City of Simpsonville

Simpsonville Remembers Former Mayor

All will be ‘eternally grateful’

February 18, 2019 - 6:32 pm

Simpsonville, S.C. — The City of Simpsonville mourns the passing of former Mayor Ralph Hendricks and remembers his legacy of public service.  Mr. Hendricks, who served as mayor of Simpsonville from 1975 to 1987, died Sunday, leaving a City heartbroken for his loss but appreciate of all he did.

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Current Simpsonville Mayor Janice Curtis, a friend of Mr. Hendricks, was saddened by the news of his passing.  “Mr. Ralph Hendricks left a legacy for which all of Simpsonville will be eternally grateful,” Mayor Curtis said Sunday. “Mr. Hendricks’s generosity to young people, our community and the entire Upstate is tremendously appreciated.”

The City of Simpsonville honored Mr. Hendricks in December by revealing the plaque “Hendricks Plaza” at the very clock tower that Hendricks’s donations brought to South
East Main Street, in addition to the Simpsonville library.

Mr. Hendricks, who lived to 101, served in the U.S. Air Force and on Simpsonville City Council for 13 years before becoming mayor. A strong proponent of education, Hendricks created academic scholarships at Anderson, Furman and North Greenville universities and Greenville Technical College.

Community Relations Specialist Justin Lee Campbell said the love, respect and honor the City has for Mr. Hendricks quickly became apparent when he started his position.  “After becoming part of the City of Simpsonville team last June, I soon learned Mayor Hendricks was one of the MVPs of that team,” Campbell said. “This statesman lived through the Great Depression, fought for his country in World War II and gave of his time, energy and money for the betterment of Simpsonville. That is a legacy.”

Mr. Hendricks will be laid to rest in Cannon Memorial Park after a funeral service at First Baptist Church Simpsonville on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The family asks those wishing to
send flowers make memorials to the building fund of First Baptist Church Simpsonville.

“Mr. Hendricks often said that he thought the Lord had forgotten he was down here,” Mayor Curtis said. “I believe the Lord knew we still needed him. (Sunday) morning, the
Lord decided Mr. Hendricks’s work was done and called him home.”

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