Richard Wayne Hendrix
SPARTANBURG, SC– Richard Wayne Hendrix, 92, of Spartanburg, SC, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Dick (known affectionately to family members as ‘Daggie’) was born on April 28, 1924 in Spartanburg to parents Edna Vandora Barnett and William Earle Hendrix, Sr.
He attended high school in Spartanburg and obtained his GED in Corpus Christi, TX. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 2, 1941, in Charleston, SC, six months before Pearl Harbor. As an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, he served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Franklin and USS Bennington. While on the USS Bennington, he survived a kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa. He participated in operations in Saipan, Tinian, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and ‘The Tokyo Invasion’ when Japan surrendered. He earned The American Defense Service Medal, The American Theater Campaign Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with five Bronze Service Stars), The World War II Victory Medal, and The Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on November 20, 1945. Thereafter, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of South Carolina where he obtained his degree in Business Administration.
Dick was a retired businessman and investor. He was extremely inquisitive, always with a keen intellect, was a voracious reader, and was a lifelong student of history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He was a lifelong Gamecock fan and completely devoted to his family and country. He was especially known for his generosity to all the members of his family, whom he deeply loved. ‘Daggie’ was a strong man with a very big heart. In greeting family members, he was often heard to say, ‘Who loves you? Daggie does!’
Dick was married and devoted to his equally devoted and loving wife, Barbara Lynnwood Kennett Hendrix for 68 years. They had three children. He is survived by his two sons, Richard Wayne Hendrix II (Carol Anne) of Atlanta, GA and Mark Norwood Hendrix (Judy) of Cincinnati, OH; his five grandchildren, Richard Wayne Hendrix III, Elizabeth Hendrix, Katherine Hendrix, Ashley Lindsay Smith, and John Charles Lindsay II; five great-grandchildren, Crosland Lamb, Barrett Lamb, Grant Hendrix Smith, Haley Lindsay, and Jackson Lindsay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins scattered throughout the United States. He was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly Hendrix Lindsay; two brothers, Charles Norwood Hendrix (Spartanburg) and William Earle Hendrix II (Omaha); and sister, Margaret Elaine Wedding (Indian Hills, MD).
The family will receive friends 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. A service honoring his memory will follow at 12:00 noon at the Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dale Rawlings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to veterans or hospice organizations.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2017
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