Vin's People: July 12, 2013: Girl's name did not last for preacher

July 12, 2013 

There will be many stories shared by the Rev. A.O. Hendry's family and friends Friday and Saturday as they celebrate the life of the Myakka City preacher who passed last Tuesday.

One will be how he got his first name: Audrey.

"Daddy hated that name," daughter Sara Hemperly said.

It seems his mother, Altha, liked the name so much she decided to give it to her firstborn.

That it turned out to be a boy didn't matter, evidently.

Hendry, whose middle name was Otis, dealt with the ribbing growing up, but when his Hardee County High School football coach called him Audrey, it was time for a change.

Hellooo, A.O.

"I came up with the phrase, 'Have no fear, A.O. is here!'" the preacher told the Bradenton Herald in 2005. "The name, A.O., caught on."

• Cristina Roca-Skidgell is 90 years young July 24. She has nine children, 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and just retired from the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church choir after 30 years.

• There was no three-peat at the 16th annual Beech Mountain Invitational on beautiful Beech Mountain, N.C. Beall's executive Jim Simpson dethroned Jay Romine, the tournament winner the last two years and Manatee Technical Institute's new law enforcement academy director. Simpson also beat Ken Appel and Paul Riesterer in the six-day event.

• You're never too young to learn about doing good deeds. Allee Lowry, 3, and Layna Ryser, 4, each donated 10 inches of hair for Locks of Love. Layna's parents are Randy and Leslie; Allee's are Nicole and Ricky. Their grandma is Karen Ryser.

• Alas, the season is over for the Manatee Cal Ripken 8-&-Under All Stars. Manager Lee Heintz's ballclub suffered only one loss in postseason, but it happened at the recent state tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, keeping the boys from advancing to regionals July 18 in Richmond, Va.

• Speaking of baseball, Cord Sandberg is batting .333 through 10 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

• Folks at Manatee Memorial Hospital who are tennis buffs might do a double-take meeting a certain young physician starting his residency there.

His name is Andrew Murray.

Wimbledon's new men's singles champion?

Uh, no.

This Andrew Murray is 32, a Dayton, Ohio, native and Ohio University graduate. After completing four years at the Lake Erie

College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lakewood Ranch, he interned atthe University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in general internal medicine.

His field will be pulmonary medicine.

• Florence "Di-Di" Foster is 102 years young and the folks at First Bank, 3005 53rd Ave. E., helped her celebrate in style.

• There's a 2 p.m. July 21 benefit for longtime Cortez fisherman Mike O'Leary at Swordfish Grill, 4628 119th St. W.

The event is helpraise funds to defray medical costs for thewell-known single dad who is battling throat cancer. The event is being supported by Cortez Kitchen, Chop Shop, Sysco, A.P. Bell and Cortez Seafood Market to name a few and there will be food, raffles and entertainment.

For details, callPamela O'Reilly at 941-713-5865. Or e-mail or

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix.

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