Lloyd G. Hendry
October 17, 2013
Lloyd G. Hendry was born in Fort Myers on December 12, 1922, to Fred Earl and Bertha Gould Hendry, the 6th of their 9 children. He was graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1940.
Lloyd attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1944 in absentia while serving in the US Navy. He attended FSC on a work-study scholarship and felt honored to help construct the buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The US Navy sent him to V-12 College at the University of Miami where he graduated first in his class, to Midshipmen's School at Columbia in New York City, and then to Naval Aircraft Recognition School at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State he met Jody Tharp and his life was changed forever.
He continued to serve in the US Navy as a Lt ( J.G.), acting as an instructor at the Officers Naval Training School and then serving aboard the USS Nashville.
After WWII, he attended Law School at the University of Florida. Upon graduation, he joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt, a new law firm in Fort Myers.
With the war over and his law career begun, he married Jody Tharp on September 2, 1950, bringing her to Fort Myers, and IT was changed forever.
Lloyd was associated with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt for over 30 years. In 1979, he opened his own firm with his daughter Mary Hendry Sonne. His son Harry O. Hendry later joined them and they practiced law together in Fort Myers for over 20 years. Harry O. Hendry continues the firm today.
Lloyd was a member of First United Methodist Church, his great grandfather Francis Asbury Hendry having donated the land for the church in the 1870s. He served his church in many capacities, on every committee, teaching Sunday School and heading numerous financial drives, usually with Jody as his co-chair.
Lloyd was well known for his civic activities, serving on numerous boards, committees, and organizations, giving back to the community he loved so much. He was active in Araba Temple, American Legion, Hi Noon Lions , SW Fl. Historical Society, SAR, Lee County Bar Association, and the Edison Pageant of Light.
He served as General Counsel and member of the Boards of Directors of Alico, Inc. and First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Fort Myers; was a member of the Board of Directors of Lee County Mosquito and Hyacinth Control; and General Counsel and Trustee of the Edith Collier Sproul Trust. Lloyd was instrumental in the formation of the Salvation Army in Fort Myers and was a life member of its Advisory Board. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College and was elected Trustee Emeritus.
Lloyd loved his farm on the Orange River and he and Jody graciously shared it with large numbers of friends on many occasions. Their annual Easter Party and Annual Hendry Family Reunion were treasured moments in their lives.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jody Tharp Hendry, his son Harry Orrin (Hank) Hendry (Laurel), his daughter Mary Christine (Peach) Sonne (Ken), three grandsons, Alex Sonne, James Sonne (Stephanie), Daniel Hendry, and granddaughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendry,and great-granddaughter Hannah Hendry.
Lloyd is also survived by a brother, W. E. Hendry of North Carolina.
Lloyd passed away peacefully and gracefully on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
His funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. A reception will follow in the Life Enrichment Center.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers, the Salvation Army or the FA Hendry Family Scholarship at Edison State College.
Published in The News-Press from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2013