Bueford Hensley, Command Sergeant Major (Ret.), 83, of Woodbridge, VA, died on March 24 at the Reston Hospital Center with family at his bedside.
He was born in Kentucky, the son of Loren Hensley and Mattie Howard Hensley, both deceased. He is survived by his wife Helga Hensley, son Anthony (Michelle) Hensley of California, stepchildren Diane (David) Bean of Maine and Thomas M. Day of Washington, grandchildren Ava Hensley, Sean Smith and Breanna Bean. He is also survived by his sister Mildred (Henry) Franklin of Kentucky and several nieces and nephews.
After being drafted, he served a distinguished career in the Army which included two tours in Vietnam, two tours in Korea and several European assignments. He started as a paratrooper, decorated with the Legion of Merit award and the Bronze Star, and finished his military career as the head NCO for the 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After retirement, he was a long time active member of the Isaac Walton League and the Rod and Gun Club.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, burial at Quantico National Cemetery will be private. Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.