Ted D. Hennis, 81, of Amarillo, TX died April 28, 2021.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, April 30, 2021, at Hillside Christian Church Chapel, with Greg Corona officiating. Masonic rites will be by San Jacinto Masonic Lodge No. 1330 AF&AM. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Mr. Hennis was born on August 28, 1939, in Denton County, Kansas, the son of Emery and Genevieve Hennis. He graduated from Effingham High School in 1957. He attended Platt College in St. Joseph, Missouri, Amarillo College in Amarillo, and West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. He worked for American General Annuity for 46 years.
He married Shirley Jean Surritt on June 3, 1963, in Atchison, Kansas. He was a member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church, serving as a deacon and elder. He was a past master of San Jacinto Lodge # 1330. He was a plural member of Active Lodge # 158 in Atchison, Kansas, Amarillo Lodge # 731, Hansford Lodge #1040, and Past Master of – Palo Duro Lodge # 1239. He was a 33° degree Scottish Rite Mason and was appointed personal representative and chairman of the Lubbock Scottish Rite Bodies in Lubbock, Texas in 2001. He was a member of Amarillo Chapter, Council and Commandery of the York Rite, serving as head of each of the bodies and was a past Grand Prelete. He was presented the Knight Templar Cross of Honor in 2003, by the Grand Commander of Texas and was presented the Knight Commander of the Temple in 2006 by the Grand Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knight Templar of the United States of America. He was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, York Rite College, Crusader Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, and the York Rite College. He served 10 years as Intendent General of Texas Western for the Grand Council Red Cross of Constantine. He received the purple cross from the College in 2002. He served on the Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital board as a Trustee. His passion was Kids, he worked many cases sending the kids to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. He was involved with Kids all his life. He was past president of the Children’s Health Foundation in Amarillo, served on the Board of the Amarillo YMCA and the Amarillo Tri-State Fair Association. He was awarded the Sam Houston Metal in 2015 by Grand Master Jerry Miller. He was awarded the Imperial Potentate Award of Merit by Imperial Sir Jerry G. Gant in 2016.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a son, Teddy Hennis of Eagle Colorado; two daughters, Debbie and husband Kevin Sell of Amarillo, and Karen and husband Bryan Reid of Florida; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
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