Benjamin Richard Hendley, a 28-year resident of Annapolis, died peacefully January 15 of complications from COPD at South River Health & Rehabilitation Center. Ben was born August 24, 1928 to Hilda Smithson Hendley and James Byron Hendley in Tyler, Texas. The family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he attended school and then the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Marines in 1946, was discharged in 1950 and was shortly called back to duty for the Korean War. He was a sales representative early in his career for the Frederick Post Company in the Washington D.C. area and Leet-Melbrooke, until his retirement with Rowley-Scher Reprographics. In retirement, he transported child patients to the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve and the American Legion, the Masons and Shriners, in which he served as Director of Shepherds. He was a reader and enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, several Safaris to Kenya, later on cruising and until recently owned a property in the Southwest Florida Coast. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara, and his son, Forest Collin Hendley of Falls Church, VA. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 3551 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Online condolences may be made at the www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Jan. 26, 2014