Joel Dean Hedrick, 101, of Little Rock, formerly of Warren, died on August 31, 2014.
Mrs. Hedrick was born on Sept. 27, 1912 at Monticello and was the daughter of the late Joel William and Mary Melinda Givens Cunningham.
She grew up in Southeast Arkansas and graduated as valedictorian of Warren High School in 1930 before attending Monticello A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) for two years and received her certification to teach English. She taught school at New Edinburg, then Warren High School.
In 1937, she married Kimbro Young Hedrick and moved into the house at 500 North Myrtle in Warren where they lived for most of the 69 years of their married life.
Although Mrs. Hedrick quit teaching school, she taught Sunday School in the First Presbyterian Church for years, touching the lives of many of the youth who grew up in the church. She was also an active member of the Women of the Church at First Presbyterian where she served in leadership positions for over 50 years.
Her primary occupation was being a homemaker for her husband and her four children. In addition to caring for her family, she ensured that her children had their homework done, had music lessons, and attended church.
Mrs. Hedrick served as president of the PTA and under her leadership, the organization raised money to start the first lunchroom to serve hot meals in Warren’s schools. She loved to read and share books with family and friends, and for years she enjoyed working as the church librarian.
Upon her husband’s death in 2006 at the age of 99, Mrs. Hedrick moved to Little Rock to live near her daughter, Jane.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Hedrick was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Mary Hedrick Causey, who died in 2012.
Mrs. Hedrick is survived by three of her four children, Jane Hedrick Beachboard (Jim Beachboard), Little Rock, Ellen Kay Hedrick (Tom Bacon) of Durham, North Carolina, Mary’s husband, J.P. Causey of West Point, Virginia and the Rev. Bill Hedrick (the Rev. Catherine Robinson) of Albuquerque. New Mexico.
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held September 5 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. A graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. prior to the memorial service. Arrangements are by Frazer’s Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Arkansas, the Warren YMCA, or the Warren Public Library.