October 06, 2021

SHELDON- Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brookline Cemetery in Republic for Donald George Hendrix, 84, Sheldon, who died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Cox Hospital in Springfield.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to Sheldon High School for a scholarship to be awarded to a senior this year in care of the funeral home.

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Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lorna Hendrix, Sheldon; three children, Carman Crowley and husband John, David Hendrix and wife Kerrie and Suzanne Kirbey and Dwayne Smith; eight grandchildren, Amanda Maddox and husband Jay, Melinda Crowley, Hanna Yoder and husband Isaac, Brandon Kirbey and wife Brooke, Devin Hendrix, Trevor Kirbey and wife Marissa, Austin Hendrix and Matthew Kirbey; eight great-grandchildren, Anna Bella Maddox, Aubree Maddox, Lila Maddox, Elliott Maddox, Weston Yoder, Maylee Yoder, Braxton Kirbey and Oakleigh Kirbey; one brother, David T. Hendrix and a niece and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Hendrix and one sister, Barbara.

Mr. Hendrix was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Springfield, to Thomas and Francis (Evans) Hendrix. He was united in marriage on April 18, 1968 to Lorna Ann (Daily) Hendrix, and they were blessed with four children.

Mr. Hendrix served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1958. After his military service he attended Southwest Missouri State College (currently MSU) to fulfill his Bachelors of Education degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Education Administration. After graduation he worked as an educator for over 35 years, teaching mathematics at several schools and colleges including Sheldon, where he also served as a high school principal. In his free time he enjoyed gardening, planting, caring for trees and watching westerns. He was a member of the Living Church of God in Joplin, Missouri.