Rev. Sam R. Hendrix was know
for his gentleness and loving manner. He served in the
Christian ministry throughout the last half of his life. Sam
died in his home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996. He would have
celebrated his 90th birthday in January. Funeral services
will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday Nov. 9th at Dakan Funeral
Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Harry L. Granger of the
First Baptist Church of Emmett, Rev. Zip Zediker of the
Community Baptist Church in Arco, and Rev. Everett Berry, Ret.
Burial will follow at the Wilder Cemetery, where Sam will be
interred beside his wife of 56 years, who died in March.
Sam was born on January 29, 1907, in Lesley, Texas, and
spent the first 36 years of his on the Hendrix family farm in
Lesley. He graduated from high school in Lakeview, Texas. In
1944 Sam moved his family to a farm near Hotchkiss, Colorado,
where they lived for 9 years. At the age of 45, Sam felt
called to enter the ministry. He left farming behind and
attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where he earned
a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Sam then earned his
Master of Arts Degree in Theology at Berkeley Baptist Divinity
School and was ordained in Berkeley, California.
Rev. Hendrix pastored churches in Jerome and Wilder, ID,
Point Richmond and El Sobrante, CA., and served as an
assistant minister at MacArthur Community Church in San Pablo,
CA., before retiring and settling in Medford, Oregon, where he
was an active member of the Eastwood Baptist Church. As a
retiree, he served for several years in the Ministers at Large
program and was interim pastor at churches in Idaho, Nevada,
Washington and Montana. One of those churches was the
Memorial Park Baptist Church in Caldwell where he and his wife
returned as members in the last years of their lives.
Sam returned to the full time ministry for five years at
the Golden Gate Baptist Church in Wilder before his final
retirement in 1994. He and his wife moved to Logan Park
Apartments in Caldwell and he became an active member,
substitute minister and Sunday School teacher at the Memorial
Park Baptist Church. Sam and his wife, Edith, resided
together at Logan Park Apartments until her death. He
continued to live there, among friends, enjoying the caring
community until his death.
A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Sam is
survived by four daughters, Mary Ann Thurmond and her husband
, Tom of Vacaville, CA, Nedra Abers and her husband, lmants of
Novato, CA., Vicki Lyon and her husband, Richard of Wilder and
Sue Hendrix of Homedale. He is also survived by 10
grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.
Memorials may be made to the American Baptist Convention, c/o
First Baptist Church, 126 S. Hayes Avenue, Emmett, ID 83617;
Logan Park Congregate Care, c/o Jan McClesky, 612 West Logan,
Caldwell, ID 83605; or an organization of your choice.
Friends may call today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Dakan