Albert Randel Hendrix, SR.
On June 28, 2013 Dr. Albert Randel, "Randy", Hendrix, 66, died due to cancer at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, MS. His death followed a long history of service to others having served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, 36 years in the Mississippi Department of Mental Health followed by teaching at William Carey University in Hattiesburg and consulting with mental health agencies.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, at 10:00am at Mt. Olive Methodist Church located in the Whitfield community of Jones County. Rev. David Hagan will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. Olive Methodist Church Cemetery.
Dr. Hendrix was born in Pinola County, MS to August 17, 1946 to Howard Roy and Marjorie Corrine Hendrix. He received his Bachelor's degree & Master's degree in Special Education at the University of Mississippi. Upon receiving his Master's degree he went to work at Ellisville State School as a special education teacher/grants writer. He later received his Ph. D. in special education from the University of Sothern Mississippi. In 1975 he became Director of the North MS Regional Center (Oxford) being the youngest director of a major facility in the nation. While there he taught adjunct for Ole Miss. Later Dr. Hendrix became Chief of the Bureau of Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disabilities) serving simultaneously as Director of NMRC. In November of 1986 he was appointed Executive Director of the MS Department of Mental Health from which he retired in 2007. He was the longest serving Executive
Director of a state mental health department in the U.S. While serving as Executive Director the state was able to broadly expand and improve services by both improving institutional services as well as expanding services within the community to persons with psychiatric and cognitive disorders as well as their families. He was a strong proponent of professional development of employees facilitating such opportunities. He was quite active in related professional organizations. While serving in the DMH Dr. Hendrix was the recipient of multiple honors and awards both by professional and volunteer organizations in mental health as well as governmental organizations. Upon his retirement he & his family moved to Jones County where he became involved in raising cattle and teaching as an adjunct professor in psychology at William Carey University in Hattiesburg coordinating internships for undergraduate gerontology students in long term care facilities. He was an active member of the Ellisville Rotary Club. He served as a member of the board of the MS Department of Health and the MS Department of Rehabilitative Services. He served on the Pine Belt Airport board.
Dr. Hendrix was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandy , four children, Jo Ellen Townsend (Jeffrey James Townsend, Sr. ), Sarah Elizabeth Marshall (Justin Joe), Albert "Randel" Hendrix, Jr. (Christina "Chrissie" Holston Hendrix), and Sandra Louise Hendrix (soon to be son-in-law John A. Augusto). In addition he had 3 granddaughters Grace Abbigail Townsend, Jessica Elizabeth Townsend, (baby to be Kate Elizabeth Marshall, and two grandsons Jeffrey James Townsend, Jr. & Holston "Holt" Randel Hendrix. Additional survivors were sister Louise Thomas of Bartlett, TN, Jamie Hendrox of Pope, MS and Tommy and Bud Hendrix of Batesville, MS
In lieu of flowers persons are asked to donate to either the Mississippi Department Of Mental Health "Dr. Albert Randel Hendrix, Sr. employee appreciation fund" at 1101 Robert E. Lee Building, 239 N. Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Phone: 601-359-1288. Fax: 601359-6295 or to the
at 1380 Livingston Ln, Jackson, MS 39213. Phone: 601 362-8874.
Visitation will be held from 4:00pm - 8:00pm on Sunday June 30th at Ellisville Funeral Home of Ellisville, MS which is in charge of arrangements. 601-477-3797
Dr. Hendrix's body died on the 28th. Because of his contributions to others he will never die as his memories and principles will pass from generation to generation.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.ellisvillefuneralhome.com
Published in the Hattiesburg American on June 30, 2013