Memorial services for Louis “Poppi” Kendrick, 86, of Portales will be held at 10 a.m, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Jack Ferguson officiating.
Louis Kendrick, lovingly known to all of his grandchildren as “Poppi,” was born July 30, 19 26, in Gattman, Miss. to the home of Cora Lee (Posey) and Luther Green Kendrick, and died June 7, 2013, in Portales. Mr. Kendrick grew up in Becker, Miss. He left school before graduation to join the U.S. Navy in September 1944. He served as a ship’s cook aboard LSM 480 (Landing Ship Medium) in the South Pacific. After the invasion of Okinawa began, they would unload cargo and take on wounded soldiers to transport them to the hospital ships anchored further out. He was discharged on Feb. 26, 1947, and enlisted in the Army the very next day and again served as a cook.
At the close of his Army service he enlisted in the Air Force, and was released in 1949, at the rank of Captain. Mr. Kendrick was very proud of his time of service, and of being a veteran of three branches of the military. He was a longtime member of the VFW.
On Feb. 8, 1948, in Roswell, he was married to Bobbie Groseclose.
For several years he sold insurance, and worked in construction with other family members doing drywall and painting. In 1965, he was employed as a diesel mechanic for Sunbeam Bakery in Roswell, where he worked until 1979.
Mr. Kendrick retired in 1994, and he and his wife moved to Portales to make their home. That served as home base for the next seven years while they worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at their campgrounds on the Tom Bigbee Waterway in Mississippi as gate attendants. He was able to be with his wife, and hunt and fish when he wanted. He had always loved going camping. So, that became his favorite job of all time. While living in Roswell, he was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law Bob and Linda Kendrick, of Dallas, Texas and Ron and Sarann Kendrick of Round Rock, Texas; four daughters and three sons-in-law Peggy Kendrick, of Roswell, Patsy and Ted Schwochow, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Pam and Terry Stevens and Becky and Wylie Flen, all of Portales; 14 grandchildren Rob (Rebekah) Kendrick, Clint Kendrick, Shannon Farley, Kelly (Eric) Wilson, Chris (Sarah) Bradley, Heather Schwochow, Tara (Dwayne) Meyer, Carlee (Jeremy) Gonzales, Lane Stevens, Shelby Stevens, Colton Stevens, Brandon (Melissa) Flen, Amy (Darrin) Stroik and Kerri (David) Brown; a sister, Afton Jones, of Amory, Miss. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers Thurston, Laymon, Ruben, Rubel and Frank Kendrick; four sisters his twin sister, Lois Williams, Sue Cowan, Tema Hood and Janet Alward; a daughter, Marilyn Kendrick, who died Jan. 31, 2010; a grandson, Robert Steven Farley and by his beloved wife, Bobbie, who died Feb. 4, 2007, just three days short of their 59th anniversary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary, of Portales.