Hendrys celebrate 80th anniversary
William Edward and Althea Hendry. of Cullowhee, formerly of Maggie Valley, celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary March 23. They were married in Punta Gorda, Florida.
The Hendrys have three children, four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and have been residents of the Western North Carolina area since the 1970s. They are from the Fort Myers, Florida, area but vacationed in Western North Carolina since the 1950s.
Edward was an architect and builder in the Maggie Valley area, where some of his retro-inspired homes can be seen. His family members were early settlers of the Fort Myers area and his great-grandfather, Captain Francis Asbury Hendry, served as a Confederate captain and is the namesake for present day Hendry County, Florida. Cpt. Hendry also named Lee County after the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee.
Althea’s father emigrated from Scotland and settled in the Fort Myers area during the early 20th century, where Althea was able to meet Thomas Edison. He handed Althea her high school diploma in 1929.
Althea celebrated her 102nd birthday in January and Edward will be 100 in June. They are avid gardeners and traveled to places such as Scotland and England up into their 70s. They credit their longevity to an active lifestyle and no alcohol or tobacco. They spent much time together pursuing hobbies and currently take good care of each other as they age. They celebrated their anniversary at Ryan’s Steakhouse, complete with a visual program that celebrated their lives.