McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – 88-year-old Sam Hendrix began packing up his belongings at the Southward Mobile Home Park in McKinney, a place he’s called home for 50 years. “I completely cleaned out this set of closets here.”
After the World War II veteran complained to the city about an overflowing sewage line right outside his bedroom window, the landlord notified him they weren’t renewing his lease, and he had to move out by December 1st.
The landlord told us Hendrix had to go because he was antagonistic, aggressive, even quote “abusive” towards staff.
Hendrix had just one wish. “Just leave me alone, and let me live out my life.”
But Hendrix’s dream came true.
On Thursday, he received this letter from his landlord, telling him that their “request that you vacate the premises and remove your home from the property is hereby rescinded, effective immediately.”
Hendrix says, “I know this decision is a blessing from the Lord.” “People don’t like to see our veterans taken advantage of.”
Ed Neal, Hendrix’s pastor, and another member of their church who has helped Hendrix, say they received calls from people across the country who offered cash and support for Hendrix.
Neal says, “People don’t like to see our veterans taken advantage of. The scriptures teach us that all things work together for good, for those who love God, that are his children, and I think what that means is God takes our circumstances and trumps them.”
Hendrix says, “There’s a lot of good people out there.”
Hendrix is certainly relieved he can stay.
But since our story last week, he’s received a couple of generous offers to move in with other people. They include Hendrix’s grandson.
He hasn’t decided what he’ll do. But he says he doesn’t want to become a burden. “I would like to move, but I’ve been living here for so long, I just can’t imagine living anywhere else. This is home.”
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