William Anderson Hendricks
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Mr. William Anderson Hendricks (RET MSGT U.S. Army), age 89, of Madison, Indiana formerly of Fairbanks, Alaska and Dry Ridge, Kentucky entered this life on April 6, 1931 in Franklin, Kentucky. He was the loving son of the late Jesse Thompson and Julia Ellen Huffman Hendricks. He was a 1949 graduate of Dry Ridge High School. He entered the United States Army on January 30, 1951 and was honorably discharged on October 30, 1952 receiving the purple heart Medal. He reenlisted on September 15, 1961 and made a career of the Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant (E-8) and was awarded another purple heart. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1980 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He had also served in the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery during the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Gonell Jeraldine Purvis on April 11, 1955 in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with two sons, John Daniel and James Russell and a daughter, Edna Sheryl. While living in Fairbanks he and Jeraldine were members of the University Baptist Church. William had also climbed Mount McKinley in his early 30's and was proud of his accomplishment. He and Jeraldine decided to stay in Alaska after his retirement until 2012 when they moved to Madison, Indiana. He was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover, Indiana, Disabled American Veterans, and the Order of the Purple Heart. He was past master and member of the Fairbanks F. & A.M. Lodge No. 12 and was a 33rd Degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. He enjoyed his family very much and found great knowledge in reading. William had endured the effects of being exposted to Agent Orange from the Vietnam War and suffered with the illnesses caused by the exposure. William died on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 7:04 p.m. at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Survivors, wife Jeraldine Purvis Hendricks, sons, John Daniel Hendricks, James Russell Hendricks, grandsons, Jesse Coleman, Elijah Daniel; his great grandchildren, Gavin Wayne and Neema Danielle, brother, George Samuel Hendricks. Funeral, Friday, December 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Gary Cox, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, 205 Eibeck Lane in Williamstown, Kentucky with full honors. Visitation, Thurs. 4- 7:00 p.m. and Friday after10 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial, University Baptist Church. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover or online, www.morgan-nay.com