Ronald Tilman Hensley

Ronald Tilman Hensley
February 21, 1949 – March 1, 2018

Ronald Hensley, 69, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Bryan. A visitation is schedule for 1:30pm until the time of service at 2pm, on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan.

Born February 21, 1949, Ronald “Ronnie” Hensley was the loving son of Tilman and Oneida Hensley and brother to Wanda Hensley. Ronnie graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1968. He lived in Bryan all his life and made many friends, all of whom have lots of “Ronnie stories” to tell. He worked for Otis Engineering Company and started his own painting company. Ronnie was a founding member of Starvin’ Marvin and The Dexzatrims. He was also a singer and guitarist for The Blue Gravel Rock Band, The Rockafellas, and The Brass Buttons. Ronnie loved music, motorcycles, his family, friends, and especially his angel, Teresa Taplin. He amused us all with his jokes and scared us by running the streets in his scooter. The world was a brighter place with him in it and Heaven is now his home.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Wanda Deiterich and husband Richard; son Brant Hensley and wife Sarah; daughter Kasie Carson and husband Chris, four grandchildren: Dalton, Jameson, and Rowan Hensley, and Ryan Carson; nieces Wendy Knoboloch and husband Michael and their children Morgan and Matthew, and Whitney Powell and her daughter Brianna; and nephew Wesley Powell.

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  1. Ronald was my friend and band mate. Miss the good old days Rockin the venues we played together in our youth . God Bless you Ronald and your family.

  2. I agree with Donnie. A good friend & band mate. A talented singer for sure. Many miles traveled together. He will be missed.

  3. Life never seemed to get Ronnie down. He rolled with the punches. His upbeat attitude made him undeniable. Even my kids knew him well. RIP Ronnie. You earned it.

  4. May God bless you with the peace, comfort, and courage to face the days ahead.

    RIP, Ronnie

  5. Ronnie I know your running and singing again .God blessed us with two beautiful children. God bless you Teresa , you were his angel . We will meet again someday my friend and you can tell me a joke .

  6. Certainly one of Bryan’s most colorful characters…. a loyal friend. We met when I was 10 years old… always had a joke and a story… took life as it came… he could always work a crowd… I’ll miss him…

  7. Prayers to the family, extended family & friends. My sincerest condolences to Ronnie’s children, Brant & Kasie.

  8. I had the biggest crush on him in high school but that was as far as it went! I was a sophmore and couldn’t compete with those cute Senior girls! Did have a couple of dates with him in the early eighties! That was an experience to say the least but fun! Rest In Peace my friend! Prayers for family and friends!

  9. Ronnie was truly a friend’s friend. Really enjoyed working out with him in early 70s. Never met a more positive person…in his darkest day, he could find something positive about it. Really enjoyed listening to him sing with all the good bands he was part of, especially the “Blue Gravel Rock Band” He will truly be missed. To his loving family, may your heart & soul find peace and comfort. RIP Ronnie

  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your father Ronnie.Kasie my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family may your father rest in peace God Bless

  11. Ronald was the first boy I ever kissed – eighth grade band bus. It was the talk of Lamar Jr. High. He did make me an honest woman though. We went “steady” that summer. He had his license and a car! He would come over to my house and always bring two cokes. A real gentleman, always!

  12. I always enjoyed visiting with Ronnie. His jokes seemed to have no boundaries, but neither did his compassion.
    His greeting “Jesus loves you, and so do I” said it all.
    These made him a welcome sight at firehouse number 2. Jokes, compassion, and blessings are vital ingredients in a firehouse.
    Consequently, he’s the first person I know who was a google street view image … fire station number 2!
    Will miss you Ronnie, but you shared your faith enough that I know where I will see you next.

  13. Ronald was one of a kind .He had a real joy of life and lived it to the fullest .He was always laughing and always had a joke to tell .When you were Ronald’s friend he would do anything in the world for you . Ronald worked for me about a year as a house painter .He was one of the hardest workers I ever had and when he was on the job he always made the days pass happier and quicker .He loved the ladies, fast cars martial arts and life. Even when life dealt him a rough hand he never let it get him down riding down Texas avenue on his scooter It wasn’t as fast as his corvette but he was still cruzin Texas Avenue .Heaven will be a happier place when he gets there . I will miss him .

  14. I have known Ronald from our days at Central Baptist. I last saw him about 8 months ago. I was recovering from a stroke and he was crusing Cavittt St. My daughter in law was driving and I had her stop. I yeld “Tillman”…he swung around and we both laughed… talked a few minutes and said our goodbyes. Glad I stopped that day… RIP Ronald.

  15. I’m just finding this page now. Ronnie and I worked together at Otis Engineering, and what a perfect friend he was. It’s great to read the stories everyone has told about him. He crossed my mind today for some reason. Next time I see him, I’ll have to open with his “Jesus loves you, and so do I” opening. What a fine friend he was. I can still see him pulling off a jerky dance maneuver as another workmate and I were driving by him. This other workmate just says, “lunatic”, I just thought he was awesome.

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