Hoover Hendrix

April 15, 1931 ~ July 18, 2020 (age 89)


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

Edward Hoover Hendrix was born in Watauga County on April 15, 1931—the third of five sons to the Rev. James Theodore Hendrix and Pearl Greene Hendrix. The family moved to Hays in his youth, and Hays has been 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, Edward lived alternately in Raleigh and Rutherfordton with his two sons.

Edward 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 as simply 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; Ransom Hendrix and wife, Jolene; 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 at 2:00 PM at Mountlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Vincent Adams officiating.  Due to CDC and NC 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(; Rutherford County Schools Educational Fund (; and
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC Endowment Fund ( 

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Private Graveside Service

Mountlawn Memorial Park Cemetery
196 Fan Key Rd.
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659


Hospice of Carolina Foothills
374 Hudlow road, Forest City NC 28043

Rutherford County Schools Educational Fountation
382 W. Main Street, Forest city NC 28043

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC
2640 Reynolds Road, Winston-Salem NC 27106

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