Sam Lewis Hendrix, Jr., age 78, passed away Monday September 16, 2019 at Ogeechee Area Hospice. The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County retired after 33 years of distinguished service to the United States Postal Service where he was a superintendent of postal operations. Lewis was a graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School class of 1958. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the J. Robert Smith Sunday School Class and the Statesboro Kiwanis Club. Lewis began his musical career traveling and performing with Emma Kelly. Later he became an original member of the Cyclones band. An avid Georgia Southern Eagle fan who supported the booster club for over 30 years. Lewis loved the beach and the mountains, but especially loved vacations at Disney. He loved his family.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Lillie Belle Hendrix and a brother, Joe Hendrix.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel Hendrix; a son, Bucky Hendrix; four daughters, Melanie Hendrix Lewis, Natalie Hendrix Strickland, Stephanie Hendrix and Tanice Price (Justin); two sisters, Kay Fox and Brenda Floyd; seven grandchildren, Alexis Taylor, Alaina Peay, Bubba Lewis, Joelle Strickland, Allie Lewis, Tucker Woodcock and Davin Hendrix and three great grandchildren, Norah, Oliver and Theo; his mother-in-law, Sadie Driggers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman Woods, Jimmy Woods, Glynn Dell Edwards and Effie and Ricky Joyce; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, September, 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Statesboro with Dr. John Waters and Steve Pennington officiating.
Burial will follow at Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Deal Funeral Directors.
Pallbearers will be Tucker Woodcock, Sammy Hendrix, Jason Miller, Lance Woods, Avery Woods and Doug Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the J. Robert Smith Sunday School Class, the Southeast Bulloch Class of 1958 and Ken Wilkes, David Glisson, Billy Gunter, Ricky Helton, Rufus Hendrix, Clark Hodges, Gary Barnes, John Brown, Jimmy Spiers, Skeebo Moore and Graham Bird.
Memorials may be made in Lewis’s honor to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA or to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.