Hal Gordon Sensing

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on March 2, 1949

Departed on July 22, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Hal Gordon Sensing, age 71, passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee on July 22, 2020. Born on March 2, 1949 in Nashville to the late Dewey Doyle Sensing and Lida Knight Sensing.
Survived by wife Patricia Neely Sensing, son Hal David Sensing, and daughter Amy Sensing (Clint) Hill; grandchildren Katie Sensing, Darren Hill, Autumn Hill, and Griffin Hill.
Hal was a 1967 graduate of David Lipscomb High School and a 1970 graduate of David Lipscomb College. In 1991, he received a Masters of Education from the University of Tennessee. Hal served in the Tennessee Army National Guard for 33 years before becoming an adjunct professor and Military Advisor at Bethel University for 10 years. He lived in West Nashville and Bellevue for all of his 71 years. Hal was an active member of Bellevue Church of Christ and Sons of the American Revolution.
Visitation Tuesday, July 28, 2-4 and 6-8 pm and Wednesday, July 29, 9-10 am at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Celebration of Life will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 29, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens with Jim Dillingham & Wayne (Buddy) Victory officiating. Funeral service will be live streamed online. Please contact Harpeth Hills Funeral Home and provide email for login information to view the livestream. Private burial on Thursday, July 30, at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

44 Comments to Hal Gordon Sensing

    July 27, 2020 1:43 pm



  2. Rob Sexton
    July 27, 2020 2:27 pm

    Tragic and painful loss for us all. Still getting my head around this.

    Please provide login information for the live stream of the funeral.

    Thank you.

  3. Shirley Woodard
    July 27, 2020 3:24 pm

    We are so sad about Hal’s passing. We always enjoyed the time we spent chatting with him from his front porch. He was a great neighbor and true UT fan! He will be missed.

    Shirley and Larry Woodard

  4. Cindy Whitworth
    July 27, 2020 3:31 pm

    Patricia I am so sorry about Hal he was such a great man you and him was part of Daltonsgrill Family our hearts go out to you and your family in our prayers. Cindy And Daltonsgrill

  5. COL (R) Ron Moore
    July 27, 2020 3:50 pm

    Sensing worked with Hal lots of years. He was very professional and dedicated. Well done good and faithful servant.
    Ron Moore

  6. MG (Ret) Max Haston, 75th Adjutant General
    July 27, 2020 4:04 pm

    My prayers and condolences goes to Hal’s family. Served with him for many years when he was in the 4/278th ACR and later when we worked together in Operations and Training. Always had splendid behavior and excellent deportment. He was a fine NCO and team member. Many soldiers and airmen of the Tennessee National Guard improved their education because of Hal assisting them with executing their educational benefits.

  7. 1SG Jerry Dickey ret
    July 27, 2020 5:32 pm

    Enjoyed knowing and seeing Hal thru the years. He was always a pleasure to be around.. I know he will be greatly missed by a multitude of we fellow soldiers, and especially his family. May God comfort his family in this time of bereavement.

  8. Gary Skaggs
    July 27, 2020 5:47 pm

    Forever my Friend. Would always call every week to check on me.
    When the in between calls were too long, I’d worry and call to check on
    him. Sometimes PATTY his wife would answer and we would talk for a few minutes, and when finished she would tell Hal I called. He would call me back. Sometimes we would meet at McDonald’s for a burger and fries. Not long ago, he took me to Bar B Cue that catered to military personnel retired or other wise at Oprymills. FOREVER MY FRIEND AND
    CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN, HUSBAN AND FATHER. Go forth from this world in the name of the Father your Creator, in the name of Jesus your
    Savior, and Holy Spirit our sustainer.

  9. Alan & Kim (Suddeath) French
    July 27, 2020 6:09 pm

    Dear Amy, Clint and Sensing family members. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Amy’s father Hal, and just wanted to send our thoughts, prayers and remembrances to comfort your family in this time of loss.

  10. MSG Andy Sekulich (ret)
    July 27, 2020 7:10 pm

    Had the pleasure of knowing and serving with Hal in the 4/278 ACR. Was truly saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family during this time of sorrow.

  11. Mike & Rosemary Newbill
    July 27, 2020 7:43 pm

    Patty, David and Amy our hearts are broken by the loss of Hal. We will greatly miss his presence at church when we are able to return. He sat on the pew in front of us each Sunday and we enjoyed seeing the loving interaction he had with his family. He has left his footprint on this earth as a good christian man.

  12. MSG (Ret) Sharon Rice
    July 27, 2020 7:49 pm

    Our family was so sad to hear of Hal’s passing. My husband Mike, my son Shawn and myself have all worked with Hal at one time with the Tennessee National Guard. What a caring and outstanding Soldier. He will be greatly missed and thought of at our conferences each year. Our prayers go out to his family.

  13. Clifford and Wilma Dobbs
    July 27, 2020 8:44 pm

    Patty, David, Amy and family, Wilma and I send our love and prayers to you in Hal’s home coming. I knew him and his parents from 1973 when I became minister for the West Nashville Heights church of Christ. During that time we played basket ball frequently at Nashville Christian gym. He was exciting and I came to call him “Hack.” Since coming to Bellevue church after my retirement It has been such a joy to be with all of you. We often talked about our daily bologna sandwich. I will miss him until I see him in the grand reunion in heaven. God bless each of you. –Clifford and Wilma Dobbs

  14. COL (R) Robert Covert
    July 27, 2020 9:52 pm

    It was a pleasure to work with Hal in 4/278 ACR. He helped a lot of soldiers and the TN Army National Guard is better because of what he did. You will be missed.

  15. Charles Dorris
    July 27, 2020 10:19 pm

    I fondly remember Hal from my time growing up at West Nashville Heights. He was one of the “older guys” but was always kind and gracious to us younger fellows. His mom and dad were sweet members of this congregation. Patty’s sweet younger sister Vickie was a close friend to my sister Suzan. When Dick Nicks retired he suggested that I use DAVID as my CPA going forward which I have done. DAVID is a great fellow and excellent accountant. I was so sorry to learn of Hal’s hospitalization and subsequent passing. Praying for peace for this sweet family as they walk through this valley.

  16. James C Potts
    July 27, 2020 11:45 pm

    I worked with Hal from 1990 to 1997 in the 4th of the 278th ACR. I also had a couple of visits with him whole working at the TCAT in Shelbyville. There has rarely been a finer human being walk this earth. I know he is with our Savior. God bless his family and friends as we grieve his loss.
    James C. Potts
    SFC (Retired), USA/TNARNG

  17. CSM (R) Roy N. Williams
    July 28, 2020 8:22 am

    Hal served with me in Q,Trp 4/278th as the readiness NCO. He was well respected for his caring attitude and dedication to the soldiers of the unit. After retirement he continued his service to soldiers by promoting higher education to soldiers through Bethel. My sicere condolences to his family.

  18. Marilyn Myers
    July 28, 2020 10:39 am

    You will be greatly missed.Love to Patty.From the Dalton’s Resteraunt family and from me .Thank you for your Friendship.

  19. Bobby and Patty Adair
    July 28, 2020 10:49 am

    I met Hal and all the other “youth group “ member at the Heights thru Bobby. His friends became my (and our) friends. These friendships have lasted through the years and are very special. Hal and Patty were a very important part of our lives. Hal and I had a special bond in being “only” children of older parents. Many memories flood my mind…especially Halloween parties at our house and canoe trips with the guys.

    A quiet, loving man, we will miss him greatly. We lift up Patty and the rest of the family

  20. Gary Williams
    July 28, 2020 11:54 am

    Hal and I were in the guard together for 20 years and we talked on the phone at least two times a month. We also played golf together. He was a good friend and I will miss him very much. I’ll be praying for his family.

  21. Sue McLarty
    July 28, 2020 12:19 pm

    Hal will be missed in many ways-he was so good to keep up with the family and was so good to my mother (Etna) .
    Patty we pray for God’s blessings on you and the family as you go through the ordeal of saying good bye.

    Please send info so we can get the service live

  22. Melissa Penix
    July 28, 2020 12:30 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with Patty and the Sensing family. I have recently experienced a similar loss with my husband Steve. We were members of West Nashville Heights Church of Christ, and l remember Hal and Patty fondly. Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts. God will help you through the days ahead.
    Take care,
    Melissa Penix

  23. Teresa Grissim Harrington
    July 28, 2020 2:50 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all and am sorry for your loss. I remember Hal , Patty and their families while at West Nashville Heights. Your special memories of Hal are now special treasures for your family. He was a fine man.
    Teresa Grissim Harrington

  24. Trent Johnson
    July 28, 2020 2:54 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Hal’s tragic passing. I met Hal through our Sons of the American Revolution chapter and always enjoyed talking with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  25. 1SG(Ret) Scott O’Steen
    July 28, 2020 3:14 pm

    Hal was a good friend whom I had the opportunity to serve with. Hal and I both serves as President of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Tennessee. Hal was instrumental in ensuring educational benefits for guardsmen. His professional demeanor was above reproach. Hal was truly one of the good guys and will be missed. To Patty and the family, stay strong and know that Hal is in a better place!

  26. LTC (R) John Baynham
    July 28, 2020 6:01 pm

    I will always remember his wry smile and professional demeanor. It was a joy to serve with him and I’m a better person because of his example. I can tell his family something they already know. The world is a better place because of men like Hal Sensing.

  27. Randy and Bobbie Hand
    July 28, 2020 6:52 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is included in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Sharon Dockins
    July 28, 2020 8:10 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Hal will be greatly missed.

  29. LTC (ret) Bob Ogden
    July 28, 2020 8:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news of Hal’s passing. I worked with Hal from ‘91-‘96 at the 4/278th in Smyrna. He was always a steady hand amongst the chaos and the consummate professional. I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with Hal as long as I did. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Be thou at peace, Hal.

  30. Mable (Eufolla) Gill
    July 28, 2020 8:54 pm

    Patty and family I am thinking of you at this time.I will miss talking to Hal and keeping in touch with the family.i think he was a fine christian man and I hope knowing that will give you and the family comfort. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. Gaythel Matthew's Fisher
    July 28, 2020 9:10 pm

    My heart was saddened when I heard of Hal’s hospitalization and passing. Sad for his sweet family, but comforted in knowing Hal is at peace. I was blessed to have known Hal, Patty and David at West Nashville Heights. I know his family and friends will be sustained by the wonderful memories they have of his life well lived. My prayers are with Patty, David, Amy, Clint and grandchildren.

  32. Hal David Sensing
    July 28, 2020 10:42 pm

    Thank you all for the comments about my amazing father. He was loved and a very good man.

    Good to hear from all his military friends. I remember many days going to his office there in Smyrna many times. He really enjoyed his time with you all.

  33. SFC (R) Jeff Gibson
    July 29, 2020 12:18 am

    Patty and family,
    I had the privilege of serving with Hal in the 4/278th ACR. I will always remember his “can do” and positive attitude he projected to whatever challenge he was handed. He was always the consummate professional and my memory of him will always be that “ iron sharpens iron”. I know that he is with our Savior and that this separation will only be temporary.
    With prayers of God’s comfort to you and the family.

  34. Margie Sensing
    July 29, 2020 12:15 pm

    Garry and I will miss Hal. Hal and Garry were first cousins but it was much more than that. They were brothers to each other that they didn’t have. We would meet monthly for lunch at the Plantation restaurant in Dickson. He ALWAYS had sauerkraut and weenies. He always referred to me as his favorite republican. Until just a few years ago Hal would get tickets for him and Garry to go to the Vols picnic. Wonderful memories. We love you Patti, David and Amy.

  35. Larry Hillis
    July 30, 2020 1:59 am

    Patty and family my condolences on Hal’s passing. He was a great friend and I enjoyed serving with him in the Guard. We talked often over the phone every couple of months or so and we always has a great time taking about old guard days or current events, May the Good Lord grant you peace during this time sorrow. I will miss our chats and remember fondly our friendship until my last days on earth.

  36. Randall Matlock
    July 30, 2020 9:21 am

    Linda and I are sincerely sorry to learn of Hal’s passing. Unfortunately we only learned this last night after the service honoring this outstanding man had occurred. Our prayers are for Hal’s family that a peace that passes understanding will be granted to them by our GOD.

  37. Wayne Marlin
    July 30, 2020 12:34 pm

    Patty, David, Amy, Clint and grandchildren, Katie, Darren, Autumn and Griffin; Patricia and I want you to know how much we cherish our memories of Hal and our hearts goes out to you. Hal was not only a friend he was a trusted pal. Patricia and I always look to our right at church in the auditorium to see Hal and you guys and Hal will always be there with you in our memories.

  38. Larry W. Sensing
    July 30, 2020 5:31 pm

    We have just learned of Hal’s passing. While we were not close as second cousins. We knew of him, primarily, through his parents Dewey and Lydia. They were always so proud of Hal, his family and all of his accomplishments. I know Hal had to be a great man to have come from such wonderful parents.
    Our sincere, heartfelt condolences to all of Hal’s family.

  39. Jamie Johnson
    July 31, 2020 10:07 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Hal’s passing. I loved talking to him if I got the chance whenever we visited Nashville from Michigan. He will be dearly missed by all his cousins.

  40. Brenda Nixon
    July 31, 2020 1:36 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Hal. We were in the Guard together and enlisted association. What a Christian soldier. Prayers to the family.

  41. Lesli Webb
    July 31, 2020 5:02 pm

    So sorry to learn of Hal’s death. Was always a pleasure to see him during our Enlisted Association Conferences. He was tireless in ensuring our Air and Army National Guard members were familiar with available educational opportunities ! We thank the family for sharing him with all of us! He made us better!🇺🇸

  42. Sherry (Matlock) Rhyne
    July 31, 2020 11:51 pm

    I am a cousin of Hal… I am so sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. We learned of his passing too late to be a part of Hal’s memorial service, I know that his family will miss this fine Christian Husband , Father, and Grandfather. Our prayers are for Hal’s family for your peace and comfort. GOD Bless You all.

  43. David Sensing
    August 6, 2020 10:34 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss and passing of Hal. Hal was my second cousin, his Dad and my Dad were first cousins. I was having surgery last week and was not able to attend. Hal and I both served in the 278th ACR back in the eighties. He was a fine soldier and NCO. He had a great attitude and led by example. I attribute that to his love of his country, to the commitment to those soldiers he served with and most importantly, his love of God. Hal was a Christian and that showed through in his work as an NCO in the 278th ACR. I didn’t know Hal that well, but I do know he loved God and his family. Hal accomplished many great things in his life, for over thirty years, he served in the military of our nation. He attained his Masters, became a Professor at Bethel College and he and his wife raised a family,,,,,,I’m sure there would be much, much more you could say about Hal and all he was in his life, but what matters most is that he was a Christian. May our God bless Hal’s family in this difficult time, that He will comfort them and grant them peace through God our Father and Christ our Savior.

  44. James Rose
    August 17, 2020 8:07 am

    To the Sensing Family
    Heaven has another angel. There are not enough words to speak to the character of Hal. He was my first college professor at Bethel and a true mentor.
    I will miss you and your Windom.
    Thank you my friend and mentor.
    James Rose

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