The Passing of Al Hendrickson

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to report the passing of Al Hendrickson on Monday, July 28, 2014.  Al was a critical component in the development of Boxwell’s COPE program, serving on COPE from 1986 to 1989.  He was also an active member in the Brownsea program. The COPE tower at Boxwell is named for Al.  Below is his obituary from the Hermitage Funeral Home and Gardens. 


Alvin Eugene Hendrickson

Hermitage, TN

Age 86, passed away July 28, 2014. He was born August 11, 1927 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Alvin served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was in the Army, Navy and Air Force, before retiring from the Tennessee Air National Guard for a total of 40 years in the U.S. Military. He was a member of the Shriner’s and Masons for a number of years. He also served many of his retired years as a Boy Scout Master and dedicated numerous hours to Camp Boxwell, where he organized and designed the C.O.P.E. course, the repelling tower, and participated in multiple camporees. He helped many young men become Eagle Scouts. Alvin was a member of Faith Methodist Church, where he has served as Sunday School Superintendent and on the church board. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by parents, John and Julia Bylund Hendrickson; sister, Joyce Wilson; son, Michael Hendrickson. Survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Pauline Reed Hendrickson; children, Valerie McGuire (Gary), Alnita Baggett (Kevin), Brenda Dannel (Leroy) and Lori Brooks; daughter-in-law, Joy Hendrickson; grandchildren, Julia, Grace and Alison McGuire, Rhiannon Baggett, James Fox, Paul and Jeff Jewell, Lynnette Chance, Angie Orange and Amy Connell; 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Hermitage Funeral Home, with Dr. Charles Worrell, Sr., with a Military Burial to follow in the Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Thank you to Mr. Randy and the staff at the Hermitage Chick-Fil-A, where Alvin was a regular customer with Pauline, for the sandwiches, shakes, and love shown during his last years.

Special thanks to the staff and nurses at Avalon Hospice and Donelson Place for the kindness and loving care shown to Alvin.

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