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Forest "Bud" Hendrix

May 19, 1930 - September 12, 2017

F. C. “Bud” Hendrix, 87, of Hendersonville, entered eternity on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 after a brief illness. Bud was a lifelong resident of Hendersonville and was the son of the late Emory and Leola Hendrix.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Jean Hendrix and Ruby Morrow. He was a graduate of Hendersonville High school where he played football and was the quarterback for the Bearcats.
Chief Hendrix began his career with the City of Hendersonville Fire Department(HFD) in 1955 serving as a firefighter for 37 years. He advanced through the ranks, becoming Assistant Fire Chief in 1965 and Fire Chief in 1977; where he served until his retirement in 1992.
His vision for the Fire Department was immediately felt when Chief Hendrix made major plans for advancement in firefighter training. His first initiative was developing a comprehensive HFD formal training program. He required all firefighters to take a 70-hour course in Advanced Firemanship, followed by a 12-hour pump school. He purchased new personal protective gear and radio equipment for firefighters, and arranged for the fire department radio transmissions to be monitored by on-duty police dispatchers.
Chief Hendrix exhibited a deep love for serving the City of Hendersonville and the fire service. He had a profound commitment to the firefighters that served with him and went to great lengths to ensure members of the Department had the resources and training they needed to serve their community with integrity and honor, creating a legacy still in place today. After his retirement, Chief Hendrix remained active within the City and HFD community.
He was honored in 2017, by the Lion’s Club, as “Lion of the Year.” He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church, the N C State Firefighters Association, and the Elks Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Vera Mae (Lanning) Hendrix; a daughter, Rita Ann Hollar (Rev. William); two grandsons, Jason Hollar and Jeff Hollar (Lauren); two great-granddaughters, Dylan and Blakely.
A funeral service will be held at First United Methodist of Hendersonville, 204 6th Avenue W, Hendersonville, NC, at 2:00pm on Friday, September 15, 2017, with a visitation starting at 12:30.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm

Location:

Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

204 Sixth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Service Information

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:

Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

204 Sixth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


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