Born in Talmo, on December 15, 1928, Sybil Ann Hendrix graduated from public school in DeKalb County in 1946, trained and worked as a nurse╒s aide at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and Downey Hospital in Gainesville after World War II. She never aspired to be a nurse but she liked her experience in nursing and was encouraged by her teacher and supervisor to consider training for the profession. She did and became, according to her peers, "one of the finest." Ms. Hendrix graduated from Crawford W. Long Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and worked as a registered nurse at Hall Co. Hospital for several years. She began her undergraduate work at Brenau College in 1958 where she was in charge of the infirmary for the college and the Academy. She was a patron to Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Ms. Hendrix received a J.D. Jewel Scholarship to attend Brenau College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1960 from the Medical College of Georgia. She was the recipient of a United States Public Health Grant while at MCG. Ms. Hendrix practiced in nursing services at Emory University Hospital, Northside Hospital, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, The Cleckley Thigpin Psychiatric Clinic at University Hospital in Augusta and the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Ms. Hendrix was Director of Nursing Services at Parkwood Hospital in 1966.
She returned to Jackson County when her parents retired in 1978, and worked several years at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she had begun her career as a new graduate nurse. She loved every area of nursing, but the last 25 years were spent in psychiatric-mental health in which she was board certified.
She was elected to "Who's Who of American Nursing" in 1986.
Survivors include a nephew and niece, Scott Kinney and Nan McNeal, both of Talmo; and a great-nephew and great-niece, Drew Brock, Dawsonville, and Maggie Brock, Talmo; and several cousins.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 2, at Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crawford Long Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association or Georgia Nurses Foundation, Inc., 3032 Briarcliff Rd., N.E. Atlanta, Ga. 30329-2655.
Ward╒s Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.