J. Luther Hendrix was born and reared in rural northeast Alabama, on Sand Mountain in DeKalb County. After a tour of military duty in the South Pacific, he returned home to earn a degree in agriculture from Auburn University.
Hendrix spent 30 years working with families and landowners through the Farm Credit System. Hendrix rose to the position of Regional Supervisor and Vice President of Field Operation of Region One. He took an early retirement from Farm Credit to devote more time to a number of successful businesses.
In 1990 voters elected Hendrix as President of the DeKalb County Commission. There were many problems facing the county, and Hendrix led the commission in developing solutions. At the end of his four-year term, DeKalb County was on sound financial footing thanks to his business knowledge and leadership abilities.
“Coming from a rural background, I’ve always had a love of animals and country life,” Hendrix says. “I welcome those interested in breeding cattle, goats, sheep, or other animals I have on the farm to contact me for additional information or about a farm visit.”