Marcia Ann Hendrix

March 10, 1941June 3, 2018

COLUMBIA - Marcia A Hendrix, 77, a 48 year resident of Columbia, died peaceably while a resident of the Heartland of Columbia Nursing Center after a rapid decline from brain surgery in early March. A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Marcia was born on March 10th, 1941 to Art and Margaret (Bryan) Hendrix, one day after her parents’ second anniversary, in Lakeland, FL.

In 1970 she moved to Columbia, and took a teaching position at Dreher High School, teaching and elevating her students’ knowledge and appreciation of history for 28 years, retiring in 1998. Her vocation was teaching history, but her avocation was a passion for film and movies. After a short break she returned to the front of the classroom teaching English, and Film history, at Midlands Technical College. Marcia also volunteered at the Shepherd’s Center leading a course in film appreciation, as well as a group screening and discussing films at the Nickelodeon Theatre.

She is survived by her ex-husband Walter Saunders; her brother, Arthur (Barb) Hendrix, Bismarck, ND; niece Carrie (Ian) Daly and three great nieces / nephews, Portland OR; and six of her seven cousins. Marcia had no children other than her many students.

Memorials may be made to Shepherd’s Center, Columbia and St. Andrews Location, 3401 Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29204.

Memories may be shared at


  • A Time to Remember Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Samantha Richardson

June 24, 2018

Ms. Hendricks was a positive part of high school for me. I know I was not her best student, as far as history goes, but she saw what other talent I brought into clas and focused on encouraging me. I have always had a huge respect and fondness for her. Prayers for your family and friends.

Samantha Richardson Thomas
Dee her Class of ‘88

Toni Stanton

June 8, 2018

Marcia was one of a kind. Her knowledge of movies and history was phenomenal. She was a joy to listen to when she talked about these subjects. Her love , passion, and true appreciation of sharing with others her knowledge of history and her knowledge of films will be missed.

Carol McGinnis Kay

June 8, 2018

Marcia’s movie class has been a much-loved part of our program at the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews for years. She knew a phenonmenal amount about all the details of movie-making, and she was generous beyond measure in sharing her passion. It was strange and deeply sad to prepare a Spring program without her this past session. We will miss greatly her as teacher and as a friend.

Carol McGinnis Kay
Past President and current Chair, Adventures in Learning
Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews

Betsy Siemers

June 7, 2018

Thank you dear Marcia. Your knowledge of film and theater shared with others has brightened so very many lives. You will be loved and admired for many years to come. Oh, how we will miss you!

Betsy Siemers
Past President
Shepherd's Center of Columbia

Holly Gatling

June 7, 2018

Marcia was an outstanding teacher who inspired her students to learn. She also was a friend who introduced me to the wonderful world of IPads and Alexa. Marcia shepherded me into life with Medicare and Social Security and helped to demystify the government bureaucracy. I will miss her for a long time. May her precious soul rest in peach and may light perpetual shine upon her.

Cullen Zawada

June 7, 2018

Ms. Hendrix was one of the teachers at Dreher who made a huge impact on my life. Easily approachable and willing to listen to us high school students about any problems we may be facing. She knew what was going on with her students' lives, in and out of the classroom. I remember vividly her "Futures" class, which was probably a bit controversial for its time. I'm still convinced that the "new language" we invented in that class was the precursor to texting! What a loss to the Columbia community! She will always be thirty and beautiful, with that shoulder length brown hair, and braces! I am heartbroken.

Cullen Bailey Zawada
Dreher Class of 1976

Carol McAlpin

June 7, 2018

Marcia knew so much about so many subjects and generously shared her knowledge with so many of us. I was a colleague of hers at Dreher High School and later at Midlands Technical College and the Shepherd's Center of Columbia, where she taught her film class for so many years. I admired her intellect and her curiosity and, above all, her courage to live her life as fully as she could during these last two years. I, along with so many others, will miss her.

Rhonda Grego

June 6, 2018

Marcia served as Midlands Technical College (MTC) English Department Adjunct Instructor and Academic Success Center (ASC) Writing Tutor for many years after her retirement from high school teaching. At MTC she helped countless students with their writing, reading, and research skills, and was always ready for conversation with colleagues in the hallway or in professional development meetings about our students and their development. No one could doubt her passion for teaching and learning. She made a difference.

With sympathy and condolences for Marcia's family and friends,
Rhonda Grego
Midlands Technical College Faculty

lesley mullen

June 6, 2018

Marcia came into my life when I was 15 on a TV screen. She was as constant as a star, as mercurial as the moon, and as gentle as a rip tide. Then she married Walter Saunders the Pisces man who would give her Heathwood as her home. For 40 years you would not be alone.
I'll miss you Marcia.

lesley anna mullen