Ralph S. Hendricks

Ralph S. Hendricks, 101, of Simpsonville, husband of Marion Hubbard Hendricks, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, February 17, 2019.

Born in Bowman, GA, he was a son of the late Martin Spurgeon Hendricks and Clara Seymour Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks was a long-time member of First Baptist Church Simpsonville where he served as a deacon, treasurer and on various church committees. He served our country in the United States Army Air Force and the City of Simpsonville including City Council for thirteen years and Mayor for twelve years. Mr. Hendricks was a true statesman and dearly loved Simpsonville, the Golden Strip Community and the entire upstate of SC. He was a strong and generous supporter of young people furthering their education. He established the Hendricks Foundation and scholarships at Furman University, North Greenville University, Anderson University and Greenville Technical College which has and continues to assist hundreds of high school graduates obtain a college education.

In addition to his wife, Mrs. Marion, Mr. Hendricks is survived by their sons, Ted A. (Patti) Hubbard of Winston Salem, NC, and Kenneth (Eva) Hubbard of Simpsonville; grandchildren, Melissa Hubbard and her husband Joe Hundley, Stephanie Hubbard, Andrew (Jennifer) Hubbard, John (Victoria) Hubbard, and step-granddaughter, Megan Hubbard; great-grandchildren, Faith Hubbard, Mikayla Hubbard, and Eden Hubbard; one sister, Elizabeth Fowler; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Webb Hendricks; two brothers and two sisters.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Main Worship Center of First Baptist Church Simpsonville.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Main Worship Center of First Baptist Church Simpsonville on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow in Cannon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: First Baptist Church Simpsonville, Building Fund.

Condolences to the family of Ralph S. Hendricks

  • Honored to have known a great individual like Mr. Hendricks. He was always working to make Simpsonville a better place for all to enjoy.
    Pete & Sue Pelar

  • Lisa Forrester
    2 years ago

    Mr. Hendricks will always be near to the heart of so many. His work and dedication to our community and city will forever have a positive impact on our future and for that I am grateful. I will miss talking with him each Wednesday at Rotary and our local community bank board meetings. I send my deepest symthaybto Mrs. Marion and to the family.

  • Lisa Forrester
    2 years ago

    Mr. Hendricks will always be near to the heart of so many. His work and dedication to our community and city will forever have a positive impact on our future and for that I am grateful. I will miss talking with him each Wednesday at Rotary and our local community bank board meetings. I send my deepest symthay to Mrs. Marion and to the family.

  • I’m so sorry for his passing!! This man was super man!! He never quit going going going!! He was the nicest man and now I hope he and my father in law are cracking jokes together in heaven!!

  • Sheila Miller
    2 years ago

    What a true example of a Southen gentleman! His family and Simpsonville have all lost a great presence in their lives.

  • Col Roy & Frances Shelton
    2 years ago

    Frances and I will always have a special place in our hearts for Mr. Ralph Hendricks. 15 years ago we stumbled on a “For Sale by Owner” sign on S. Main St. and met a wonderful man. He is the reason we established The Garden House B&B. His support and encouragement are greatly appreciated and we are honored to have known him. We offer our sympathy to Mrs, Marion and the family.

  • Ray and Barbara Brown, Fountain Inn
    2 years ago

    “Miss Marion”, “Miss” Lib, and the rest of the Hendricks family, you have our deepest heartfelt sympathy. Mayor Hendricks is how I will always refer to him as. Mayor Hendricks hired me as the Police Chief in Simpsonville in the mid 80s. He was a wonderful person to work for and with. He was always a very fair man to all of the city employees. With each choice he made, it was always for the best intrest for the City Of Simpsonville. I had known, Mayor Hendricks, and his other brother, and sisters for a very long time. The upstate will surely miss such a good southern gentleman. We all can only hope that the Golden Strip will continue to grow as it has during his lifetime. Many people will always think of his for his great pride in watching this area grow and prosper. My wife and I will always have fond thoughts of Mayor Hendricks. Now our Lord, can say to him , “well done and welcome home ,my Good and faithful servant.
    Ray Brown, ret. Police chief City Of Simpsonville

  • Debbie Sims
    2 years ago

    What a wonderful man. He lived a great life and helped so many! My son was able to graduate at Furman University because of him which would not have been possible otherwise. As my son got to know Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks and the various dinners they would attend, he thought very highly of this sweet couple. Thank you Mr. Hendricks for your generosity in helping so many. You will be missed but I know you are happy where you are. Heaven has gained a wonderful man. Simpsonville is going to miss you and all of the Furman faithful will miss you too!

  • Dennis Waldrop
    2 years ago

    Simpsonville was blessed by having such a hardworking, enthusiastic and kind man as Ralph Hendricks. As he prospered, so did our town through his generosity. I can testify that, unknown to most folks, he was always willing to help others in any way that he was able. While we have lost a great leader, visionary and role model with the passing of Ralph to his home in heaven, he will live forever in the hearts of all of us who knew him. R.I.P.

  • Heather Cantrell
    2 years ago

    I remember Mayor Hendricks from my childhood days.. My Papa always took me by his office for candy- those strawberry hard candies.. I referred to him as “that tall man”. Years later, he still remembered me as “Bob’s baby girl”.
    Now you can rest easy Mayor Hendricks, your legacy will live forever!

  • Mary & Bill Starnes
    2 years ago

    Mr. Hendricks was one of the first people we met when we moved to Simpsonville in 1975. His vision and generosity have been felt in so many areas in the community and in the upstate. This fine Christian gentleman did so much for so many. We are grateful to have known Mayor Ralph. Our sincere sympathy to his family.

    “God gives us Love,
    Someone to Love,
    He Lends us……..”

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