“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her
price is far above rubies.”
Thoughts of talking, laughing, sharing, remembering the “old” days, Sunday dinners with a table full of good
food, playing with the little kids, and lots of love shared by everyone- all fond memories of days gone by. These
precious memories are gifts of joy and sunshine given by God as he helps us to ride out our storm of sorrow
and grief. Dana was loved by everyone and she returned this love with abundance. She brought joy to our
hearts. Dana enjoyed talking, cooking, kids, caring for others, and going to church. Talking to others was a
special joy and talent of Dana’s. Blessed with a good memory, she seemed to know something about everyone
and was always willing to express her own opinion. Spending a night with her meant sharing homemade
cookies or fudge and talking most of the night about the “old” days, relatives and the many friends she had met
over the years.
Dana was born on Doty Creek on Monday, August 30, 1920 to James and Polly Caudill. She passed from
this life on Thursday, January 11, 2001, having lived 80 years, 4 months, and 12 days. After moving to Big
Smith Branch as a teenager, she married Willie Hensley on April 28, 1939. They made their home on Big Smith
Branch and to this union were born one daughter, Polly Eldridge and three sons, Carl, Clayton and Rayburn. In
1974 Willie and Dana moved to Louisville where Willie passed away in September of 1981. She then filled her
life with caring for her family and her sister, Dicy, who died in 1998.
Dana was preceded in death by her husband, Willie, one son, Carl, and a granddaughter, Carla Sue. She is
also survived by 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, one sister, Doshie
Everage, and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
After expressing a hope in the Lord for many years, Dana joined the Big Creek Old Regular Baptist Church
in April, 1987. She later moved her membership to the Chester Hogg Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church.
Dana was a light unto the Lord and a faithful member of her church. Her brothers and sisters greatly miss her
but realize that her empty seat only reminds them that she faithfully answered the call of her Lord. Our hearts
are heavy, but all Heaven rejoiced as she entered into her eternal reward. Her hop and faith in God became a
Dana, a sister-in-the-lord, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend was blessed to live a good, full life until the
very end. Her smile, hugs, kindness and love of talking will be missed by all. Yet the parting is only temporary.
Let’s fill our empty days with memories and hope for a reunion in Heaven.
She was many things to many people,
But special she was to all
Leaving behind a river of tears,
When she answered our fathers call.
But she’s gone on to be with loved ones,
For whom her heart has yearned for years
It’s time for us to share her now
For to them she was also dear