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Barbara Ann Hendricks

April 7, 1935 April 28, 2018
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Obituary for Barbara Ann Hendricks

Barbara Ann James Hendricks was born on April 7, 1935, the first daughter and second of five children to Addie Mae and Nathan Benjamin James, Sr.

The members of the James family were pioneers in the ministry of St. Paul A.M.E. Church S.W. Detroit and Barbara Ann accepted Christ at an early age. Her “Popa” was a director in the music ministry for over 50 years. In later years Barbara Ann followed in his footsteps as a director of the youth and young adult choir, which became known as the Celestial Choraleers. Her encouragement for all young people to worship and enjoy church music was summed up by her favorite saying, “If you can talk, you can sing!” She shared her love of music for many years; teaching the most contemporary Gospel music of the day, as well as classical sacred music, hymns and spiritual songs.

Educated in the Detroit Public Schools system, Barbara Ann continued her education, becoming one of the early women to work outside of the home in her community. She was employed for many years as a legal secretary and went on to earn a degree as a paralegal which resulted in her employment with a prominent law firm in the Detroit area. Upon moving to Huntsville, AL in 1987, Barbara spent many years as the secretary at her beloved Phillip’s C.M.E. Church, where she also taught bible class and served as a member of the Steward Board.

Barbara Ann was known for her elegant style - even in jeans and tennis shoes! She embodied the gift of hospitality, and always opened her home and her heart to family and friends. Barbara Ann loved things of beauty – art, music and the world around her. One of the highlights in her life was traveling to Paris with her son, Michael. Barbara especially enjoyed traveling and visiting with her siblings and looked forward to their annual excursions.

Always open to learn new things, Barbara’s children made sure that their Mom stayed computer and tech savvy and well supplied with materials to create beauty through her oil painting, drawing sewing and design crafts. Barbara Ann cherished her children, grandchildren and great grand and in 2017, after 30 years in Huntsville, moved back “home” to Detroit to be closer to her family.

Barbara Ann leaves to celebrate her life, daughters Jo Ann (Jerry) Hardy and Courtney (Gregory) Johnson; granddaughters, Aaron (Desmond) Hardy-Smith and Jessica Hendricks; grandson, Elijah Johnson; great-granddaughters, Zola and Eden Smith; brother, Nathan B. James, Jr.; sisters, Dorothy Dye of Valdosta, GA and Marilyn (Arnold) Humphrey of Decatur, GA; a sister in law, Audrey James; many loving nieces and nephews; her two church families: St. Paul A.M.E. (formerly S. W. Detroit) and Phillips C.M.E. in Huntsville, Alabama; and the staff and her new community of friends at Hartford Village Senior Residence in Detroit. Barbara’s beloved sons, Donald Keith James and Michael Reginald Hendricks, and her brother, Richard Talmadge James, Sr. preceded her in death.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Saturday, May 5th at 1pm. Friends may visit beginning at 12 noon. Service of Committal and Reception immediately following at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201.

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