Ted D. Hennis

Ted D. Hennis
Ted D. Hennis

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 officiatingMasonic 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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14 Replies to “Ted D. Hennis”

  1. Mr Hennis coached me and his son Teddy in Kids Inc . There in Amarillo when we were in elementary school .
    He was a good good man he slept in a pic up on my family ranch in New Mexico worried we would need an adult as our team was camping out alone in a cave on the Chico and Canadian river 6- miles from the ranch house . I’m so sorry of his passing even though our paths didn’t cross much at all again there is a comfort knowing there are men like him in the world . In my opinion there is a group of humans in this country that are reaching this age of 80 s plus that are perhaps the last of the sold good people in which this wonderful was built on and by .

  2. Shirley, Karen and I send our very best to you. Ted and I rode the same bus, played football together, FFA together all for 4 years in high school. He was one of the “good” ones.
    Leroy and Karen Stutz

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. I was fortunate to have worked with Ted for a number of years. and his guidance and support meant so much. He was such a remarkable man and will be missed immensely by so many.

  4. My condolences to the family. I worked with Ted off and on since 1975. Great guy with a great sense of humor. I’m sorry I was not able to attend the funeral.

  5. We will always remember how great a family man he was! Always kind taking care of his children , grandchildren, great grandchildren, and their hockey friends!

  6. Shirley, Ted was one of the kindest men I ever knew, and was a wonderful friend to Tom. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Hugs and prayers,
    Peggy Hyer Sutton

  7. Ted was such a fine, decent man. I worked with him for several years, and always enjoyed those times. He was gracious enough to help me get my daughter into the Shriners Hospital. God bless the family. Debbie, I’m so very sorry.

  8. Ted was a kind and amazing man. He helped me so much with my Masonic work.. He will be greatly missed.

  9. We just visited with him a couple of weeks ago at Dairy Queen. He was going to a meeting downtown. Had a good visit with him. Told him we sure missed seeing him at church since we have been going online. He said the family was doing great. Shirley you and your family are in our prayers.

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