Edward Hoover Hendrix, 89, of Hays died Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City.

Edward Hoover Hendrix was born in Watauga County on April 15, 1931, to the Rev. James Theodore Hendrix and Pearl Greene Hendrix, the third of five sons.

The family moved to Hays in his youth, and Hays was his home ever since. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Frances Josephine Felts Hendrix. Together, they had two sons, Benny and Timothy, and they had 60 years of marriage before her passing in 2012. In the last five years, Hoover lived alternately in Raleigh and Rutherfordton with his two sons.

Hoover Hendrix worked many years for Lowes Foods until a back injury necessitated his early retirement, after which he managed his farm in Hays. Known to many simply as Hoover, he was an active member of Maple Grove Baptist Church for 45 years, and was a deacon in that church community. He participated in multiple mission trips to West Virginia and supported other ministry efforts, including the Food Pantry at the Byrd Ridge Crisis Center.

In addition to his parents and his dear wife, he was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Howard Hendrix.

Hoover Hendrix is survived by two sons, Benny E. Hendrix and wife, Ai Yen, of Rutherfordton and Dr. Timothy M. Hendrix of Raleigh; three brothers, Mack Hendrix and wife, Pauline, Harley Hendrix and Ransom Hendrix and wife, Jolene; a sister-in-law, Pauline Brown; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and their children.

A small, private graveside service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Mountlawn Memorial Park, with the Rev. Vincent Adams officiating. Due to CDC and North Carolina guidelines, the service will be private for only the immediate family.  Please understand and please practice safe habits in these pandemic times. If you are planning on attending the service, please wear a mask.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charitable organizations: Hospice of Carolina Foothills (https://hocf.org/donate); Rutherford County Schools Educational Fund (http://www.rcsedfoundation.org/get-involved/donations-and-dues); and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina Endowment Fund (https://cbfnc.org/about/finances/).

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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