Jack Hendrix passed away at the age of 96 surrounded by family at his home the evening of Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Jack was born May 18, 1923, in Kingston Okla., to Dewey Hendrix and Elizabeth Compton Hendrix. He was the oldest of three children. He attended school in Kingston and was a member of the Kingston High School Alumni Association.
In December 1942, Jack joined the US Marine Corp. He landed on Iwo Jima the second day of the attack. He was present at the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. He also participated in the occupation of Japan. Jack was proud to be a US Marine and serve his country.
Upon returning home, Jack married Johnnie Evans on Nov. 1, 1947. They made their home in Tulsa, Okla., and he worked for Bethlehem Steel. After leaving Bethlehem Steel he became an entrepreneur owning a Phillips 66 service station. Later he and Johnnie teamed up with Johnnie’s sister, Ruthene and her husband, Marvin to create Henco Corporation. As Henco, they opened a store Rocky Point Grocery at Fort Gibson Lake, they purchased and operated the local water works, and acquired land and sold lots at the lake.
Retiring in the mid 1970’s, the two couples purchased an orange grove in south Texas and turned it into an RV park for the snowbirds. In the early 80’s they moved back to Kingston and made the trip back to south Texas in the winter for several years.
Jack had several hobbies. He camped and fished at Lake Texoma. He loved dancing and would go to the dance hall a couple of times a week. He enjoyed traveling and visited 49 states.
Jack was an exceptional person, he loved his family and friends and he was always helping others. For several years, he was a hospice volunteer sitting with hospice patients around Madill and Kingston. He also volunteered thru his church, Kingston United Methodist, in the clothes closet for many years.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Johnnie, two sisters; Helen Chastain and husband Marvin, Sara Mae Babcock, nieces: Marsha Daniel, Jodie Wuestenfeld, Renee Babcock, Brother in-law: Marvin Coble and wife Ruthene,
He is survived by his nephews: Dewey Chastain and wife, Kathren, Tulsa, Okla.; Eddie Babcock and wife, Rene, Conyers, Ga.; nieces: Janet Neill and husband, Brad,Oregon City, Ore.; Donna Hendricks and husband, David, Jackson, Ga.; great nieces: Sonja Ray and husband, Steven, Madill, Okla.; Angela O’dell and husband, Gary, Molalla, Ore.; Julie Earls and husband, Mike, Kingston, Okla.; Jennifer Fernandez and husband, Eric, Durant, Okla.; great nephews: Phillip Chastain, Tulsa, Okla.; Cade Hendricks and wife, Starr, Forsyth, Ga.; Doug Hendricks and wife Amanda, Tucker, Ga.; Kent Wuestenfeld, Kingston, Okla.; Jim Daniel and wife, Kim, Sasche, Texas; seven great-great nephews: Mark, Andrew, Lane, Bradley, Kabler, Hunter, Jordan; one greatgreat niece: Kaitlyn; one great-great-great nephew: Mark III (Bubba); and extended family: Jim and Janet Ayers; Stacie and Jeff Smith and boys; Stephanie and Charley Goolsby and children; Cheri Winslow and Betty Ann Willioughby.
In lieu of flowers. memorials may be made to the Kingston United Methodist Church, 100 N Willis St, Kingston, OK 73439 or Centric Hospice, 608 Bryan Dr, Durant, OK 74701
Visitation was Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Watts Funeral Home, Kingston, Okla., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a family hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Watts Funeral Home, Kingston, Okla. Rev. Toni Hignight officiated the service.
Casket bearers were: Steven Ray, Phillip Chastain, Cade Hendricks, Jim Daniel, Doug Hendricks and Hunter Daniel. Honorary bearers were: Glenn Henry, James Daniel, Jim Ayers, Mark Allen, Andrew Ray and Jordan Schrunk.
Services were under the direction of Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.