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Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

Former State Rep. Robert "Bob" Hensley, Jr. died this morning at Rex Hospital from complications of leukemia. He was 62.

Hensley represented Wake County in the House from 1990 to 2002, according to a news release announcing his death.

"Bob Hensley was a spirited and dedicated public servant who fought for what he thought was right and always cared about the average citizen," said State Rep. Deborah Ross, who now holds Hensley's seat.

He was among a handful of dissident Democrats during the early 2000s who didn't hesitate to buck the will of then-Speaker Jim Black.

Hensley was born in 1947 in Wilmington.

He graduated with a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his law degree from North Carolina Central University Law School.

"Bob was a progressive voice for Wake County and for the people of NC. During his time in the NC House, he represented the people with courage, enthusiasm, wisdom and wit. We will miss him," said Jennifer Weiss, a Raleigh Democrat. 

Hensley was most recently in the news for representing lobbyist Don Beason who was charged in a road rage incident. 

Hensley is survived by his wife, Pat Granger Hensley and sons Preston, Chris and Robert Hensley, III.

"I want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and care during Bob’s illness. We hope that everyone will keep us in their prayers during this difficult time," said Pat Hensley.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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Re: Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

Bob made NC a much better place. All who knew him have lost not only a friend but a true inspiration. I hope he is riding the heavens in his little sports car with the top down. A job well done my friend, may you rest in peace.

Re: Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

Not enough time nor words to describe a truly caring individual as Bob. I met Bob under not the best of circumstances (for myself). He helped me through more than one very trying time over the past two decades. Years would go by, and I'd call Bob from Florida, and it was just as if I just left speaking with him. He never forgot a name. Always respectful of good or bad situations, he laid it on the line and talked straight. As an attorney...as I knew him best, he was the utmost professional. As a friend...you couldn't ask for anyone better. His intestinal fortiude will never be matched. Since the day I stepped into Bob's office many years ago, he was truly instrumental in assisting me in changing my life. He never dwelled in the past, only moved forward. He was always someone I could look up to, yet at the same tme..be right on my level. May the Lord Bless You Bob...You will never be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Bob will always be there looking over and keeping all in check. Goodbye my friend.......

Re: Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

Bob was a great person. When I saw him he always had a smile on his face. When I went thru a very difficult period in my life, he was always uplifting when I saw him offering up a greeting and a great smile. We will keep his family in our prayers. But they should be encouraged that he continues to live on. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Re: Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

He will be greatly missed, as will his wonderful sense of humor, way with a story, and ability to quell disputes with a well-timed joke.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Re: Hensley, former Wake rep., dies

VERY sad news about a great guy.

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