Post Office Named In Honor Of Molino Man

March 2, 2008

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The Cantonment post office was named in honor of a Molino man Saturday afternoon. The post office was officially dedicated as the Charles H. Hendrix Post Office Building. Hendrix retired from the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster of the Cantonment Post Office with 37 years of service.

postory01.jpg“To have an opportunity to help this community in a small way pay tribute to a person that meant so much is a deep honor to me,” U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller (pictured left) told about 200 people in attendance at the dedication ceremony. Miller sponsored the federal legislation required to name the post office. It was signed by President George Bush on November 30, 2007.

Hendrix was born and raised in Molino, Florida, where he met his wife of 55 years, Barbara. They had three children Chuck, Rusty, and Cheryl. Hendrix was a member of Highland Baptist Church, where he served as the church treasurer, chairman of the board of deacons, and as a Sunday school superintendent. He was a charter member of the Molino Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as fire chief, assistant fire chief, and secretary of the department’s board of directors.

Hendrix was also a member of the Cantonment Rotary Club for 44 years. He served as president and was an active member of the Club Service Committee. Hendrix passed away last October at the age of 75.

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“I’m honored to stand here on behalf of the United States Congress to help dedicate this building today in the memory of a man that means so much to his family, his friends and to this community,” Miller said shortly before Hendrix’s widow Barbara helped unveil the name plaque on the front of the post office building.

po09.jpgThe ceremony featured numerous people that reflected on Hendrix’s life and lengthy service to the Molino and Cantonment communities. (Pictured left: Charles and Barbara Hendrix)

In addition to Miller, speakers included Cantonment Postmaster Harold Gebhard, retired postal employee Adrian Enfinger, Rev. Ed Cotten on behalf of the Molino Volunteer Fire Department, Sam Kirkland from the Cantonment Rotary Club, his brother Dr. Winford Hendrix, Chuck Hendrix on behalf of the family and Highland Baptist Church Pastor Brian Calhoun.

The Pledge of Allegiance for the event was led by Hendrix’s granddaughters Leslee Hendrix, Meridith Weaver, Kayla Hendrix, Cari Hendrix, Lydia Weaver, Avery Hendrix and Haylee Weaver. His niece Paula Hendrix sang the National Anthem.

Member of the Molino Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to raise the post office flag. Hendrix was a founding member of the Molino VFD and served several years as the department’s chief.

Pictured top: Hendrix’s widow Barbara Hendrix and daughter Cheryl Weaver listen to Congressman Jeff Miller speak at Saturday’s dedication. Pictured bottom: The plaque on the front of the Cantonment post office building. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos.

For complete NorthEscambia exclusive photo gallery from the Charles H. Hendrix Post Office Building dedication, click here.

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