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Imogene Redd Hensley Staub
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Imogene Redd Hensley Staub, 88, wife of Dr. William Praed Staub, PhD, of Pineville, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was one day shy of her 89th birthday.

Imogene Redd was born in Harrison County, KY, to the late Robert S. Redd, Sr. and Margaret Thompson Redd on July 23, 1929. She grew up on a tobacco farm in Cynthiana, KY and graduated from Henry Clay High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky. Later in life, she continued her education at the University of Tennessee where she studied Landscape Architecture.

Imogene married John Byrd Hensley, Jr. on August 23, 1954. Together they raised four children. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1991. She married William Staub on July 23, 2010.

Imogene and her late husband John were co-owners of Lee’s Drug Store in Middlesboro, KY. She also worked as a hospital dietician and as a home economics teacher for several area public schools. Prior to moving to the area, she worked as a department head with the Pillsbury Company.

She was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Middlesboro throughout her life, where she served as one of the first female elders of the church. In later life she was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Knoxville. She was a devoted member of the Cumberland Park Garden Club, a longstanding member of the Bell County Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Silver Tea for the foster children of Claiborne County, TN, chair of the Middlesboro Spring Clean-up of Our Place, a Girl Scout leader, and an officer and member of many other local civic organizations.

She was a breast cancer survivor and remained involved in area Races for the Cure until her passing – often bragging of her wins in her age group (even though she was the only one competing in her age group). She enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, and cooking. She loved The Kentucky Derby and was often dressed for the races with impeccable style and a hat, even if just out to run errands.

In addition to her first husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Katherine Byrd Hensley, her siblings, Gerene Redd, Anna Redd, Helen Redd Burkart, and Robert Redd, Jr., and her niece Carol Burkart Blakely

She is survived by her husband Dr. William Praed Staub, PhD; children: Jes’Anne Hensley Givens (Doyle) of Pineville, KY, Robert Edward Hensley (Terri) of Tampa, FL, James Hensley-Son of St. Louis, MO, William Staub, Jr., of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren: Ashley Givens Rasnake (Javan) of Fort Meade, MD, Rebecca Givens Rice (Jared) of Memphis, TN, Jessie Hensley and Alex Hensley of Tampa, FL, Christopher Poore (Ashley) of Knoxville, TN, Chad Reed of Atlanta, GA, Sarah Poore of Tampa, FL, Ysabella Hensley-Son and Sebastian Hensley-Son of St. Louis, MO, Austin Staub and Kyla Staub of Knoxville, TN; nephews: Michael Burkart, Bob Redd; nieces: Donna Elder, Debra Constongue, and a host of special friends.

Visitation will be held at Shumate Funeral Home, 2321 West Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro, KY from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 26. Reverend Doctor Lewis Johnson of Spartanburg, SC, accompanied by Reverend Henry Lenoir, will officiate a remembrance service starting at 3:00 pm. A private interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests sending memorial contributions to Thompson Cancer Survivor Center Foundation to support the Sisters in Love Fund at 865.331.1227.

Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.
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