Morris Leo ‘Big Moe’ Hendricks, 73, enjoyed a career as a truck driver

Morris Leo 'Big Moe' Hendricks
Morris Leo ‘Big Moe’ Hendricks

Morris Leo “Big Moe” Hendricks, 73, returned home Wednesday, March 6, 2019, due to complications of lung cancer. Mr. Hendricks was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Carlinville, Illinois, to his parents, Jessie and Rosemary Hendricks.

He worked at numerous places as a young adult, including working for with railroad and security for the coal mines in Gillespie and Carlinville, Illinois. He married Johnnie Mae Earp in June 1966. The Hendricks resided mostly in Staunton, Illinois, where Morris worked as a truck driver and Johnnie became a nurse. In 1998, they moved to be closer to their daughter in Virginia Beach, where Morris continued his truck driving career. He retired in 2006 and dedicated his remaining time to his children and grandchildren, as well as riding his bicycle, fishing and just enjoying nature.

Mr. Hendricks is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kandy and Lee Drake of Virginia; son, Monte Hendricks of Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Megan Hendricks of Missouri; son, Kristopher Hendricks of Illinois; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Leon Schumacher of Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Susan Hendricks of Kansas; brother and sister-in-law, Brian Hendricks and Valerie Jarman-Gosch of Illinois; stepsister and brother-in-law, Donna and Mark Rauzi; brother and sister-in-law, Rollie and Grace Hendricks of Utah; brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Allison Hendricks; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Cindy Hendricks of Kansas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Meier, Jesse Meier, Mary Drake, Natasha Richardson, Joseph Richardson, Alessa Drake, Zackary Drake, Nicholas Hendricks Jr., Emilee Drake, Jeramy Hendricks, Harrison Hendricks, Jamison Hendricks, Jacob Hendricks, J.D. Hendricks, Olivia Hendricks and Gabriel Hendricks and eight great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Brodey, Lucien, Scarlett, Emilia, Mary Jaylene, Leviathan and Joshua (Scooter); and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jessie and Rosemary Hendricks; loving stepfather, Donald Hayes; wife, Johnnie Mae; son, Joshua Kane; and sister, Theresa Henderson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 10, at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mr. Hendricks’ life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mr. Hendricks’ memorial fund at, or send donations to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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