Hendry County, FL
Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry
The Fort Myers Press, Tuesday, February 13, 1917
Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry Pioneer of Lee County is dead.
Passed Away Quietly at the Residence of J. F. Menge Last Night. Funeral
Occurred This Afternoon--Interment in Family Burying Ground. Capt.
Francis A. Hendry, pioneer in South Florida, former member of both
branches of the state legislature and cattle owner, is dead. After
months of ill health, the end came to him peacefully at 9:20 o'clock
last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jno. F Menge, 153 Fowler
street. In the death of Capt. Hendry South Florida has lost one of
its foremost characters and enterprising citizens and his death is
not only keenly felt in Fort Myers and Lee county, where he has resided
for so many years, but throughout the state that he loved so well.
Capt. Hendry lived to the ripe old age of 83 years. Coming of good
old sturdy Scotch and English ancestry his life was one of utmost
activity and during which he gave his best in building up this his
adopted home and in the assistance of his fellow man. Born in Thomas
county, Ga, November 19, 1833, Capt. Hendry came to Florida with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hendry, in 1851. One year later he
was married to Miss Adeline Lanier, who survives him, and by whom
he had eleven children, five of whom are still living. hese are: Louis
Hendry, Frank M. Hendry, Geo. M. Hendry, Mrs. J. F. Menge, Mrs. E.
L. Evans, all of Fort Myers, and Mrs. Edgar Carlton of Labelle. Capt.
Hendry went to Fort Meade and there extensively engaged in the cattle
Business, a small herd east of the Peace River, being among the first
ever placed on that stream. He continued in the business until he
was glad to be the largest stock owner in the state. The outbreak
of the civil war caused him to espouse the side of the Confederacy
and and all during that regretful strife he fought valiantly for the
cause he thought was right.
In the latter sixties he moved his large herd south of the Caloosahatchee
River and moved to Fort Myers where he resided up to the time of his
death. Capt. Hendry was one of the foremost in the development of
southern Florida, especially Fort Myers and Lee county, having for
several years been one of the commissioners of the latter and representating
it in both the higher and lower branches of the state legislature.
As a devout Methodist he was a pillar of the First church of that
denomination in this city, and he will be sadly missed from its congregation.
Realizing that the end was near he on Sunday had the rights of sacrament
administered to him by Rev. J. P. Hilburn. Funeral services were held
at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the Menge residence, under the direction
of the Carl F. Roberts Co., Rev. J. P. Hilburn officiating. The interment
was in the Hendry family burying ground. off Michigan Avenue Capt.
Hendry was a member of Tropical Lodge No. 56, F and A. M., which order
extended the funeral in a body and conducted the Masonic rites at
Mrs. Francis Asbury Hendry
News-Press of September 7, 1917: --
The Death Of Mrs. Francis Asbury Hendry (Ardeline Ross Lanier) occurred
Last Night At Residence Of Her Daughter Mrs. J. F. Menge."Today a
spirit of profound sadness prevails among the residents of Fort Myers,
due to the death of Mrs. Adeline [sic] Laner [sic] Hendry, the beloved
relict of Capt. F. A. Hendry, which occurred last night at 7:15 oclock
at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. F. Menge, 153 Fowler street,
of valvular heart trouble."Mrs. Hendry was in the 83rd year of her
life, and had been a resident of Fort Myers for about 50[?] years. She
was one of the most highly respected and universally beloved of the citys
older inhabitants, and was known to practically every one who had lived
here for any length of time.
She was the mother of 11 children, five of whom are dead. She had no brothers,
and but one sister, Mrs. Cuthbert Rockner, who is also dead.Three sons,
Louis Asbury, George Milton, and Francis Marvin, and three daughters,
Virginia Lee Menge, Carrie Belle Evans and Lucretia Pearl Carlton, are
among the immediate relatives who are left to mourn her loss, her husband
having preceded her to the grave some months since. She lived to see five
of her children, Laura Jane Thompson, James Edward Hendry, Julia Ellen
Hendry and two unnamed infants, pass away. Numerous grandchildren and
great grandchildren still live to mourn her loss, to all of whom she was
very dear, and who will grieve for her with a great grief that will not
soon be comforted.The funeral service was held today at 11:30 oclock,
at the residence of Captain and Mrs. J. F. Menge, and was one of the most
largely attended that ever occurred in Fort Myers, showing the high esteem
in which she was held by the large circle of friends who had know and
loved her during her lifetime. Dr. J. P. Hilburn of the local Methodist
church presided over the impressive funeral rites of that church.
The pallbearers were : W. J. Odom, J. E. Foxworthy, C. J. Stubbs, H. B.
Meyer, M. Johnson and Frank Carson, and the burial and funeral arrangements
were the charge of the Carl F. Roberts Funeral Co Burial in the Hendry
Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 26 2006 -
Rev. Vergie Mae O'Bannon Warriner was born March 10, 1909 in
Dagonia, MO. She went to be with her Lord on Feb. 23, 2006 in Enterprise,
AL. She is survived by her children; Frank (Joyce) Warriner of Pineola,
NC, Ralph (Yvonne) Warriner of Lake Worth,Jerry (Sylvia) Warriner of
Fort Myers, Wayne (Barbara) Warriner of Fort Myers, Eleanor (David)
Piper of Enterprise, AL. She also leaves behind over one hundred grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to cherish her memory.
She was predeceased by her husband; Rev. Norman Warriner.
Viewing will be held Sunday, February 26, 2006, 6-8 PM at the Akin-Davis
Funeral Home in Fort Myers. The funeral celebration will be held Monday,
Feb. 27, 2006, 11 AM at the LaBelleChurch of God with Pastor Chuck Smith
officiating. Interment will follow in the Ft. Denaud Cemetery.
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