HENDLEY, Joseph Bernard ‘Joe’

Joseph Bernard ‘Joe’ Hendley

Birth: May 24, 1944
Death: December 12, 2012


Mr. Joseph “Joe” Hendley, age 68, of Cowarts, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held 3 pm Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Gamble officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Joe’s granddaughter, Savannah Goldsmith, will provide graveside music.

Joe was born May 24, 1944 in Bullock County, AL and lived there the early part of his life. He moved to Abbeville at an early age and was a 1963 graduate of Abbeville High School. He is a US Army veteran and served in Korea. He later worked with the Dothan Police Department and Farley Nuclear Plant as an inspector prior to working with Del-Cook Lumber Company in Adel, GA before retiring in 2002. Joe was an avid University of Alabama football fan who enjoyed fishing, camping and entertaining family and friends.

His parents, Annie Owena and Clyde Hendley and his brother, Bill “Bubba” Hendley, all of Abbeville, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Saundra Hendley of Cowarts; one son, Joey (Stacy) Hendley of Cowarts; two daughters, Penni (Rob) Durham of Dothan and Kelli (Mark) Hunt of Enterprise; three grandchildren, Brandon and Savannah Goldsmith and Preston Hendley; four sisters, Molly “Tootsie” Alford of Opp, Gloria (Joe) Hicks of Eufaula, Sheila (Jimmy) Whitehead of Abbeville, Deborah Stephenson of Abbeville; and two brothers, Buddy Hendley of Dothan, Don (Judy) Hendley of Abbeville. He has numerous well-loved nieces and nephews, as well as, his best friend and beloved dog, Rusty.

The family would like to thank everyone for the kind words, remembrances, support and kindness during the loss of our husband, father…..

Robert Byrd of Sunset Funeral Home, (334) 983-6604, is in charge of arrangements. Please call us or visit www.SunsetMemorialPark.com for more information.

Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Midland City, Dale County, Alabama, USA – Plot: Garden of Peace, Lot 310-B, #1

Criminal Details

The Dothan Eagle
Dec. 31, 2013

Houston County has eight capital murder cases pending and none went to trial over the last two years.

Half of them have scheduled trial dates set for later this year, including one as early as next month.

Two of the eight pending capital murder suspects will now be approaching the seven and eight-year marks in 2014.

The oldest of the pending cases is also the first one scheduled for trial this upcoming year.

Marcus Rivers, 26, of Dothan, was charged by Dothan police with capital murder robbery in the shooting death of Patrick Dixon on April 19, 2006.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Hamilton Street and Third Avenue in Dothan. He was also charged with attempted murder for the injuries suffered by Tyrance Byrd during the same shooting.

Two other people, Everett Morton and Michael James, already went to court for their involvement in the Dixon murder.

James pleaded guilty to a lesser murder charge and received a 30-year prison sentence. Morton was already convicted of capital murder, but that case has been reversed for a new trial.

Attorneys Derek Yarbrough and Shaun McGhee were appointed to represent Rivers in court. Rivers has been scheduled for trial on Feb. 10, 2014, in front of Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway.

All eight of the capital murder suspects remain held in the Houston County Jail without bail.

If convicted of capital murder each suspect faces the death penalty or life in prison without the opportunity for parole.