Obituary for Joshua J. Hendricks
Joshua Joseph Hendricks was born July 10, 2017, the oldest child of Sarah Francis and Arthur Hendricks, on the beautiful island of Jamaica West Indies. He is predeceased by his identical twin Julius and brothers George, Frederick and Merimoth. Joshua spent his early childhood and adolescent years in the Clarendon Parish, in the south of Jamaica. He worked various jobs to assist providing for his family, continuing to send money home to his mother faithfully when he emigrated to America in his early 30s.
His arrival in New York was under the guise of being able to work as a mechanic, a total misclassification for our non-mechanical dad. He was a hard worker, a trait he cultivated in each of his children. His determination, hard work and tutoring from his two older daughters enabled him to achieve his GED. Joshua retired from working over 30 years with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in 1995. When choosing a church, he settled on the Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Nyack, NY. It was here he met his future wife, Louise Victoria Kent, who predeceased him in April of this year. They were married in November 1960 and have celebrated 56 years of marriage, while raising six children.
Joshua loved his church and served as Deacon for over 50 years. He also worked as the church custodian until 2015. Joshua loved Prison Ministries, which he worked with for over 20 years. His love of the Lord, Sabbath School and Prayer Meeting will certainly ring in the memories of his fellow church members.
Joshua closed his eyes in eternal rest on October 18, 2017, after a brief illness. He leaves to mourn his six children Antoinette Louise, Myra Elizabeth, Jerold Benito Arthur Sr., Leroy Decordever, Owen Alphonso, Jennifer Alisa, his daughters-in-law, son-in-law, 11 grandchildren; Gerard, Raquel Chelsey, Jerold Jr., Amanda, Amara, Aryanna, Alexyss, Dominic, Torrance Jr., Joshua James, four great grandchildren; Sebastiane, Savaya, Milana, and Roman, three sister-in-laws; Edith Spencer, Retha Summons, Elizabeth Gaines and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalms 116:15