Ruth Flanders Hendry

Ruth Flanders Hendry, 95, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning, June 22, 2020, at Twin Oaks Convalescent Center in Alma.

Born in Waycross August 17, 1924, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life.  She was a 1942 graduate of Waycross High School. She married the love of her life, James Bradley “Jim” Hendry Sr. and moved all over the country as a proud military wife. A talented artist, she worked at her late husband’s photography studio painting portraits. Over the years, she began working on her family genealogy and that led her to becoming involved in not only Pierce County’s history but her church’s history as well. She was very helpful in working with the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Blackshear First United Methodist Church in recording events over the years. She was the oldest member of Blackshear FUMC at the time of her passing. She was a proud mother to her three boys and an equally proud grandmother and great-grandmother. She has left a wonderful legacy of love for family and they were truly blessed to have her.

She was a daughter of the late Charles Leving and Fannie Jane Barwick Flanders. In addition to her late husband, she was also preceded in death by all of her sisters and brothers, Alma Roberts, Sara Morris, Paul Flanders, John Flanders, Leon Flanders and Henry Flanders.

Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Brad Jr. and Pamela Hendry, Blairsville, Sidney Lee and Wanda Hendry, Young Harris and David and Margie Hendry, Blackshear; five grandchildren, Kellie and Nathan Pritchard, Erin and Janssen Tucker, Brendan and Tamara Hendry, Lauren Hendry and Jessica and Ryan Cody; two great-grandchildren, Conner Pritchard and Barrett Tucker and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the First United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held  at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, from the First United Methodist Church.

Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of face masks is strongly encouraged.  Those who do not feel comfortable attending can still extend  sympathy by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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