Nancy Jean Hensley Amos

Published 8:21 am Monday, June 4, 2018

Nancy Jean Hensley Amos


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Nancy Jean Hensley Amos, 89, died peacefully May 22, 2018. Nancy was born to Zula Harmon Hensley and James Walter Hensley in Danville, Kentucky on August 27, 1928. She was an only child for 15 years until her beloved brother Thomas was born, giving her great joy throughout her life.

Graduating from Centre College in 1950 with degrees in English and Drama, Nancy worked in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in the tourism industry. From there, she found a secretarial position at Virginia Tractor Company in Richmond, where she met a handsome young engineer named Ralph Allen Amos. They were married soon after, raised a family, ran a real estate business, and enjoyed many years together until Ralph’s death in 2001.

Nancy and Ralph lived in Bon Air and Goochland County, Virginia. Nancy was very active in the Women’s Club in both areas. She was a talented artist, seamstress and knitter, as well as an avid bridge player and voracious reader.

Following her husband’s death, Nancy lived for several years at Hathaway Towers in Richmond until relocating to Sharon Towers in Charlotte, NC, to be closer to her family.

Besides Ralph, Nancy was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Claire Amos Dodgen and an infant grandson, Samuel Douglas Dodgen.

In addition to her brother Tom and his wife Susan, Nancy is survived by a son, R. Allen Amos II, and his wife, Mary, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, R. A. “Tripp” Amos III, and his wife Gabby, of Knightdale, N.C., and Catherine Claire Amos Cribbs and her husband Beau, of Richmond, Va. Nancy also enjoyed having two great-grandchildren, R. A. “AJ” Amos IV, and Catey Claire Amos; and several nieces, nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date at Hebron Presbyterian Church in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

The family would like to thank and recognize the caring and loving staffs at both Sharon Towers and Massey Family Dentistry for their care of Nancy in her last years. 

Memorials may be made to the Sharon Towers Residents’ Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210.