Joyce L Rhoden Hendrix

July 10, 1935April 13, 2018

Joyce L Rhoden, 82 years old, a long time resident of Houston Texas suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at her home on April 11 in Sagemont and passed away on April 13 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital.

Joyce was born on July 10 1935 in Cushing, Texas to Elsie Rogers. She grew up and went to school there while living in the home of her grandparents Henrietta and Jess Gladden. She came to Houston with her sister Lois in 1952 and went to work at the Great Southern Life Insurance Company. Later she began working part time for the International Maintenance Institute. This became not only a full time job but a lifelong career where she served as Executive Secretary for forty plus years. She developed long term business associates and lifelong friends within IMI and was still associated with the organization at the time of her death.

She married Jerrel Rhoden who passed away in 1976 and subsequent to his death Avis Hendrix who died in 2013. She was also preceded in death by her beloved grandmother Henrietta Gladden, mother Elsie Rogers, son David Earl, daughter Pamela Kay, grandson Chris and dear friend Dessie Robbins.

She is survived by her son Glen Rhoden, granddaughter Jennifer Rhoden, grandson Brandon Chao, niece Rita Fuller and friend of over fifty years Martha Cook.

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 30, 2018

Joyce L Rhoden Hendrix

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Wayman Patterson

October 17, 2018

I would echo what George Glass said, and Joyce was indeed the glue that held IMI together. We all depended on her to look after details none of us had time to take care of.

Always a lady, Joyce set a standard for professionalism that permiated the organization. On one flight out of Tulsa, sitting with my boss, I recognized the pleasant "crack" in the feminine voice behind us, turned, and there sat Joyce with one of the officers of IMI. The first copy of the New International Version New Testament I got, I gave to Joyce. She reminded me of that later several times. That was the lady she was.

My prayers and sympathy to those left behind.

Callie Hutsell

April 28, 2018

Joycie, that's what I called her, loved to dance and she danced a lot back then. She and my sister, Martha, were best friends. They let me tag along as "the kid" on a few of their adventures. Joycie was always straight up plain spoken with me, nothing phoney about her. Often her observations kept me out of mischief and her laughter lifted me out of my own misery. I know of many she has fed, housed, fussed at and loved. Including my dear Jim Cook, Martha's husband. I will never gorget her, she was one of a kind.

David Cook

April 28, 2018

Today we will celebrate the life of Mrs. Joyce, or "Lady" as we sometimes called her. All of my life she has been as much a part of our family as she is to her own. There was never a need to knock, her and her family have always been free to walk in. I was always glad to see her walk in and get peaches from the freezer, as it meant there was cobbler in our future.

When Dad was sick she came to check on him and fed him daily. Our families have grown together and grieved together over the years.

Our days are not the same without Lady Joyce in them. The Cook family will always love and miss you. I extend my love, prayers, condolences, and respect to Glen, Jennifer, Brandon, Rita, and all of her family and loved ones.

Rest in peace Lady Joyce

George Glass

April 27, 2018

To the family and friends on Joyce Rohden Hendrix,

In reading Joyce's obituary, I would have to classify myself as one of Joyce's many "IMI friends". When I became President and then Chairman of IMI, we worked closely together. I quickly learned, what one of her IMI friends, John Elder, said, "Joyce was the glue that held IMI together", was true. Later, when we learned we were the same age (although I was four months her senior) we became even closer. She would send me pictures or her spring flowers starting to bloom, and I would send a photo in return, of the four feet of snow still in my driveway.

Enough of the memories, I just want say I am sorry for your loss (and mine), and that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Joyce....

With warm regards,
George Glass