Services for E.J. Vanuel Hendrix will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with naval honors.
Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Pallbearers for E.J. include Jerry Hood, Tommy Phillips, Larry Hendrix, Drew Porter, Wayne Hendrix, Garron Marsh, and Bryan Marsh.
E.J. Vanuel Hendrix, or “E.J.” to his family and friends, was born on April 27, 1924 in Cookson, one of nine children born to Fred and Effie (Dean) Hendrix.
Upon graduating from school, E.J. was enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight for his country in World War II. He served with honor from Feb. 17, 1944, until, Jan. 3, 1946, as a gunner on the carrier USS Essex, and was discharged and returned to Tahlequah.
He married Miss Flora Keys on April 3, 1947, in Carthage, Mo. This union was blessed with 67 years of companionship and two children, Sherlyn and Ronnie.
E.J. made a living by owning and operating several retail businesses in the Tahlequah area. He loved people, and had a smile that made him your friend instantly. He had a genuine interest in the development of Tahlequah and surrounding areas, such as Keys.
When he wasn’t working, E.J. was a member of Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 10 and attained the 32nd Degree. He also was a member of the Shriners. E.J. loved music, and was especially fond of bluegrass and Big Band music, such as Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller. He was proud of his service to his country, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion in Tahlequah. He liked to travel and see new sights, and enjoyed the occasional trip to the fishing hole for an afternoon of relaxation with his family.
He loved his time spent with his wife, family, and especially his grandchildren. He was proud of every endeavor they made and was always there to support them whenever possible.
E.J. passed from this life on Jan. 13, 2013, in Muskogee, with his family by his side. E.J. was 88 years old. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
E.J. is preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Ronnie Hendrix.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Flora of the home in Muskogee. He leaves his loving daughter, Sherlyn Phillips of Tahlequah. He leaves his brothers, Truman Hendrix, Elmer Hendrix, Wash Hendrix, J.D. Hendrix, Sam Hendrix, Curtis Hendrix, and M.F. Hendrix; and his sister, Artie Davis. His legacy lives on in his adored grandchildren, Bryan Marsh and wife Trena, Jodi Porter and wife Kelly, and Garron Marsh and fiancé Meredith Lee. He is remembered lovingly by six great-grandchildren, Delaney, Cassidy, Erin, Natalee, Andrew, and Tecumseh; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.