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Minnie Lee Hensley
Birth: Jul., 1889
Osage Mills
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1931
Healing Springs
Benton County
Arkansas, USA

Minnie Hensley was the beautiful and precious daughter of John Baxter Hensley and Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Tate Hensley of Osage Mills, Arkansas.

John Baxter and Mary Elizabeth were the proud parents of eight children ~ James Baxter "Jim", Ella (Rash), John Mitchell, Grace Emaline (Morris), Melvia Willie (Chenoweth), Minnie, (Minnie never married), Iva Lee (Ivy never married), and little Mike Baxter Hensley.

Minnie's mother died after a brief illness and quietly and peacefully passed from this earthly tabernacle when Minnie was seven years old. Minnie's younger sister Iva Lee had brain fever when she was small, and had some brain damage, so Minnie helped take care of her. After Minnie got a little older, she mostly had the complete responsibility of Ivy's care.

Our Pawpaw (Jeff Chenoweth) had an older half-brother who's name was Randolph Coker. Randolph lived in Texas, was married, his wife's name was Lou and together they had one son, Alton.

The basic story is that after the accidental death of their son, Alton, and the death of his wife Lou on May 9th 1930....a lonely Randolph went back to Arkansas to live with his mother Margaret "Meg" Coker Chenoweth, and he set up a Barber Shop in town. He and Meg, a widow again, lived in a small house on the farm of her son (and Randolph's half-brother), Jeff Chenoweth. Meg's husband, John, (father of Jeff), had died in 1915. By 1931 Randolph had met Jeff's wife's sister, Minnie Hensley, and he and Minnie had struck up a relationship. Minnie had always stayed home, and helped her daddy with housework, cooking, cleaning and helped with taking care of Ivy. Minnie didn't get out much, and had never even had a boyfriend. Randolph was nineteen years older than our Aunt Minnie, and just absolutely swept little Minnie off her feet, charmed her and made her have feeling's she had never known was possible. Never having had anything of her own, Minnie saw for the first time, the possibility of having a home, a husband, and a life of her very own. She was very very naive, and fell head over heels in love with Randolph, and of course he told Minnie he shared the same feeling's for her. They had made plans to be married and live there in the little house with his mother, Meg.

Randolph apparently wasn't as interested in the relationship as Minnie because one night he had a neighbor take him to the train station in Gravette ("between the suns" or "underneath the darkness of night") to catch a train back to Texas. His sudden (and unannounced) departure left a sad set of events in its wake. He didn't tell Meg (his mother) he was leaving and she felt mistreated about it...and he never visited again, his mother died later that year at the age of 81 (our great grandmother). Our sweet Aunt Minnie was devastated and completely heartbroken, and had disappeared after Randolph left. Her family look for her for days, then one day they took their mules over to the well for a drink, they quickly backed up, and wouldn't drink the water...the family knew then that their precious and beautiful Minnie was a the bottom of their well.

Our sweet little Minnie's body was found on April 1st 1931. Our Pawpaw (Jeff Chenoweth) told us that when he came home with the news to our Granny (Melvia Hensley Chenoweth) about her sister Minnie, granny dropped to the floor and started screaming until she was so out of breath and so hoarse that she couldn't speak.

Our Precious and Beautiful Aunt Minnie was 42 years old.

Randolph wasn't all that opposed to relationships, though, because later in Texas, he married a lady named Eliza C. (Rhine) Batis.

In genealogy, it is always important and interesting to have the birth, marriage and death information, but pictures and the stories of what happened in between the dates is, to me, the most interesting of all the parts, and when we have them, we breathe life into our heritage. Ron Coker


Minnie's Memorial was written by:
Pixie Owens Huntley, Judy Owens Wright
and Ron Coker (great nephew of Randolph Coker)


A "Special Thank You" to Ron Coker for his input into this story. With his help, we were able to come up with the complete and true facts, as best we could, for this sad story of desperation that led to the tragic suicide of our Great Aunt Minnie. And we Thank findagrave, for providing a way for Ron Coker to contact us, all these years later. Judy Owens Wright


*The man in the picture holding Minnie's hand, is Randolph Coker.*




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A VERY "SPECIAL HEARTFELT THANK YOU" FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ~ Missing *U* Always ~ Loving *U* Forever FOR SPONSORING GREAT AUNT MINNIE'S MEMORIAL ~ YOU ARE AN ANGEL COLLEEN...YOUR KINDNESS AND THOUGHTFULNESS IS SO VERY APPRECIATED, SWEET FRIEND!! XOXOXOXOXO
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💔 I WILL CHERISH YOU FOREVER, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN ME, YOU ARE MY ANGEL, AUNT MINNIE! 💔 SOMEDAY WE WILL KNOW THE REAL TRUTH OF WHAT HAPPENED...I DON'T THINK YOU JUMPED IN THE WELL, I THINK YOU WERE PUSHED! XOXOXOXOXOXO




 
 
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 Parents:
  John Baxter Hensley (1857 - 1928)
  Mary Elizabeth Tate Hensley (1853 - 1896)
 
 Siblings:
  Ella Rash (1878 - 1952)*
  James Baxter Hensley (1880 - 1948)*
  John Mitchell Hensley (1881 - 1958)*
  Grace Emaline Hensley Morris (1883 - 1961)*
  Melvia Willie Hensley Chenoweth (1885 - 1972)*
  Iva Lee Hensley (1888 - 1939)*
  Minnie Lee Hensley (1889 - 1931)
  Mike Baxter Hensley (1891 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Temperance Hill Cemetery
Osage Mills
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Plot:
 
Maintained by: Pixie Owens💕Hu...
Originally Created by: Ellis Vaughn
Record added: Aug 19, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5699116
Minnie Lee Hensley
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Minnie Lee Hensley
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Minnie Lee Hensley
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💕 xxoo
- Pixie Owens💕Huntley
 Added: Jul. 13, 2014
~*~A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep~*~
- Missing*U*Always ~ Loving*U*Forever
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
Forever Loved ❤ xxxooo
- Pixie Owens💕Huntley
 Added: Jul. 11, 2014
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