Dr. Samuel B Hendrix III
Dr Samuel B Hendrix, III, of Norman, Oklahoma, left this life on the Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 72. He was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, on January 10, 1947, to Lt Col Samuel B Hendrix, Jr and Ina Mae Noel Hendrix. Samuel is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan, of their home in Norman, and his sister, Carol A Murray, of Okarche, OK, as well as two nephews and two nieces and their children. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean E Mueggenborg, and her husband David.
A brilliant scholar and member of Phi Kappa Phi, Samuel earned two Master Degrees from Central State University and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. He loved to teach and became an Air Traffic Management Instructor for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1987, and later worked as an Instructional Systems Designer for the FAA. While at the FAA, he was elected Union President of the Professional Association of Aeronautical Center Employees (PAACE) for 15 years from 1994 to 2009, when he retired.
Samuel enjoyed 10 beautiful years in retirement, enjoying travel to visit friends, and a quiet, but lively home life with his beloved rescue pets. Sam loved to entertain his friends, he loved Folk and Rock music, he loved Native American art and artifacts, he loved....
His Native American Heritage, Spirit, and Love of Life leave a lasting legacy.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Primrose Funeral Service Chapel in Norman, OK.
Donations in his honor may be made to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. https://www.okhumane.org/donate/memorial-donations/
Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com
Published on January 30, 2020


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Don Davis
Feb 08, 2020
Having known Sam for 30+ years I am sure that I will miss his hospitality and I consider him to be one of the smartest people I ever met. Good bye my friend . You will be missed . We will meet again in the next life.
Ken & Kathy
Feb 07, 2020
We will miss Sam terribly--he was so easy to talk to, had great taste in music, he was so kind to Mom and Dad, he was a generous soul. We will remember him and cherish these memories as long as we shall live.
Linda Chapman
Feb 01, 2020
Sam lived life boldly savoring the journey! The best thing he found was Jo, his bride of 35 years and friends who remember him fondly.