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Jesse repented of his sins and was Baptisted at the Greater Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Madisonville by his youngest Brother(Pastor Ronnie Hendricks) some 20 years ago...on his death bed he told his family I am ready and want to go home(speaking of his Heavenly home)
Jesse Hendricks Jr. (1925 - 2010) | Visit Guest Book
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Jesse Hendricks Jr., 85, of Evansville passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Deaconess Hospital.
Jesse was a veteran of World War II and a member of VFW No. 1114. He was employed at Bucyrus Erie for 33 years and attended Bethel Temple. Jesse was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by daughter, Paula Riney and husband Rick; and son, Timothy W. Hendricks and friend Toni, both of Evansville; granddaughters, Kami Sprunger and husband Aaron and Kala Henney and husband Jeremy; great-grandsons, Jacob Hibbs, Noah Hibbs, Jay Henney and Duke Henney, all of Evansville; brothers, Robert Hendricks of Dawson Springs, Ky., and Dudley Hendricks, Emmett Hendricks, Marvin Hendricks and Ronnie Hendricks, all of Madisonville, Ky; sisters, Frieda Alexander and Nelva Bradley; and nieces and nephews. Jesse was preceded in death by wife, Margie L. Hendricks (2006); sisters, Dean Watson, Emma Bowles and Martha Henderson; brother, Carlos Hendricks; and parents, Jessie and Mattie (Croxton) Hendricks. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 11, 2010, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home Central Chapel, 626 N. First Ave., Evansville, IN 47714. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Revs. Dave Schwambach and Ronnie Hendricks officiating. Burial will be in Tupman Cemetery, where the Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to Evansville Christian Life Center, 509 S. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, IN 47714. Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Courier Press on May 11, 2010
--Jesse Hendricks Jr--
Thank you for being here today!On the behalf of the family I want to say thank you for not only your presence here, but for the kind words spoken to us, the beautiful flowers and most of all your prayers which we can feel lifting us up during this difficult time.
To Pastor Swambach for his supreme love and kindness that he has shown to all of us in the Hendricks family.
There was more to his life than just the last few days and months that he suffered so much.
To those of you who knew him outside the family—he was Jess---but to us he was Junior of June.
He loved his family—Marge--Tim and Toni, Paula and Rick—Grand kids and great grand kids—his brothers and sisters—nieces, nephews and Cousins. He valued all of us , we meant something to him.
He loved his friends, his God, and his Church and Pastors, altho he never let you have any peace about Indiana, he appreciated his community and his friends and the life you provided for him and his family. His Kentucky/Indiana jokes were always a source of fun for him.
Born 13th March 1925, he was 4 years old when the stock market crashed that brought on the great Depression that would last from 1929-1938 Historically it was in this time he grew into a teenager and in just a few years he would go to war, he knew poverty that myself and my generation never knew. Those years he lived at Millport and in that area and the changes he saw take place in the world and make the necessary adjustments that he had to make to live the eighty-five years that he lived. He knew how to drink the cup of sorrow and to drink also the cup of joy. His sense of Junior was a gift that brought smiles to all of our faces. He loved to tease and aggravate as we all experienced some of that from him. The lake stories, his ability to tell them like on one else can will live on forever with us that knew and loved him.
Where did he ever get the names that he used on our kids and his grand kids, and every niece and nephew? He could throw a child into and Identity crisis in a hurry, with calling them
JOHNNY GREEN BUGFUZZ---NORMAN D. HORSEHAIR----UNCLE BUD STUBBLEFIELD these were just a few of the names he came up with. “That is not my name they would say.”
He was a grateful man, he was respectful, he recognized whee his help came from as David did in Psalms 121...my help cometh from the Lord. He and I talked just recently of how much God had blessed us and I said June would you have believed how much God would have blessed us form where we came from? Today we come to honor him and his sacrifice to all of us here. I have heard Paul Harvey say when eulogizing someone: “he left the wood pile higher than he found it”. I read a book written by Tom Brokaw and with the book was a DVD also entitled -- ”The Greatest Generation”, it was about those who fought in World War II and how they set a world free with their courage and bravery, how they lived, and what they gave to us as a world and a nation. Junior was a part of that generation and he helped to give to all of us a lot of things that we take for granted. I would not want to pretend that I had any idea of just how much he gave, because I don't. I can only just try to give a feeble attempt to honor him today. We honor him today for his greatness and for being a part of that “Greatest Generation”
Just remember when you see a flag flying on any building, he helped to put it there!
When you hear “The Star Spangled Banner” being played or sang, he helped to keep the music in our ears.
When you hear “America the Beautiful”, he did his part.
When you see a Presidential Inauguration, a Presidential election, he helped make it possible.
After World War II, amazingly Winston Churchill who had rallied England and the world from the clutches of tyranny was not reelected as Prim Minister and someone asked him, “ are you bitter about this?” and he response was “That's what we fought for”.
Altho he was cemented in his loyalty toward his political persuasion he had put his life on the line so you and I could disagree with him, and when you enter your church to worship that may not have the same doctrine or the same ideas as the church down the road from you, just remember he helped to provide that freedom and privilege to all of us who attend church.
And even when you hear our country being criticized, you can thank him for that privilege of freedom of speech, and expression without fear of being beaten or tortured. He helped to provide that for us, and we honor him for that.
Someone said if you read thank a teacher, if it's in English, thank a veteran.
We're not speaking German or Japanese today because of Junior's life , he helped to make this world a better and safer place, where we could worship, live and enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy
The man that lies before us today is most deserving of that honor and respect, was he perfect? And the answer is no because none of us are. Did he always make the right choices? Certainly not because none of the rest of us have either...
Great churches, great communities and wonderful places to live are made up of great people who live there and make it what it is. He was a giver not a taker, he gave back to this community.
He always spoke so highly of Pastor Swanbach and his Son Pastor David Swambach.
Then I want to mention about 20 years ago he traveled to a place call Calvary and ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins and to come into his life, and I had the privilege of baptizing him in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of his sins. My last memory of him, was him on Saturday and he was praying and saying thank you Jesus, in the midst of all his pain, he still had his eyes upon Jesus, Longing to be with Him.
Thank you for the wonderful memories brother, we will never forget you