Edward Cook Hendley Jr., 80, of Columbia died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. Mr. Hendley was born Nov. 9, 1939, in Starkville, Mississippi, to Edward C. Hendley and Clara M. Smith Hendley. He was married to Virginia Holmes on Nov. 8, 1960, in Jasper, Alabama.

Graveside services will be at a later date at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.

Mr. Hendley graduated from Starkville High School as a decorated student, football player and musician. He sang bass with his friends in the Stanza’s, winning a competition in Memphis,Tennessee, earning a trip to New York City. He continued to enjoy singing in barbershop quartets most of his life. He received his master’s degree in math from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 to 1968 as a navigator/bombardier during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Hendley was a math instructor at Mississippi State University then worked as a research analyst at Missouri Division of Employment Security and in the Washington, D.C., area. He later worked for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, retiring in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Hendley of Columbia; one daughter, Kate (Dennis) Wood of The Villages, Florida; one son, Bo (Dottie) Hendley of Columbia; one sister, Suellen (Larry) Oswalt of Starkville, Mississippi; and three grandchildren, Andy (Arnela)Wood, Michelle Hendley and Lexie (Josh) Hendley Browne.

To the staff of Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri, the family will be forever grateful for the love and care it gave to Ed.

Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

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