Homestead – Reverend John Isaac Hendricks, age of 84, went to be with his Lord, Thursday January 26, 2012. The 84 year old Christian leader and gentleman finally yielded to cancer after a lengthy valiant battle.
He was born in Sodus, New York on June 17, 1927. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Francis Hendricks, wife Joann Hendricks, and daughter Carrie Wallace.
John served his lord faithfully for 65 years as a United Presbyterian Minister, usually as an interim pastor in congregations that could not afford a full-time minister. He also served 33 years as a Miami Dade County teacher and administrator. He won many local and national awards in administration in adult education. He also started South Dade Adult Education Center in Homestead, Florida. He even taught Bible courses for Saint Leo College at the Homestead Air Force Base.
Reverend Hendricks was an Eagle Scout during his youth, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonic Temples. He completed his service to God and Country as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol before his health forced him into inactivity.
John was known for his integrity and fairness. If he didn’t agree with someone, he honored their right to speak their opinion. In this way, the lifelong servant honored his Saviors’ command, “that ye love one another; as I (Jesus) have loved you” (John 13:34).
During his marriage of almost 53 years, he was devoted to his family of whom he and his wife were justly proud. The couple had four children; Susan Ramage of Ocala, Florida, Carrie Wallace of Oakboro, North Carolina, deceased October 2001, John I. Hendricks III of Miami, Florida, and Stephanie Lanning of Sodus, New York.
He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: April Ingannamorte of Altamonte Springs, Florida; Heather Ramage of Ocala, Florida; Monica Ramage of Miami, Florida; Corryn Frazer and Dean Lanning of Sodus; New York; and William, Rachel, and John Wallace of Oakboro, North Carolina; as well as Jennifer Ramage of Homestead, Florida; and Kevin Ramage of Buford, Georgia. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Veronica Ingannamorte of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Avery Ramage of Buford, Georgia.
A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration of his life will be held:
Sunday, February 5th, 2011 at 3:30 PM in the Redland Community United Methodist Church, 18700 S.W. 248 Street, Homestead, Florida 33031.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to the “Reverend John Hendricks Memorial Fund” c/o Sodus Presbyterian Church, 31 West Main Street, Sodus, NY 14551.
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