Erma Hendrix – 1930-2021

Erma Hendrix – 1930-2021

ERMA HENDRIX, a Little Rock native born to Earnest P. Fingers and Margaret Crawford Fingers on June 4, 1930, was one of seven children, all of whom preceded her in death.

Erma attended Dunbar High School, and went on to attend Arkansas Baptist College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital. She later completed course work for a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Saint Louis University (Missouri). She did additional graduate studies at Ouachita Baptist University (Arkansas).

A lifetime of service, she continued to give of herself through organizational affiliations:

She served as an administrator of the Anti-Poverty Program under the auspices of the Little Rock Housing Authority; she served as an Arkansas Parole Board commissioner; always involved in Little Rock community affairs, she was a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America; She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women; a charter member of both the Downtown Neighborhood Association and Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association; her community skills served her well as she was the president of the Arkansas Conference of Branches of the NAACP from 1972 to 1975. At the time of her passing, she was serving as Little Rock City Director, Ward 1.

Director Hendrix is survived by six adult children, Loretta, Ronald, Albert, Jr., Michael (Doris), Phyllis Brown and Hyman Hendrix (Crystal); and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and acquaintances.
Erma Hendrix, a member of the Saint John Missionary Baptist Church under pastorate of C. Dennis Edwards. Many mourn her passing on September 8, 2021, Erma will be dearly missed.

There will be a memorial service Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 11 a.m., Oakland Cemetery, 2101 Barber Street, Little Rock. Masks are required. Social spacing is observed. 

A public celebration will be held at a later date.
Services entrusted to Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock, Ark., 72202 (501) 372-1305.


5 thoughts on “Erma Hendrix – 1930-2021”

  • My Condo.ences And Prayerx For The Family Mrx Hendrix Was And Will Always Be Treasured By Me Anc My Family. I Grew Up In Nieghborhoocd With The Hendrix Family And Went To School With. The Children. Mrs Hendrix Was Friends With My Mother Faye Atkins And My Aunt Ju.ia Atkins In Fact, She Was At The Hospital By My Mother’s Bedside When She Passed. I Will Forever Grateful Fof Her Services To Our Community And State For Her Tireless Effort To Make A Difference To The Social ills Jn Our Niegbor hood And State
    She Was Also A Member Of St John Missionary Baptist Church Of Which My Family Is As Well And Her Contributions To Our Congregation Will Forever Be Remembered Rest Well Mrs Erma Hendrix

  • Mrs. Hendrix was a wonderful lady. She helped me and my husband purchase our first home in Little Rock Arkansas in 1990.

  • Loretta, and all of the family: Thank you for sharing Erma with us. She was a dedicated public servant who serves as a model for all who will come after her. We share your grief at her passing; and we remembered her in our county committee meeting this past week. You (her children) are a wonderful living legacy of her graciousness and her servant’s heart. We remember her fondly and look forward to the public celebration of her life. With all of our sympathies, -AJ Kelly and family

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