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REMEMBERING VERNON HEDRICK '56


Vernon Hedrick ’56 died Jan. 1, 2019, at age 88. Hedrick was not only a fervent supporter of LR athletics, but also a stellar athlete in his own right. 

Hedrick helped lead his small high school, Oxford High School, to the Catawba County basketball championship in 1950 and was offered a full scholarship to Lenoir-Rhyne. He ended up playing both basketball and football for the Bears. Hedrick met his wife, Audrey Sue Collins, at LR. They were married in 1955 and were married until her death in 2010. 

Hedrick began his education career as a coach and teacher at Maiden High School (Maiden, North Carolina), where he coached three sports, served as athletic director and taught history. He then moved to Charlotte's Olympic High School, where he taught, coached cross-country, was athletic director for a time and coached boys basketball throughout his tenure. One highlight was making it to the state Final Four in basketball in 1982. Another was coaching the western North Carolina All-Stars in the state game in 1983.

After his retirement from coaching and teaching at Olympic, Hedrick became a successful real estate agent and was very involved with LR, serving on the board of trustees, on his class’ 50th reunion committee, the Piedmont Education Foundation board and as a class agent. He also faithfully drove from Charlotte and later from Greenville, South Carolina, to Hickory to attend LR athletic events. 

Hedrick is survived by his son Eric and Eric’s wife, Teresa, step-grandchildren Ryan and Jackson, Ryan's wife Jennifer, and step-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Shelby and Savannah. He is also survived by his daughter Julie Hedrick Forbes, son-in-law Daniel Forbes and their children, Warren and Weston.

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REMEMBERING VERNON HEDRICK '56
Leslie Ellis


Vernon Hedrick ’56 died Jan. 1, 2019, at age 88. Hedrick was not only a fervent supporter of LR athletics, but also a stellar athlete in his own right. 

Hedrick helped lead his small high school, Oxford High School, to the Catawba County basketball championship in 1950 and was offered a full scholarship to Lenoir-Rhyne. He ended up playing both basketball and football for the Bears. Hedrick met his wife, Audrey Sue Collins, at LR. They were married in 1955 and were married until her death in 2010. 

Hedrick began his education career as a coach and teacher at Maiden High School (Maiden, North Carolina), where he coached three sports, served as athletic director and taught history. He then moved to Charlotte's Olympic High School, where he taught, coached cross-country, was athletic director for a time and coached boys basketball throughout his tenure. One highlight was making it to the state Final Four in basketball in 1982. Another was coaching the western North Carolina All-Stars in the state game in 1983.

After his retirement from coaching and teaching at Olympic, Hedrick became a successful real estate agent and was very involved with LR, serving on the board of trustees, on his class’ 50th reunion committee, the Piedmont Education Foundation board and as a class agent. He also faithfully drove from Charlotte and later from Greenville, South Carolina, to Hickory to attend LR athletic events. 

Hedrick is survived by his son Eric and Eric’s wife, Teresa, step-grandchildren Ryan and Jackson, Ryan's wife Jennifer, and step-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Shelby and Savannah. He is also survived by his daughter Julie Hedrick Forbes, son-in-law Daniel Forbes and their children, Warren and Weston.

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