William Hendrix, Sr.

June 28, 2020


Mr. William Lewis Hendrix, 85, of Tampa, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2020.  A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Wednesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue with Pastor Donald Lott, officiating.  Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513.  Please follow the CDC guidelines.  Please visit for the opportunity to view service via Live Streaming.  

Mr. William L. Hendrix was a native of Vaughan, Mississippi and a resident of Tampa for many years.  He was known by friends as “Sarge”, “Bubba” and “Bill” and some even called him Fred Sanford.

Sarge loved people and all types of animals. He loved to make people laugh and never met a stranger. He traveled the world and loved giving to anyone he met. Sarge was the best fisherman, dad, granddad and great granddad. He played several instruments and loved music. He was a hard worker and very independent his entire life. 

Staff Sergeant William L. Hendrix retired from the Air Force after 21 years and went on to retire from a second career working for the Federal Government. He was an active Grand Mason until 2003. 

He was preceded in death by: his son, William L. Hendrix Jr.; mother, Susie Davis; father, Andrew Hendrix; and six brothers, Clark McClinton, Solomon Sheard Sr, Billy Chris Sheard, Manuel Sheard Sr., Homer Hendrix Sr. and Andrew Hendricks Jr. 

William is survived by: four daughters, Emma “Pat” Beasley, Sheila Hendrix Jenkins, Mary Johnson (Roosevelt), and Wonneitha Gordon; two sons, Micah Hendrix (Christina), and Andrew Hendrix (Tabatha); sister, Mary Polk; brother, Kinch Pepper; grandchildren, Angela, Aaron, Quentin, Andrew, Michael, Sheldon, Eric, Sherrick, Kendra, Ariel, Ronald, Marcus, Jaesha, Victoria, Kyndall, DeAndre, Jade and Justyce; 11 great-grands; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

The remains will repose from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue.   We are asking family and friends to follow the CDC guidelines.

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July 7, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ray Williams Funeral Home
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606-1508

Funeral Service
July 8, 2020

11:00 AM
Ray Williams Memorial Chapel
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL

Video is available for this event

Interment-Florida National Cemetery
July 8, 2020

1:30 PM
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

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