Hensley Cemetery #2 of 19W

Hensley Cemetery #2 of 19W

Spivey Mountain, Unicoi County, Tennessee

Surveyed and documented by Beth Bradford-Pytel

updated on 04/10/16


Hensley Cemetery #2 is also known as the Van Hensley Cemetery named after former property owner and WWI veteran Sylvanus Hensley.


DIRECTIONS: From Erwin, take I-26 towards Asheville, NC and exit at Temple Hill Road.  At the end of the ramp, make a left, proceed under the highway and at the stop sign turn right onto US Highway 19-23W.  Continue for about 1.5 miles after which time, the road forks at Ernestville.  Make a left on US 19W [Spivey Mountain Road] heading towards Burnsville, NC.  The winding road cuts through the Spivey Mountain pass.  Proceed on 19W for about 1.3 miles and make a right turn onto Dale Hensley Road [next to the old general store].  After you cross the bridge, the paved road ends turning into a gravel road.  Continue up the steep hill, the gravel road narrows passing a home on the right; the road bends to the left to the top of the hill nestled in a knoll.  The small cemetery is fenced in.  4WD is strongly recommended to negotiate the hill.

PHOTO: bbpytel, Spring 2006


SURNAMES:   HENSLEY [#1-2; 8-10], LEWIS [#7], WATTS [#3-5]


1.  HENSLEY, Hobart D.

b. July 26, 1923 - d. June 23, 1995

[s/o Sylvanus and Katherine E. Hensley #8/9]



b. March 29, 1917 - d. April 21, 2005

"Married January 11, 1958" [w/o Hobart #1; d/o William G. and Lucinda E. Hensley buried Old Hensley #3]


NOTE:  Left Photo-Lola Hensley; another photo of Lola with niece Milam Hensley-Bradford in fur coats - circa abt. 1933


3.  WATTS, Vernon

b. January 29, 1913 - d. February 18, 1961

[s/o William Merritt Watts and Pansey Hensley  buried Watts Cem. Bee Log, NC]


4.  WATTS, Reggie

b. July 8, 1945 - d. June 22, 2000

[s/o Vernon Watts and Geneva Hensley]

5.  WATTS, private


6.  LEWIS, James

7.  LEWIS, Anna Belle [HENSLEY]

b. June 23, 1927 - d. March 3, 1992

[d/o Sylvanus and Katherine E. Hensley #8/9]

NOTE:  photo of AnnaBell -school days, courtesy of Treva Peterson


8.  HENSLEY, Sylvanus

b. February 28, 1892 - d. October 16, 1978

[s/o Hiram Cornelius Hensley and Mary Ann "Polly" Hensley - buried Old Hensley #3]

NOTE:  Photo of "Van" in WWI Uniform circa abt. 1911; served in US Army.


9.  HENSLEY, Katherine E. [HENSLEY]

b. March 8, 1900 - d. May 31, 1999

[w/o Sylvanus "Van" #8; d/o Cornelius E. "Big" Hensley and Rebecca Jane Hensley buried Old Hensley #3;  children: Roger E. #10, Hobart #1, Anna Belle #7; Dale #11 [others alive]

NOTE: photo of Katherine courtesy of Damaris Higgins


10.  HENSLEY, Roger E.

b. November 17, 1941 - d. September 6, 1967

"Not My Will But Thine By Done"

[s/o Sylvanus and Katherine E. Hensley #8/9]

NOTE:  photo of Roger - school days, courtesy of Treva Peterson


11.  HENSLEY, Dale

b. 1933 - d. October 10, 2011

[s/o Sylvanus Hensley and Katherine E. Hensley; he never married]

NOTE:  Dale ran a general store located on 19W for a good part of his life.  Photo of Dale sitting in front of his store with his best friend - courtesy of Lisa Chandler.   OBITUARY

   Dale Hensley Store - Oct 2012  




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