Alva Jean Knight Hendrix, of Newport, Arkansas departed this life to return to our Father in heaven on April 12, 2014.

She is survived by two daughters; Rhonda Pounders of Newport, and Bridget Hendrix and partner De De Shannon of Fort Worth, Texas,  two sons; Marcus Hendrix and wife Angela of Arkadelphia, and Clifford Hendrix and partner Angie Burgess of Newport, one brother; Michael Knight of Tuckerman, three grandchildren of the home; Devan Hendrix, Coty Hendrix and Darian Pounders, fourteen grandchildren, and fiancé; Bill Davis of Jonesboro.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Alvie William and Knoxie (Gates) Knight.

Alva Jean was known to her family, friends and community by the name “Momma Jean.”  She was a nurturing woman by nature, which makes the name so fitting.  She has been playing drums and singing since the age of 15, when offered a chance to sit behind a set of drums in her parents’ home during one of the gatherings for music among friends.  Her father, Alvie Knight purchased those drums for her, and the rest is history.

Momma Jean was a textbook definition of a “Mother” and “Grandmother.”  Affectionate, loving, kind and nurturing to all whom came into contact with her.  Always quick to hug, kiss or compliment, Momma Jean had enough love to fill the oceans.  She was a graduate of ASU Newport class of 2012 with an associates in Liberal Arts.  Her passion to peruse college at the age of 62 was to keep tabs and a close eye on her grandchildren.  

She was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Tuckerman where she played drums and sat in her pew with close friends to worship our Lord under the Steller pastorship of Brandon Gates.  When you met her in one of the local stores you should plan to be there a while because she stopped and talked with everyone.  She loved her children, grandchildren, family, friends, music, God and Life.  Eyes of an angel, a kiss of a true mother and hands that healed when she wrapped them, around you or her drum sticks.  Momma Jean, what a legacy.  

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Holden Avenue Church of Christ.

Interment was in Gracelawn Cemetery.

Visitation was 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.