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.