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April 18, 2024

Coleen Kerley Hendren

Coleen Kerley Hendren

Coleen Kerley Hendren, a symbol of boundless love and selflessness, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

Her remarkable life, enriched by a 71-year marriage to Dave, leaves a cherished legacy through her daughters, Teresa, Kim, and Donna; her five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Born to Donald and Hazel Kerley, Coleen was a lifelong resident of the Hiddenite community and embodied the Christian virtues of love, charity, and compassion.

Coleen’s life exemplified the essence of selfless giving, from her early years nurturing her daughters to her impactful work with special needs children at Taylorsville Elementary School, where she found deep fulfillment. Her love and kindness reached far beyond her professional life, extending to caring for her in-laws and her mother and supporting her husband, Dave, through his illness in her later years.

Coleen’s life was a testament to the power of unconditional love. She supported her husband’s military career at the expense of her educational pursuits, yet found fulfillment in creating a warm, welcoming home. Her ability to love and give selflessly was her greatest gift, leaving an unforgettable mark on all who knew her.

In remembering Coleen, we reflect on her angelic presence and the profound love she shared. Psalm 61:1-2 captures the essence of her faith and love: “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth, I call to you; I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Coleen’s legacy of love and selflessness inspires us, guiding us to embody the grace and kindness she lived by daily.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Hazel Kerley; her husband, Dave Atwell Hendren; sister and brothers, Phyllis Patterson and her husband DeWhitt, Buford Kerley, and Lyndell Kerley; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty Hendren and Paul, and Linda Lackey and Fred.

Coleen is survived by her daughters, Teresa Brown and husband Kevin, Kim Hendren, and Donna Patrick and husband Tom; grandchildren, Shannon Clontz and wife Heather, Ryan Clontz, Mark Patrick and wife Jessica, Danielle (Patrick) Baldwin and husband Michael, and U.S. Marine John Patrick; great-grandchildren, Cadence and Kendall Clontz, Rose and Grace Patrick, and Thomas Baldwin; sisters-in-law, Katherine Kerley and Linda Kerley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her body will lie in state from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Adams Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Hiddenite Baptist Church. Pastor Zachary Deal will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hiddenite Baptist Church.

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Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the family of Coleen Kerley Hendren.


  1. Janet Shaver on February 27, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    Teresa, I’m so sorry. I never knew your mom, but I remember you from school. Losing you mom is hard. May God comfort you.

  2. Chris S. Kerley on February 28, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    Coleen was dearly loved by us all, and will be dearly missed. It was a blessing to be her nephew. Knowing her and Dave was a joy and a blessing throughout the years. They do not hardly make folks like that anymore.

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