Weldon L. Hendrix, 84, of Henderson, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Visitation was from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Forest Hill – East, 2440 Whitten Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38133. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9. In Lieu of flowers, please consider supporting and donating to the following organizations: American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org or Freed-Hardeman University https://give.fhu.edu/givenow.
He was born to Joyce and Ruby (Pruett) Hendrix Jan. 16, 1937 in Henderson. He was born the third of six children with four sisters and a brother. His family moved around with his father’s work as a minister. He graduated from High School in Purnell, Okla., where he played basketball. After high school, he attended Harding College, Searcy, Ark., where he met the love of his life — Carol Ann Green, from Abilene, Texas. They married in May 1959 and began their nearly 62 years of life together in Rawlins, Wyo.
They later moved to Texas, where Greg and Pam were born. After serving in the National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he owned and operated a gas station/grocery in Joshua, Texas, was a route driver delivering milk for Foremost Dairy, worked at the GM auto plant, and began his 30 plus year career with the US Department of Agriculture. Job promotions took him and family to Knoxville, Danville, Va., Charleston, S.C., and ultimately to Memphis where he spent most of his career before retiring in 1997. After retiring, he and Carol combined their joy of travel and love of serving others by joining the Sojourners. They traveled all over the country helping schools, children’s homes and camps by painting and repairing and churches with knocking doors to invite folks to VBS or Gospel meetings and helping share the love of Jesus with others.
He loved traveling with Carol and family. In the summer of 1971, he took his family on an unforgettable 10,200 mile round trip to Alaska and back, up and across the provinces of Canada. Other family trips included one to California with stops at the Grand Canyon, the New England States, our nation’s Capital, Florida – almost all of the contiguous 50 states.
He was instrumental in building a JOY bus program in the 1970s in Memphis at the Raleigh Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. The program reached the lives of hundreds of children and families, giving them opportunities to learn about Jesus and his love.
He was also a craftsman – building a large 2 1/2 car garage/workshop in Memphis and a beautiful log home on Greers Ferry lake in Arkansas, where he and Carol enjoyed the lake after retirement. His ability to fix anything with wheels, build anything he set his mind to was legendary among the family.
The most important things to him were his faith and love of the Lord, his love for his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family, and sharing his faith and Jesus’ love with others. He was instrumental in helping many learn of that love and faith – and become believers. He was ready for his reward.
He is survived by his wife Carol of Henderson; son, Greg (Kathy) of Downingtown, Pa.; daughter Pam (Doug) Treadway of Somerville; grandchildren, Ashley Hendrix of King of Prussia, Pa., Danielle Hendrix of Newtown Square, Pa., David Hendrix of Minneapolis, Minn., Savannah (Jonathan) Hubbard of Bolivar and Brandon Treadway of Somerville; great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Melanie, Reed and Owen Hubbard of Bolivar; and siblings, Augustine (Carl) Cheatham of Montgomery, Ala., and Paul Hendrix, Lenoir, N.C.
He was preceded in death by three of his sisters, Helen Sargent (2003), Evelyn Conner (2007) and Juanita Benson (2018).