Samuel Leon Hendrix

1923-2019Hendrix, Samuel

Samuel Leon Hendrix went to his eternal home with God October 30, 2019. He was born November 6, 1923 in Beggs, OK to Edgar and Lillie Hendrix.

In high school, Sam met a beautiful girl named Violet whom he married several years later. He was in the Navy ROTC program and was commissioned 3 days after their wedding ceremony on February 28, 1944.

He served in World War II as a Lieutenant on the USS Teton. His tour of duty would take him several places, including five ports on the east and west coasts, with Vi following her Navy husband by train or bus, all over the country until his ship left for Okinawa.

Violet Jane was born in July 1945 and finally got to meet her Daddy when she was three months old. Upon Sam’s return home they lived in Emmett, ID, then moved to Bartlesville, OK where Judy Ann was born in March 1948. After living there a few years the foursome moved to Norman, OK for Sam to pursue his education at OU, where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in Petroleum Geology. The family of 4 then moved to OKC, where Jeanne Suzette was born in December 1953. Jill Denise followed a few years later in January 1958 and Janell Kay in March 1961 rounding out the family of 5 girls. Dad never did get his Gary Leon, but he loved all of his girls.

Sam worked as a Petroleum Geologist until his retirement in 1985. He loved working on the oil wells, but his biggest love was following His Lord and Savior. He served as an elder in the Church of Christ for over 30 years, and instilled in all of his daughters a strong, indelible love for Christ. Pride emanated from him as he talked about his family, which includes 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Upon retirement Sam and Vi enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. in their motor home, visiting all but two states. They lived for 11 years at Lake Eufaula before returning to Edmond in 1998, due to Vi’s Alzheimer’s disease.

He has survived the passing of five brothers and one sister as well as his wife, Violet of 62 years who died in 2006. His second wife, Jerry, also preceded him in death.

Sam is survived by his daughters Jane Buntley of Searcy, AR; Judy Forrester of Edmond; Suzette Stephens of Edmond; Jill Denton and husband Tom, of McKinney, TX; and Janell Huntsman and husband Gary of Edmond.

He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who fondly referred to him as Papoo. Todd Forrester, children Sam and Finley; Tami (Buntley) and Jon Fennel, daughters McKenzie and Emma; Tim and Risa Forrester, son Cal; Traci (Buntley) and Mike Thatcher, daughter Bella; Tara (Buntley) and Ben Bruner, children Kate and Hudson; Marik Ishtar; Amanda (Forrester) and Luke Watson, children Erin, Nora, Knox and Klein; Taylor (Stephens) Smith, children Ryli, Bryson, Kalye, and Wyatt; Bailey Huntsman, daughter Hattie; Candace Denton; Channing Denton; Avery (Huntsman) and Kendall Dykes, children Bennett, Palmer, Hendrix and Jovie; Cooper and Tessa Denton; Madison Huntsman; and foster granddaughter, Mika.

We will miss our strong tower with his knowledge, soft heart and sense of humor. He served God with a selfless heart and giving spirit, and is now home with Him.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4

Services will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Road Church of Christ with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 1:00-8:00 p.m. at Matthews

Comments

  1. My Dad (Spurgeon Leon) was given Uncle Sam’s middle name, my parents gave it to me, Timothy Leon, and we gave it to our firstborn. It is a real honor to carry the tradition of such a strong and Godly man. Our prayers are with all of you.

  2. Not only was Sam the father of my dear friend Janell, he was also an elder in the church where I was raised. I always looked up to and admired him. Many prayers and much love to the family. Your father was an extraordinary man.

  3. Sam was a rare and wonderful man. He was a joy to be with. I will be forever grateful for the love and care that he demonstrated so powerfully toward my mother, Jerry, during the last years of her life.

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