Leona Watson Hendrix, 68, developer, entrepreneur

February 09, 2005

Leona Watson Hendrix, a Harford County developer who helped found a bank, died of cancer Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 68.

Born Leona Watson in Sparta, N.C., she moved to Harford County in the early 1950s and attended Bel Air High School.

In 1953 she married Clive T. Hendrix, a plumber. The couple invested in real estate, and during the 1970s and 1980s developed tracts including Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, Tudor Manor and Glenville Manor.

She established, owned and operated Harford Telepipe Co., a pipeline inspection business.

She and her husband also leased commercial properties and, with other investors, founded the Harford County affiliate of the Bank of Maryland.

Mrs. Hendrix was a gourmet cook and enjoyed golf. She was a member of the Maryland Golf and Country Club.

Her husband died in 1998.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, where she was a member.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Lynne Hendrix of New York City and Elizabeth Ann Hendrix of Arlington, Va.; two brothers, Thomas Watson of Darlington and Clifton Watson of Forest Hill; and two sisters, Myrtle Slade of Bel Air and Naomi White of Richmond, Va. A son, Michael, died in infancy.

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