MOCKSVILLE-Mrs. Mary Proctor Hendrix, 51, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
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Mary was born May 19, 1961, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Launita Eye Proctor, Ph.D., and Dan W. Proctor, Ph.D. She moved to Shelby in 1969 with her family, where she attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Mary graduated valedictorian from Crest High School in 1979.
Mary attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1983. She then taught high school biology in Conover. This job marked the beginning of her passion for teaching that would follow her throughout her life.
In 1984, she married Chris Hendrix, moved to Mocksville, and started a family. As a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Mocksville, she was actively involved in children's and youth ministries. For several years, she taught Sunday school, played in the hand bell choir, and assisted with children's choir. Mary also taught preschool at First Methodist.
After more than a decade of teaching preschool, Mary decided to continue her education at Appalachian State University. In addition to taking classes for her Master's degree at Appalachian, she began working at Cooleemee Elementary School in 2000, where she passionately taught Title I reading. In 2002, Mary received a Master of Arts in Reading Education from Appalachian. She was also recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa (an international honorary sorority for women educators), the International Reading Association, American Reading Forum, and Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading. In 2009, Mary was inducted into Gardner-Webb University's Gallery of Distinguished Graduates.
When Appalachian created a doctoral program in Reading Education, Mary's professors invited her to enroll. She accepted the challenge, and her research focused on fluency, a crucial area of reading development in children. After a few years, she began teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Appalachian. She especially loved this phase of her career because both she and her students shared the same passion for teaching. Mary was also heavily involved in a reading clinic that Appalachian conducts each summer in Davie County. She directed this clinic from 2008-2011.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Christopher "Chris" Hendrix of the home; two daughters, Maggie Hendrix Foster (Derrick) of Fleetwood, and Mary Rebecca Hendrix of Mocksville; her parents of Shelby; one sister, Becky Greene (John) of Milford, Pa.; two brothers, Dr. Steve Proctor (Rita Smith) of Concord and Dan Proctor (Kim) of Cherryville; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary also leaves numerous friends and former students who have been deeply inspired by her faith, zeal for education, and her love of life.
A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 3, at First United Methodist Church of Mocksville. The Rev. Joe Collins, D. Min., officiated, Darrell Morris, Ed.D., delivered her eulogy, and Mrs. Shirley Cottle shared a message. The choir, directed by Barbara Basham and accompanied by Tommy Dunn, sang three anthems chosen by Mary. The family received friends at the Family Life Center at First Methodist following the service.
Funeral Home: Eaton Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Hendrix
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mary Hendrix Memorial Fund: ASU Reading Education, P.O. Box 32014, Boone, N.C. 28608; or Cooleemee Elementary School, 136 Marginal Street, Cooleemee, N.C. 27014; or Neurosurgery Research Fund for Brain Tumors, c/o Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27157-1021.
Online Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 7, 2013