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Willard Anthony Hendrix, 68, of Crossett, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 7, 2023, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Tony was born to Willard Wilbur and Eddie Lee Kelley Hendrix on August 8, 1955, and was the middle child who shared a special and lasting bond with his two sisters. His life was filled with a vibrant love for family, nature, and the simple joys of life.
Tony, a 1973 graduate of Crossett High School, treasured memories with his classmates, highlighted by their recent 50th class reunion where he enjoyed reconnecting and reminiscing. A proud alumnus of Louisiana Tech University, Tony graduated in 1977 with a degree in Forestry/Business, a field where he made lifelong friends and that perfectly matched his profound connection with the outdoors. His love for nature extended beyond his academic pursuits into his passion for hunting and fishing.
Tony's Christian faith and love for his church were central to his life. Over the years, Tony dedicated his time to various roles in the church, ranging from involvement in the multimedia ministry, to teaching, singing in the choir, and serving as interim choir director. This dedication extended beyond the church through his involvement with the Desert River Boys Quartet, where he harmoniously blended his musical talents with his deep faith.
Tony's culinary skills were a source of delight for his family and friends. His home was a place of warmth, laughter, and unforgettable meals. Tony took great pleasure in sharing his famous Hot Crackers during the holiday season, and looked forward to the summertime when he would eagerly can his favorite food - pickles. Tony's sense of humor, characterized by his dry wit, brought laughter and fun to all who knew him. He was not only hilarious but also creative, expressing his artistic side through his love for videography, photography, and deejaying, hobbies that allowed him to capture and enhance the special moments of life. He greatly valued and looked forward to the annual Hendrix/Letlow family reunion, a gathering that brought together loved ones in celebration of family ties.
His devotion to his family was unwavering. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Leah Griffin Hendrix, daughter Sarah Hendrix and partner Alex Browning, son Max Hendrix and fiancée Morgan Rogers, sisters Margaret Barnett and husband Jerry, and Susan Doss and husband James. He embraced his role as stepfather with love and care for Landon Mercer and wife Suzann, Lance Mercer and wife Shannon, and Mason Mercer. Tony’s legacy will live on through his grandchildren, Logan Mercer, Remi Browning, Caitlyn, Natalie, and Ryan Breedlove, and Carter Kelly who will always remember their Papaw’s love and playful spirit. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a special aunt, Remona Hisaw.
Join us in celebrating Tony's life on Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett, AR, with pastors Doug Hibbard and Ray Brown officiating. Visitation will be held at the church starting at 1:00 PM, where family and friends can gather to honor Tony's memory, followed by interment at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Jerry Barnett, James Doss, Shane Barnett, Marc Doss, Bill Green, Richard Letlow, Donald Letlow, and Phil Kelley. Honorary pallbearers are the members of his Mt. Olive Sunday School class.
Tony's life was a beautiful journey filled with adventure, love, and laughter. As we remember him, let's celebrate the joy and happiness he brought into our lives. He will be forever cherished and never forgotten.
The Hendrix family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of CARTI, Ashley County Medical Center, and Baptist Health Medical Center for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett AR 71635