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EDD KELLUM HENDEE Obituary
EDD KELLUM HENDEE went home to the Lord on Saturday, the 13th of February 2010.He was born on the 19th of February 1976 in Dallas, Texas and attended Second Baptist High School in Houston, the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999. Edd went on to earn a masters in English from George Mason University and then served five years in the United States Navy. As a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Denver in Operation Enduring Freedom, he led boarding teams onto foreign vessels in search of al Qaeda.Edd married the love of his life, Claudine Moore Hendee of Houston, Texas, on the 17th of February 2002, and together they had three beautiful children. He considered his family the best accomplishment of his life.After his naval service, Edd graduated from Harvard Business School in 2006, and went to work with Barry Sternlicht at Starwood Capital Group in Greenwich, where he quickly rose to vice president of acquisitions, leading the largest initial public offering at the time, the third-largest real estate investment trust raised in U.S. history, and the largest externally-managed blind pool fund ever completed on the New York Stock Exchange.Edd was extraordinary in every aspect of his life. He balanced a profound intellect with an engaging and kind heart that stemmed from his love for the Lord. He treasured his family and made common, everyday activities exceptional. Edd's tenacious spirit helped him overcome a Joe Theismann leg break, and he went on to complete a marathon and an Ironman Triathlon, despite this setback.He was a tremendous role model. He will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, mischievous smile and warm heart. Edd enriched the lives of countless family, friends, and coworkers around the globe who loved him and shared his love of life.Edd is survived by his beautiful bride Claudine Moore Hendee, son Campbell Luke, 4, son Hudson Jacob, 2, and daughter Reagan Reese, 8 months, mother Nina Johnson Hendee, father Edd Campbell Hendee, sisters Lisa Hendee Blackard and Kristin Ann Hendee, mother-in-law Norma Jean Moore, father-in-law Gary Lee Moore, sisters-in-law Gena Moore Rush and Gabriella Lee Moore, and brothers-in-law Chris Kirkland Blackard and David Rush.A funeral service and celebration of Edd's life is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 20th of February, in the Worship Center of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston, where Dr. Ed Young is to officiate.Immediately following the funeral service, all are invited to join the family for a reception in the adjacent Deacon's Parlor.A private family graveside service and interment is to follow.1 John 3:11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.In lieu of flowers or customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Claudine and Edd Hendee Children's Educational Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 901 Gessner Road, Houston, TX, 77024. -->

Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2010
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