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People line funeral procession route to honor Deputy Hendrix

People hold flags in honor of Ryan Hendrix on Dana Road at Four Seasons Boulevard. People hold flags in honor of Ryan Hendrix on Dana Road at Four Seasons Boulevard.

As if by grace, a late summer wind whipped American flags along the route of the funeral procession that would carry Ryan Phillip Hendrix to his final resting place on Friday afternoon.

Under a hazy sky, people congregated to pay their respects along the route from Mud Creek Baptist Church to Forest Lawn Memorial Park more than two hours before the long parade of police cruisers, sheriff's vehicles, fire trucks and other first responders was scheduled to roll by.

More than a dozen members of the Hendersonville Jeep Club gathered at the corner of Four Seasons Boulevard and Dana Road. Henderson County School Board member Michael Absher, who ordered an American flag and U.S. Marine Corps flag from Amazon, posted the flags on a pole attached to an SUV in the front yard of BB&T bank at the same corner.

Hendrix, a Henderson County sheriff's deputy, was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 10 while responding to call about a vehicle break-in and shots fired in the predawn hours. He died later that day. A Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, Hendrix, 34, had been with the sheriff's office since 2012. He leaves behind two children and his fiancee.