Command Seregeant Major Robert Bartgis Hedrick, U.S. Army Ret., 75, died in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland., Feb. 5, 2002.Born in Beckley, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Thomas Hubert and Nora L. Bartgis Hedrick.
He retired from the Army after having served his country during World War II in the European Campaign and the Korean War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He had worked at Motorola for 20 years. Since his retirement in 1979, he has lived in Bermuda Run. Before that he had lived in the Annapolis and Washington areas. He enjoyed golf and fishing.
Sergeant Major Hedrick is survived by three sons, Robert H. Hedrick of Bel Air, Maryland, David P. Hedrick of Silver Spring, Maryland, and James W. Dent III of Pawleys Island, South Carolina; a daughter, Cynthia D. McCorkle of Charleston, West Virginia; a brother, Thomas H. Hedrick Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2002, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at the Clemmons Moravian Church, Clemmons. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wilmer Eye Institute, 600 N. Wolfe St., Wilmer Suite 112, Baltimore, MD 21287, specify Diabetic Research.
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