J.C. “Bill” Hendrix Jr., 86, passed away peacefully Dec. 11, 2013 at his home in Allisonia. He was born April 29, 1927, in Clemmons, N.C. J.C. is fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and caring friend.
J.C. was drafted into the Army near the end of WWII and was stationed in Central America while guarding the Panama Canal and serving watch over POWs. After his military service, he returned to work with his father as a homebuilder and built over 100 unique homes during his career. J.C. was an outdoorsman and his love of the Blue Ridge Mountains brought him to Virginia in 1972 where he showed a natural gift for land development and log home building.
He was a talented horseman and operated full-service horse farms in Virginia and North Carolina. He cherished his racehorse, Suburbia (by Derby winner, Swaps) and palomino stallion, Stampede. J.C. is responsible for bringing some of the finest American Quarter Horses to the East Coast.
He owned the B-Bar-B Ranch and Clemmons Western Store, was a member of the Clemmons Baptist Church, and served as Constable for the town of Clemmons. He was a man of faith and enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes as well as volunteering as a Scoutmaster.
J.C. was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and John Carl Hendrix, and brother Bob “Fonzie” Hendrix. Surviving is his loving wife of 38 years, Susan Hendrix; son, Randy Hendrix of Winston Salem, N.C.; daughter, Lisa Mastin and husband, Robert, of Mocksville, N.C.; son, Justin Hendrix and wife, Jennifer, of Fairlawn; grandson, Evan Hendrix; granddaughter, Jacey Hendrix; sisters, Dorothy Beauchamp and husband, Jay, and Mary Ruth Wilhelm and husband, Jimmy.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville with Dennis Trail officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 1-2 p.m. at the Chapel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Coulson Church Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association (heart.org) in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.