Those Who Loved Me When I am gone, release me and let me go. I have so many things to see and do, You must not tie yourself to me with tears, be thankful for our beautiful years. I gave my love to you and know it was from the heart. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown, but now it’s time I travel on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust, It is only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your hearts. I won’t be far away, for life goes on, so if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you will hear all my love around you soft and clear, and then when you must come this way alone, I will greet you with a smile, and say “Welcome Home.”
As we retrace the footprints of Gussie Annette Hendrix-Mitchell, we can only give thanks for the many lives she touched and enriched along her life’s journey.
Gussie, or Annette as we all knew her, began her journey of life on November 24, 1951, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas as the daughter of Lee Guster Sr. and Mabel Hendrix. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized as a young child at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Throughout her adulthood she attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Gussie grew up to be a loving, fun-spirited and intelligent young lady. Gussie was a 1970 graduate of Peake High School where she was a cheerleader and very popular amongst her classmates. She had a beautiful smile and would always tell you whatever she felt. Which made her one of the most loved sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3 NKJV). The Lord blessed Gussie with four healthy children; Juan, Martha, Barry, and Jonathan of whom she loved and nurtured immensely, taking her role as a mother as her most prized attribute. Gussie worked hard and made many sacrifices to take care of her family. Her children were her pride and joy. Gussie also opened up her home to anyone that needed a helping hand, giving from her heart sharing with her loved ones. Gussie taught her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to respect themselves and to follow the golden rule --"Treat others as you would want to be treated.”
Gussie was a dedicated employee of the Group Living, Inc. She currently worked as a Direct Service Provider and she loved her job so much. She possessed a nurturing and loving spirit that transcended above her job.
During all of her 66 seasons, Gussie made friends regardless of race, gender, faith or creed. She freely offered wise counsel and inspired everyone who crossed her path. Family, as well as friends, will miss her sense of humor, smile and love, but will never forget Gussie’s spirit and compassion.
Although Gussie lived what some may call a short life, those who were touched by her understood that the quality of her existence far exceeded the quantity of time many of us spent with her.
She was welcomed to her eternal home by her father, Lee Guster Hendrix Sr.; mother, Mabel Hendrix; sisters, Jo Ann Hendrix, Myra Hendrix, and brother, Leo Hendrix.
Gussie leaves to celebrate and honor her life’s journey; her children, one daughter, Martha Hendrix of Alexander, AR; three sons, Juan Hendrix of North Little Rock, AR, Barry Hawkins of Gurdon, and Jonathan (Crystal) Mitchell of Hot Springs, AR; her five sisters, Kathy (Robert) Herron of Little Rock, AR, June (Garland) Poke of Little Rock, AR, Alfreda (Rudy) Garland of Arkadelphia, AR, Jennifer Hendrix of Little Rock, AR and Kim Hendrix of Arkadelphia, AR and four brothers, Ronald (Lametric) Hendrix of Little Rock, AR, Lee Guster Hendrix, Jr of Jackson, MS, William Hendrix and Mark Osborne all of Arkadelphia, AR. She also leaves an aunt, Virginia Marquise Mitchell of Topeka, KS; a sister-in-law, Vicki Hendrix of Arkadelphia, AR; special friends, Kimberly Houston-Williams, Claudette Smith, Loretta Summerville, Teresa Smith, Sandra Morris and Mattie Bailey. She also leaves ten grandchildren whom she loved so dearly. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Submitted by the Hendrix Family