GERALDINE DAVIS HENDRIXSON was born on March 22, 1920, grew up in the Dry Creek community of DeKalb County, and died on May 24, 2017. She was the daughter of William Marshall and Martha Helen Corley Davis. She graduated from Liberty High School where during a production of a play, she met her future husband, Sellars Hendrixson of Smithville. Gerry and Sellars were married for sixty-five years until his death in 2003. They lived all their married years in the house that she designed as a young woman, and that her family members still love and enjoy. She loved beauty and had impeccable taste. Her interest in interior design, architecture, landscape, fashion, and art lasted throughout her life. In her mid-80’s she was a passionate member of the interior decorating team at her beloved First Baptist Church. Her graceful signature touches are prevalent throughout the sanctuary.
Gerry was known and loved for her generosity, compassion, graciousness, and enthusiastic love of life. Her friends were legion, spanning all ages and walks of life. She loved entertaining and her hospitality was legendary. All who knew her valued her wit, warmth, fun-loving spirit, and kindness.
Gerry was devoted to her family and received her greatest joy in caring for them. From her, they learned about bravery, grace, self-sacrifice, and appreciation for life. Gerry’s family will always cherish their sweet memories of her.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Davis Hendrixson, and six siblings.
Gerry is survived by her daughter, Linda and husband Don Fuson; her son, Billy and wife Pam Hendrixson; her grandchildren, Radley Hendrixson, Hunter and wife Monica Hendrixson, Brad and wife Nathalie Fuson, Martha Fuson Holder and husband Patrick; great-grandchildren, Rosson, Carlie, Ella, and Max Hendrixson, Sasha and Katia Fuson, and Patrick and Sellars Holder.
Gerry requested a family graveside service. Dr. Jim E. Hunter, nephew, of Louisville, KY, will officiate the private service at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville, TN.
The family would like to thank Gerry’s devoted family physician, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps. They are also deeply grateful for her support teams at Webb House Retirement Center and Caris (Hospice) Healthcare of Cookeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 West Church Street, Smithville, TN 37166, or the charity of your choice.
Love Cantrell Funeral Home, Smithville, in charge of the arrangements.