To speak in the parlance of the American Cowboy that Bobby loved to emulate, Bobby Hedrick went to his last round-up on February 10, 2017. Born February 24, 1937 in Mangum, Oklahoma, Bobby died at Pleasant Valley Health Care Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, two weeks to the day short of his 80th birthday.
His parents moved to Muskogee in 1946, when the Reverend Hedrick accepted the position of Chaplain at the VA Hospital. Bobby's mother, Lallah Melba Childress Hedrick, was an accomplished musician and taught piano for several years in Muskogee.
Bobby was crippled by cerebral palsy at birth but became an accomplished wood worker alongside his father in their workshop in the family garage. Bobby liked to make crèches (manger scenes) as Christmas decorations; these he sold to earn a little money to buy his Christmas gifts. He will also be remembered for his Christmas wreathes with a worn-out cowboy boot in the center. Perhaps Bobby will best be remembered by the big three-wheeler that he pedalled all over the city.
Bobby was closely associated with St. Paul Methodist Church where he volunteered for clean up at the prayer breakfasts and for countless other chores. He was as friendly as they come, or like Will Rogers, he "never met a man he didn't like."
Bobby had his favorites on TV, and he was crazy about Red Skelton. Being a talented artist, Bobby once painted a big picture of Freddy the Freeloader, stub of cigar in his hand, and took a photograph of the picture and sent it to Red. Skelton sent Bobby a letter praising the painting, to Bobby's utter delight.
Bobby is survived by his sister Marilena Hedrick Ferguson's children and grandchildren, mostly of Denver, Dallas and Kingston, RI.
A memorial service will be held at 10am, Friday, February 24th, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, in Muskogee. Graveside services will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Whitewright, Texas, where he will be buried beside his parents. Donations in Bobby's honor may be made to Compassus Hospice, in Muskogee, or St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on February 22, 2017