Robert Edward Hendricks
Robert Edward Hendricks (chaplain, colonel, U.S. Air Force retired), of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died at home on his 83rd birthday. He was born to Eugene and Mary Dozier Hendricks in Jay, Fla., the youngest of nine children.
Robert graduated from Pensacola Junior College in 1951, Troy State Teachers College in 1952, and Emory University Candler School of Theology in 1956. As a student, Robert entered the Methodist ministry and served as pastor of several Methodist Churches in Alabama. Upon graduation from seminary, he entered the U.S. Air Force Chaplaincy. After training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, he served at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; the Air Force Academy, Colo.; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Norton Air Force Base, Calif.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and Elgin Air Force Base again, from which he retired in 1986.
Upon retirement, he was the pastor of The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach for 17 years and retired from that position on Dec. 31, 2001. Robert, who became known as Bob when he entered the Air Force, married Barbara Ann Rodgers of Pine Level, Ala., in June 1954. They have three children, Rodger Eugene, Christine Roberta and Lynn Ann.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Rodger and wife Linda of Archer, Fla.; daughters, Christine of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Lynn and husband Gregory Porter and their sons, Seth, Brice and Justin of Daphne, Ala. His sister, Frances Kilpatrick of Huntsville, Ala., also survives, along with several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by two brothers who died in childhood and another who died in infancy, as well as three other brothers and a sister.
A memorial service will be held for Bob at 11 a.m. July 12 at the Point of Washington United Methodist Church, followed by a reception in The Stephen Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Washington UMC, 1290 N. Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or The Community Church, P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459.