Son of Isham Hendon, Jr. and Mary 'Polly'
Chronicle Star Scranton, Pascagoula, Jackson County,
Fri Mar. 14, 1884 page 3
REV. DR. BEN. F. HENDON
One of the saddest events that has occurred in
this vicinity for years was the sudden and
unexpected death of Dr. B. F. Hendon, at Moss Point,
last Monday morning. The whole community was shocked
at the news. He preached at Scranton Sunday morning
and at Moss Point Sunday night, was, to all
appearances, as well as any man, but in a few short
moments from the time he was last seen in full vigor
of life he was picked up a corpes. He arose Monday
morning apparently in good health, went about his
business as usual, and about ten o'clock was in his
garden planting some seed, when the Master called
him from labor to refreshment.
A few minutes before his death he was talking
to his wife about some matters connected with
gardening, took a spade and went out; a few minutes
afterward he was found by one of his grand-children
sitting in the shade of the fence, who gave the
alarm, and when found he was dead, It is supposed he
died of heart disease. All remedies known to human
art were used in trying to resuscitate him, but his
spirit had flown to realms beyond earth's life
cares; his soul was at rest in that beautiful home,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens;
his Heavenly Father had called him and he had obeyed
the summons presumable without a murmur.
Dr. Ben. F. Hendon was born at Raleigh, N.C.,
February 6, 1818, died at Moss Point, Miss., March
10, 1884, and was aged 66 years, 1 month and 4 days.
He had been a practicing physician for forty-five
years, and was ordained to preach the gospel in
1866, and spent his life in trying to heal the
bodies of his fellow creatures, and in pointing
their souls heavenward.
He moved to Moss Point from Evergreen, Ala.,
the latter part of December, 1882, and commenced
preaching to the Moss Point and Scranton Baptist
churches as pastor in January, 1883. He was an
honorable, high-toned Christian gentleman; one of
the best men who ever lived; was dearly beloved by
his churches and the people generally, and his death
is lamented by all who knew him.
He leaves a wife and a large family to mourn
his death, but they grieve not as those who have no
hope, for his soul is at rest in the Lord, and He,
who rules over all will provide. Farewell, for a
season, dear, good pastor.
Benjamin Franklin Hendon married Matha T. T. Cobb
January 5, 1843 in Sumter County, Ala.
He served in the CIVIL WAR in the 26th Alabama Reg't
Infantry (O'Neals Company)