Dr. Joe M. Hendrix


Joe Morris Hendrix of Longview passed away peacefully in Plano on Feb. 10 after a long and hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease.

Joe was born on Aug. 9, 1930, in Madisonville, to Joseph Mickel Hendrix and Mildred Morris Hendrix. He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 63 years, Ellen Skislewicz Hendrix, grandson Joseph A. Hendrix, Jr., his sister Carolyn Hendrix Spidell and brother-in-law William Spidell and Nephew James Spidell.

He is survived by his three children, Marie Hendrix Raines and her husband, Randy, of Plano, Tony Hendrix and his wife, Korinne, of Wylie, and Robert Hendrix and his wife, Mary, of Austin; and nine grandchildren, Brian Charles Raines and wife Beth, Kathryn Smith and her husband Matt, Michael Raines, Robert Hilton (Beau) Raines, Robert Nolan Hendrix and wife Lauren, Sarah Emily Hendrix, Nathan Hendrix, Leah Ellen Hendrix and Drew Hendrix. Also, five great-grandchildren, Lucian McMillan-Hendrix, Madison Hendrix, Amelia Hendrix, Finn Raines and Connor Raines; and nephew Joseph Steven Spidell.

Joe received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from North Texas State University in 1951, his master's degree in Business Administration from The University of Houston in 1953 and his doctorate in Education from Nova University in 1977. He also served as a sergeant in the United States Army in 1953-1955.

Joe began his career as a manager at Sears Roebuck in Victoria in 1955. He then became a teacher for the Longview Independent School District in 1963, after which Joe became a director at Kilgore College in 1965. In 1971, he launched El Paso Community College serving as dean of Instruction. From 1977 until his retirement he served as dean of the Longview Center, Kilgore College where he achieved many honors including the dedication of the Kilgore College Longview Center in his name. He was instrumental in his career starting educational programs for the Police, Nursing, Welding and Cosmetology. His goal was for each person to be able to live up to their full potential.

He was very involved in community service during his lifetime. He participated on several boards and community projects. They included: Board of Directors Longview Industrial Corporation, Longview Beautification Committee, Member Texas Association Post-Secondary Vocational Technology Administrators (president 1971-1972), and the Longview Chamber of Commerce (board director 1987). He was also a member of the Lions Club (president Longview club in 1987).

In addition to his career and community service projects, Joe also pursued many diverse hobbies. They included real estate broker, sailing, gardening, pastry chef, Canton First Monday fair vendor, video business, magic tricks, pool and spending time with his grandchildren. In his later years, he particularly enjoyed meeting his buddies at various coffee clubs where they talked about politics, reminisced about old times, told jokes, and solved the world's troubles. His greatest joy in retirement was running his miniature donkey farm.

Joe was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview on March 10 at 1 p.m.

His family wants to especially thank Sandra Bradley Morales, who was an angel sent from heaven to provide excellent care and friendship for more than 10 years.

Our Dad/Boppa will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kilgore College, Longview Center.