Earl Hendricks was born on May 24, 1939, in Woodall to Robert Franklin Boudinot Hendricks and Nellie Elizabeth Mathews. He attended Woodall School and graduated from Tahlequah High School.
Earl experienced death at an early age, at only 4 years his daddy died but he vividly remembered that day for the rest of his life. Then, at the age of 14, tragedy struck again, when his momma died.
Earl worked hard all of his life especially after he was granted majority rights at age 14; at that point he supported himself. He had a job picking strawberries all summer in order to buy his first horse for $25, which figures out to 31cents a day. He didn’t have enough money for tack, so he cut strings off his Brother Henry’s hay bales to make a headstall and reins.
In 1961, he met and married Sue Marie Barnes. To this union three children were born, Sharon Kay, Houston Earl, and James Alan. They lived in Ashland, Kan., and while there he worked as a cowboy, a job he loved. After that, the family lived in various places.
Earl moved to Shattuck in 1987. Earl and Coralee married May 1, 1993. They were married for almost 21 years. He was a good husband and a great son-in-law to Nadine, whom he loved as if she were his own mother. They spent many enjoyable hours playing pitch. Earl was loved by Coralee’s children, grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, one of whom was Gunter, who was like a dad and mentor; two sisters; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law; and beloved niece Becky Lynn Potts and beloved nephew Gunter Lee Hendricks; first wife Sue; pitch opponent, Nadine; also special friend and fishing buddy, Leroy Myers.
He is survived by wife, Coralee, of the home; children, Sharon Lantelme, Houston Hendricks, and James Hendricks; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kay Lynn and Justin and sons Ethan, Brayden and Kanon Holliday; Austin Lantelme, Lane and Garrison Hendricks, Bryan and Melissa Schoepf, Tyler Schoepf, Ashley and daugher Paityn Bamberger, Kirby Hendricks and Meagan Hendricks; two stepsons, Blane and Scott Pshigoda and families; two nephews, Joe Brady and Gregory Tangney and families; sister, Joyce Raley; sister-in-law Zoe Ann Brady, who loved “Earl Dean” very much, and extended family; two very special great nieces, Nadine and Miranda Brady, who made wonderful memories with Earl and Aunt Coralee during the many hours spent in their home. A special blessing in Papa and Nana’s life was born in March of 2009 to Madge Brosh.
In September of that year, Coralee began to babysit “their little Jaykey.”
Around age 2 he began to spend more time at Nana and Papa’s house with many overnight visits. When Jayke started school, those overnight stays were kept to Friday and Saturday nights only. Jayke would ask nearly everyday, “Is it the weekend yet?” And sure enough, like clockwork, every Friday night and most Saturday nights, little Jayke McClain Brosh was at their house. In a very short time Earl and Jayke were inseparable. Earl loved that little boy with all his heart, and everybody knew that Jayke was truly “papa’s boy!”
Funeral services were held Dec. 30, 2013, in the United Methodist Church, Shattuck, with burial following in Shattuck Memorial Cemetery. Services were arranged by Shaw Funeral Home, Shattuck.
Condolences may be made to the family and memorial tribute viewed at shawfuneralhome.net.