Monday, June 13, 2011

Dr. Ralph Rush Hendricks 1927-2011

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Dr. Ralph Rush



Born in Jay, Florida, June 23, 1927, Dr. Hendricks passed away on June 11, 2011 in Dothan, Alabama after an extended illness. Dr. Hendricks graduated from Asbury College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University and awarded the Doctorate of Divinity from Huntingdon College. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Hendricks served pastorates for 40 years throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference including Crestview, Baker, Pensacola, Elba, Tallassee, Greensboro, Montgomery, Shalimar, Troy, Marion, and Pollard, and 6 years as a District Superintendent of the Andalusia District. His military service of 37 years included service in the United States Navy and as a chaplain the Alabama Army National Guard where he obtained the rank of Colonel and was awarded The Meritorious Service Medal. In his retirement years he served as Hospice chaplain in Escambia County, Florida. Dr. Hendricks was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Mary Hendricks, his brothers John, William, J.D., Luther, and Ray Hendricks, and sister Ruth Gomillion. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Kimbrough Hendricks, sons Randy (Cathie), Steve (Becky) Hendricks, and daughter Mary Kaye (Dan) Bailey, a brother Robert (Barbara) Hendricks and sister Frances (Wendell) Kilpatrick, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Honorary pall bearers are the ministers and spouses of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. The National Cremation and Burial Society, Milton, Florida are in charge of arrangements. The service will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, Florida on June14, 2011 at 2:00, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery, Chumuckla, Florida following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested to be made to First United Methodist Church, 1380 West Main Street Dothan, Alabama 36303, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida, 32504 or Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30322.

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