Grady Milton Hendricks, 77 and lifelong resident of Lumberton, passed away Tuesday at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Grady was born May 4, 1944 in Lumberton, the son of Jewel Thomas and Nannie (Voss) Hendricks. He grew up on the family dairy farm, learning early on what work was all about. Grady had to drop out of school to help on the farm, but joined the Army National Guard in the early 1960s. He served for six years, working through Hurricane Camille in 1969. After his military discharge, Grady worked for Paraplex in Lumberton for a while before going to work for Hess in Mobile, AL. He was injured while there and unable to walk for six years. After a long road back through many doctor visits, surgery and rehabilitation, Grady was finally back on his feet. He went to work at Cooper Power Systems as the store room clerk, staying there for twenty-seven years. He and Almedia were introduced in early 1999 and wasted no time, getting married July 31 that same year. They have lived on Little Black Creek Road ever since. Grady was a Christian by faith and lifelong member at Olive Baptist Church. A dedicated, hard-working provider for his family, Grady enjoyed making concrete yard items in his spare time. He would build the molds and pour them himself, making many pieces over the years. When he wasn't doing that, Grady loved football, especially SEC football. He bought the SEC package and had no problem spending most every Saturday watching games. He followed Dak Prescott at MSU, and even watched the Cowboys after Dak was drafted. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Grady was preceded by his parents, Jewel and Nannie Hendricks; four of his five siblings: sisters Gearoleen Gamble and Janette Parker, and brothers Wendall and Frank Hendricks. Left to cherish his memories are: his loving wife of almost 22 years, Amledia; their children: Greta Hendricks of Lumberton, Kim (Kirby) Rogers of Sumrall, Christopher (Barbara) Reid of Carnes, and Latisha (Chris) Herrin of Lumberton; his remaining sister, Pat (Cecil) Hathorn of Moselle. He leaves a legacy of six grandchildren: Samuel and Justin Faggard, Mariah Elliott, Jessica Hickman, Amy Reid and Bradley Johnson; five great-grands: Cleston, Dakota Lynn and Cofer Hickman, Wylder Stephenson and Leigha Parker, along with numerous extended family, friends and neighbors. The family has set services for Friday, July 23rd at Trinity Funeral Services in Lumberton. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by a chapel service at 11:00. Afterward Grady will be laid to rest in Byrdline Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Hendricks family in their time of need and asks everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.
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