Marble Hensley, Bryan trustee, dies at 83
November 11, 2005

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Marble Hensley, Sr. of Chattanooga, Tenn., long-time Bryan College trustee and former vice chairman of the board, died Nov. 7.

Mr. Hensley, 83, was senior vice president of ARCADIS, an engineering and environmental firm recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the country’s top engineering and consulting firms.

He was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering in 1949, after service in the Navy during World War II. He and his brother, Sam Hensley, organized the engineering company Hensley & Associates, Inc., in 1956, which merged with Schmidt Engineering Co., Inc., in 1965. Hensley-Schmidt, Inc., had offices in major cities throughout the Southeast. In 1992, the firm merged with Piedmont Olsen of Greenville, S.C., to form Piedmont Olsen Hensley, an engineering consulting company. In 1996 Piedmont Olsen Hensley merged with ARCADIS.

In 1995, friends established the Marble Hensley Scholarship at Bryan in his honor, in recognition of “his many years of distinguished service as a Christian businessman and a trustee of Bryan College.”

In addition to his work on the Bryan College Board of Trustees, Mr. Hensley served as an elder of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Brainerd Presbyterian Church, was former chairman of the board for CBMC and was a director for Inter Federal Savings Bank and of AmSouth Bank. He was past president of the Institute of Traffic Engineers and was a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Bryan College President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said, “Marble Hensley will be greatly missed on Bryan’s campus. Marble joined the Board of Trustees in 1983 at the request of then board chairman and his good friend Al Page. During his years as a board member, Marble served on numerous committees including the committee on membership. One of Marble’s greatest desires was to see the college obtain all the necessary permits and authorizations for the construction of a new entrance directly off of Route 27. After many years of tireless effort and promotion, he was instrumental in paving the way for the college to gain those authorizations last year.

“Marble embodied the characteristics of a true Christian gentleman; he loved his Savior and was a faithful witness for his Lord wherever God led him. Marble’s strong yet quiet spirit evoked confidence among those with whom he worked, and his approachable manner enabled him to make friends and opened numerous doors of opportunity both in his work and for us at the college. All of us admire and respect the life and example of Marble Hensley—he is already greatly missed as both a friend and a mentor.”

Mr. Hensley is survived by his wife, Ruth; son Marble Hensley, Jr.; daughters Carol Hastey and Kathlyn McFarland; brother Samuel Hensley; sisters Sarah Miles and Greta McMillan; and eight grandsons.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marble Hensley Scholarship Fund at Bryan College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, Tenn., 37321; or to Brainerd Presbyterian Church, 1624 Jenkins Rd., Chattanooga, Tenn., 37421.