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    Smiley Hensley Passed away

    It pains me a great deal to announce here the passing of one of The Southeast Regions toughest competitors and famous flag maker Smiley Lee Hensley. He passed away this morning after losing his battle with stomach cancer. A great loss to all who knew and competed with him. Our thoughts and prayers to his wife Luella and his entire family. Our sport has lost another good one..

    RIP Smiley Lee

    Wayne & Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne campbell View Post
    it pains me a great deal to announce here the passing of one of the southeast regions toughest competitors and famous flag maker smiley lee hensley. He passed away this morning after losing his battle with stomach cancer. A great loss to all who knew and competed with him. Our thoughts and prayers to his wife luella and his entire family. Our sport has lost another good one..

    Rip smiley lee

    wayne & pam
    sorry to hear was a great freind good luck to his family bill b

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    Sad news Wayne.
    Everyone here that knew him will miss him. There are many stories about Smiley, most probably true, that shed light on the great guy he is/was. I shall miss Smiley for sure.

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    My view is Passed On rather than Passed Away

    I never met Smiley in person but talked with him a few times when I ordered some flags. As long as we keep him in our memories, he is never lost.
    Last edited by Kyle Schultz; 06-05-2020 at 04:04 PM.

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    It is always painful when someone we know and respect passes away.

    When a true Icon passes, it is even more so.

    Rest In Peace, Smiley.

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    Smiley Hensley

    Smiley Hensley's Flags have been the flag of choice on many BR Nantional's relay's.

    I wonder, how many "hall Of Fame" points have been earned while shooting over Smiley's flags. The first flags I ever owned were Smiley Hensley Flags. Wish I had paid closer attention to what they were telling me. I believe flags make a difference.

    My hats off to a great competitor and BR contributor. RIP Smiley.


    Glenn

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    One of the “Greats of Benchrest” always uplifting to see Smiley at a match. He will be missed by all .

    Pat Hurley

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    Quote Originally Posted by chism g View Post
    smiley hensley's flags have been the flag of choice on many br nantional's relay's.

    I wonder, how many "hall of fame" points have been earned while shooting over smiley's flags. The first flags i ever owned were smiley hensley flags. Wish i had paid closer attention to what they were telling me. I believe flags make a difference.

    My hats off to a great competitor and br contributor. Rip smiley.


    Glenn
    smileys were designed by bill brawand in 1973sold for 10 dollars a piece bill has first 4 saved museum

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    Quote Originally Posted by p hurley View Post
    one of the “greats of benchrest” always uplifting to see smiley at a match. He will be missed by all .

    Pat hurley
    hi pat hope things are ok see you later bill b

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrawand View Post
    smileys were designed by bill brawand in 1973sold for 10 dollars a piece bill has first 4 saved museum


    Thanks for that Info Bill. Those Brawand/Smiley flags were quite popular.

    Glenn

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    Rip

    Quote Originally Posted by Chism G View Post
    Thanks for that Info Bill. Those Brawand/Smiley flags were quite popular.

    Glenn
    Smiley. You will be missed

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    Smiley rip

    Smiley, RIP. I enjoyed shooting with you
    over the years. The best flag maker for bench rest
    shooting.

    Mel

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    Shocking news for me. Great guy, great shooter. RIP.

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    Louella you have my deepest thoughts and prayers.

    Smiley you rest easy buddy.
    God Bless you.

    Milt

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    I met Smiley in Camillus in 1977, RIP Smiley, you will never be forgotten.

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