Robert Edward Hendricks, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, died at home June 7, 2014 on his 83rd birthday. He was born to Eugene and Mary Dozier Hendricks in Jay, Florida, 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 AFB, Texas, he served at McClellan AFB, California; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Eglin AFB, Florida; the Air Force Academy, Colorado; Ramstein AB, Germany; Keesler AFB, Mississippi; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Norton AFB, California; Scott AFB, Illinois; Langley AFB, Virginia; and Eglin AFB again, from which he retired in 1986. Upon retirement, he became the pastor of The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach for seventeen years and retired from that position on December 31, 2001.
Robert, who became known as Bob when he entered the Air Force, married Barbara Ann Rodgers of Pine Level, Alabama, in June 1954. They have three children: Rodger Eugene, Christine Roberta, and Lynn Ann.
Bob is survived by his wife; Barbara; his son Rodger and wife Linda of Archer, Florida; daughter Christine of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and daughter Lynn and husband Gregory Porter and their sons Seth, Brice, and Justin of Daphne, Alabama. His sister Frances Kilpatrick of Huntsville, Alabama, 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 the Point Washington United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 12, at 11 AM, followed by a reception in The Stephen Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Washington UMC, 1290 North Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or The Community Church, POB 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.