Davis "Sonny" Atwell Hendren

March 20, 1932 ~ April 28, 2021 (age 89)

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Davis “Sonny” Atwell Hendren, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in his home peacefully after a long and fulfilled life.  He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Coleen Hendren; his three daughters, Teresa, Kim, and Donna; his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

            He was born to the late Fred and Daisy Hendren a tobacco and poultry farmer and long-time furniture factory worker. More than a farmer’s son, Dave was a ‘jack of all trades’, a man that never found a task too big or too difficult. Dave was often referred to as a ‘Gentle Giant’. A man that also remained humble throughout his successes.

            Throughout his life he was a Member and Deacon of the Hiddenite Baptist Church, a Boy Scout, a Scout Mater, a Marine Veteran and two-time Meritorious Service Medal recipient, a Volunteer Fireman, a Carpenter and Small Business Owner, a Sales Manager, and most importantly, a devout son, brother, husband, father, and “Pawpaw”.

            Family of Dave Hendren include: wife, Coleen Kerley Hendren.

Three daughters, Teresa Hendren Brown and husband, Kevin, Kim Hendren, Donna Hendren Patrick and husband, Tom.

Granddaughter, Danielle Patrick (Michael).

Grandsons, Shannon Clontz and wife, Heather, Ryan Clontz, Mark Patrick and wife, Jessica, John Patrick (US Marine).

Great-granddaughters, Cadence and Kendall Clontz.

Sisters, Betty Hendren and husband, Paul (both deceased), Linda Lackey (deceased) and husband, Fred Lackey.

Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and DeWhitt Patterson (both deceased), Buford (deceased) and Katherine Kerley, Lyndell (deceased) and Linda Kerley.

Nieces and family, Robin Hendren Maher and (Larry): daughters, Shelby and Hannah; Melissa Lackey Deal and (Wes): sons, Alex, Aaron and Ethan; Amanda Lackey Simpson and (Rodney): daughters, Emily, Hillary, Rebekah and son, Jeremy, Debbie Patterson and (Sandy), Phoebe Kerley Boyd and (Tony): daughter, Tiffany.

Nephews and family, Joey Hendren (Lisa), Patrick Patterson (Wes), Christopher Kerley, Michael Kerley and (Emily): daughter, Caroline and son, Everett; Todd Kerley and (Karen): son, Hunter and daughter, Natalie.

            A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Hiddenite Baptist Church. Rev. Zackary Deal will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery with full military honors accorded by Alexander County Veterans Honor Guard. .

            The body will lie-in-state from Noon until 5 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Adams Funeral Home.

Please follow all Covid-19 guidelines for all services, mask will be required.

            Memorials may be made to: Hiddenite Baptist Church, 250 Hiddenite Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

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            Adams Funeral Home and cremation services are serving the family of Davis “Sonny” Atwell Hendren.


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May 1, 2021

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Adams Funeral Homes
307 Main Avenue Drive
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Celebration of Life
May 2, 2021

2:00 PM
Hiddenite Baptist Church
250 Hiddenite Church Street
Hiddenite, NC 28636

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