Biographical Sketch On
The Life Of Joyce Hendrix
Joyce Hendrix was born April 16, 1905, at Yuma, Tennessee. He was the son of Tom Albert and Mary Eva (Morris) Hendrix. He attended David Lipscomb High School in Nashville, Tennessee, and Clarksburg High School at Clarksburg, Tennessee. After high school he attended Freed-Hardeman College at Henderson, Tennessee, where he received a degree in Bible in 1952.
October 4, 1931, Joyce Hendrix married Miss Ruby Lee Pruett. To this
union two boys and four girls were born. The boys were Weldon Leaford
and Paul Gaylon. The girls were Mary Juanita, Helen Marie, Joyce
Augustine, and Evelyn Virginia.
was baptized into Christ in September, 1919, by J. Stanley Jones. He began
preaching in 1921 at the age of 16. His first sermon was preached at
Christian Chapel, Holladay, Tennessee. At the beginning he preached
for numerous churches in the area where he lived.
During his years of preaching, Joyce worked at the following: Greeley, Colorado from 1937-1938 and the church in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1939-1940. He preached for rural churches in Tennessee from the beginning of World War II until around 1950. In 1952 while living in Henderson, Tennessee and attending Freed-Hardeman College, his family suffered when a violent tornado tore through town destroying their home.
Other churches included: Senath, Missouri, 1955-1956; Hornersville, Missouri, 1956-1957; Rawlins, Wyoming, 1957 - 1958; Italy, Texas, 1958-1960; Candler, North Carolina, 1960-1966; Rogersville, Tennessee, 1966-1968; and Lenoir, North Carolina.
Joyce toured the Bible lands three times and made many movies and slides that he used in teaching, especially in interesting non-Christians in understanding the Bible.
all his endeavors and accomplishments, however, he derived the greatest
sense of satisfaction from assisting struggling churches in mission
fields where few others cared to labor. In the passing of Joyce Hendrix,
small congregations and mission areas have lost a true friend and
dedicated servant of the Lord.
In 1947 he published the Woods-Nunnery Debate on Baptism, and Apostasy. In addition to preaching, he was a very talented painter. He painted several hundred charts on sheets for over 100 preachers including A.G. Freed, A.B. Barret, Ira A. Douthitt and many others. He enjoyed photography and photo engraving that provided income needed while he preached for small and struggling congregations. For a few years he also produced High School annuals. Many small churches still show the paintings of Joyce Hendrix every Sunday when the curtains of their baptisteries are drawn. In addition to sheet charts and baptisteries he also painted curtains.
departed this life May 4, 1977, at his home in McKenzie, Tennessee. He
was survived by his wife, Ruby Lee; two sons, Weldon Leaford Hendrix and
Paul Gaylon Hendrix; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Juanita Benson, Mrs.
Helen Marie Sargent, Mrs. Joyce Augustine Cheatham, Mrs. Evelyn Virginia
Conner; three brothers, Arnet Hendrix, Olive Hendrix, Leslie Hendrix;
three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Dodd, Mrs. Lorrelle Jordan and Mrs. Hettie
service was conducted at the Christian Chapel Church of Christ in
Holladay, Tennessee, with Rex Buford officiating. Burial was in
Parsons, Tennessee, with interment in the Hendrix Cemetery.
For This Sketch Were From - Gussie Lambert, In Memoriam,
Streveport, LA c.1988 pages 139,140 , Nashville, Tennessee.
, Nashville, Tennessee.
Location Of The Grave Of Joyce Hendrix
From I-40: Joyce Hendrix is buried in the Hendrix Cemetery near Parsons, Tennessee. In West Tennessee take I-40 to Exit 116, Natchez Trace State Park Exit. Travel south (Cty. Rd. 114) into the park until you come to the intersection to the major intersection, where the park offices, stores, etc. exist. Turn left on County Rd. 882 (Parsons Road) and travel a few miles (Road winds a good bit but stay on this County Rd). You will cross over into Decatur County. You will then turn right on Cedar Hill Rd. You will then come to an intersection where Cedar Road will go to the left of right. Stay to the left. Go to the second little road to the left. This will be Hill Cemetery Rd. (Remember: If you get back to Cty. Rd. 882 turn around and go back about a mile and then the little road will be on your right.) Hill Cemetery Road is a gravel road running east from Cedar Hill Road, about a half mile north of the intersection of Cedar Hill Road and Evanstown Road. The cemetery is mown.
highways 412 and 69 in Parsons, go west two blocks on highway 412 and turn
north on CR 882 (Bible Hill Road). Go 4.5 miles and turn left on Evanstown
Road and go 1.5 miles. Bear right
on Cedar Hill road for .5 miles. Turn right onto a gravel road (covered
with grass) which is between two houses. You can drive about 100 yards,
but will have to walk the rest of the way. There is a metal gate to cross
and from there walk for about 300 yards until you come into the wooded
area. The cemetery of 15 graves is enclosed with a barbed wire fence.
Special Thanks To Tom Childers of Henderson, Tennessee Who Recently Found And Took Pictures Of The Hendrix Grave Marker, And For Sending In Good Directions To The Cemetery.