Malcolm Kay Hensley, 85, of Odessa lost the battle to cancer, but claimed victory in Jesus on February 13, 2022.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Donald Bugg of Crossroads Church officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements for services are by Sunset Funeral Home, but arrangements were made many years ago with Malcolm and his savior, Jesus Christ.
Malcolm was born in San Angelo, Texas, because there was no hospital in Iraan, Texas, to Walter and Florine Hensley. He attended school in Iraan, playing football, tennis, and authoring too many pranks to count, graduating as a proud Iraan Brave in 1954. He then attended Texas Western College of the University of Texas, where he became a lifelong member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Malcolm graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting in 1959. Malcolm spent many summers traveling through Mexico as the Cuadrilla assistant to his Aunt Patricia Hayes, famous female Matador. He was a pilot, an avid hunter, fisherman, pianist and biggest fan of his children and grandchildren.
Malcolm married the love of his life, Linda Reed, in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 10, 1964, and moved to Odessa, Texas where they raised two daughters and served their community faithfully for over 43 years. He graduated in 1975 with an MBA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Malcolm held positions such as Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs for Junior College System, Business Manager for Odessa College, MCH Internal Auditor and private CPA business owner. Malcolm served many years in the organizations such as Hi Noon Optimist Club, Odessa East Rotary Club, First Christian Church, and the Institute of Internal Auditors just to name a few.
Malcolm is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Florine Hensley, and his Arkansas Rose, Linda Reed Hensley.
Those left behind to carry on in faith are his daughters, Leslie and husband, Steve Bunch of Midland, Kimberly Ruiz of Arlington, Texas and Rebecca Marler and husband, Shane of Odessa. His grandchildren Carson Ruiz, Avery and husband Cameron Bugg, Allison Marler of Odessa, Gage and Tanner Bunch of Midland. Devoted sister, Joanna, her husband, who is closer than a brother, Bert Pope of Bedford, Indiana, nephews Alan Pope and wife Julie of Bloomington, Indiana, Tim Pope and wife Paige of Nashville Tennessee, Nephews Jeff and Gene Reed of Georgia, Charlie Reed, John Reed and Susan Gordon Reed all of the metroplex area. Several cousins Adele Waring, John Wunderl and Sue Sims.
Words cannot express our gratitude and special thanks to Malcolm’s ‘Partner in Crime’ and Mejor Amiga, Elisa, for her faithful, loving care until the very last day. We would also like to thank Star Hospice for the care and dignified treatment for the last year.
Pallbearers will be Carson Ruiz, Gage Bunch, Tanner Bunch, Cameron Bugg, Shane Marler, Steve Bunch and Jose Ortiz.