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Local businessman, David Noble Hendry 71, went home to his lord and savior, Jesus Christ Tuesday afternoon July 19, 2016.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on July 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas with Dr. Kyle Henderson and Perry Smith officiating.
David was born September 19, 1944 in Athens, Texas to Earl and Ethel Hendry. David was an active member of First Baptist Church where he was ordained a deacon in 1974
Under the leadership of the Rev. James Bond. He was a graduate of Athens High School and TVCC Jr. College. Board member of Henderson County crime stoppers and Henderson County Historical Society. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting with his sons on their lease in Colorado.
He loved farming, gardening flowers and growing plants. He loved people and never knew a stranger. He was a life time member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and served as co-chairman in the the East Texas Chapter.
He was a life time member of the NRA and the East Texas Arboretum. David and Doug Tanner along with help from Bill Key at First State Bank and Neil Hunter at First National Bank were the driving forces that brought the East Texas Arboretum to life and was still currently serving on the board.
David coached Athens teenage baseball and the little league basic ball for 25 years alongside his assistant coach, Billy McCaleb. He served as Athens teenage baseball president for 2 years. He took the Yankees to state twice and will always be remembered as coach.
David and wife, Janet of 50 years lived in Longview, Texas where he was Electrical Superintendent for Brown and Root Construction. David later went to work as Electrical superintendent for Wilson Henderson Electric and worked on the University of Texas of Tyler. He decided to go into business for himself and they moved to Athens in 1971. Built their own home and raised a family on the family farm. In October of 1976 Hendry Electric Service Inc. was formed.
David has worked on just about every building, bank and church in Athens.
He loved his family and work and will be truly missed by scores of people. He did two mission trips to Mexico with Jim Wren and the Amigos Internacionales, a non-profit Organization in early 70's. He loved helping others.
He is preceded in death by parents, Earl and Ethel Hendry, brother Charles Hendry and sister, Jerry Baker. David is survived by his wife, Janet of 50 years. Sons; Scott Hendry, Brian Hendry and wife Teresa. Wade Hendry and wife Jennifer. Grandchildren; Hunter Hendry, Alexandria Hendry, Gunner Land Hendry and Blaine Hendry. Sister; Ellen Hendry. Brother; Ron Hendry and wife Alice. Sister; June Greene and husband Louis. Brother; Don Levassar and wife Jeri. Carol and Dale Hunt, David and Becky Loden, Pat Anding, Ronnie and Bonnie Loden and Billy and Connie Rogers. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Monty Montgomery, Billy Harold Rogers, Cliff Bomer, Matt Allen, Bob Foster, Jason Greene, and Bryan Blackwell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Keno Brown, Johnny Brown, Hunter Hendry, Blaine Hendry, Gunner Hendry, Alexandria Hendry.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home.
If desired memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Christian Academy 105 S. Carroll St. Athens, Texas 75751 or to East Texas Arboretum P.O. Box 2231 Athens, Texas 75751.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family, you may do so at www.carroll-lehr .com.
Published on July 21, 2016
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