Monday, August 31, 2009

Richard Lee Hendrix 1945-2009

WAYNESVILLE – Richard Lee Hendrix, 64, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in his home near Waynesville.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, in Buckhorn Baptist Church with Danny Graves, minister, officiating. Burial was in Waynesville Memorial Park.
Richard was born April 13, 1945, near Laquey to Herbert and Grace Hendrix.
He attended Laquey Elementary and Richland High School.
Richard accepted Jesus as his savior at 12 years old and was baptized. He was a member of the Independence Baptist Church. At the time of his death, he was a member of Idumea Baptist Church.
At 16 years old, Richard started singing gospel music and grew to love it. One of his favorite past times was singing and he enjoyed sharing this gift with everyone. Richard also enjoyed yard work and was known to keep his riding mower all to himself. He loved the History channel; “Patton” was his favorite movie. He also enjoyed watching NASA on television. Richard would sit for hours waiting for the space shuttle to take off.
During Richard’s last days after being diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease, he loved to sit on the front porch and drink his morning coffee. It was such a treat for him to just to be able to go as far as the porch, and now he is dancing on the streets of gold and singing with a heavenly choir.
During Richard’s life, he worked at various jobs. He served in the United States Army, National Guard, built cabinet tops for Hoffman Fixtures in Tulsa, Okla., ran his own store and gas station after moving back to Missouri in 1981, and worked as lead plumber on Fort Leonard Wood for the past 20 years.
Richard was united in marriage with Linda Foster Feb. 17, 1989, and shared 20 loving years together. They loved and shared each other’s children, Justin, Andrew, Robin, Jennifer, Sarah and Amanda.
Richard was known for his love and devotion to his family. He took care of his mother until he wasn’t able to walk anymore. He always wanted a big sloppy kiss from his kids and wouldn’t let them leave until they gave in and let him slobber all over their faces.
Richard is survived by his wife Linda of the home; six children: Justin Block and his wife Cassie of Springfield, Andrew Hendrix of St. Robert, Robin Ritchie and her husband Scott of Rolla, Jennifer Mattix and her husband Joshua of Springfield, Sarah Jones and her husband David of St. Robert, and Amanda Harmon and her husband Robert of Reaford, N.C.; 11 grandchildren: Taylor, Aaron, Chance, Teage, Noah, Tyler, Isaiah, Kayla, Jaden, Samantha, and Rebekah; his mother, Grace McClary of Richland; one brother, Herbert Gerald Hendrix of Laquey; one sister, Grace Elaine Brown of Parish, Ala.; other relatives and many friends, and man’s best friend, Couper.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Hendrix, his sister-in-law, Jeanetta Kay Hendrix, and his mother and father-in-law, Fred and Fern Foster.

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