25 March Reply

    Marie, I am so sorry about Karen. I know how close you and your children are, this must be devastating for you. I will keep you in my pH prayers. Teresa Greer

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