Obituary: ‘Pop’ Kendrick

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Mr. Raymond Junior Kendrick, “Pop,” 71, a resident of  Thomasville, went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2014.                   
Raymond  was born March 28, 1942, in Critz, Virginia a son of Raymond Grover and
Lois Gammons Kendrick, who preceded him in death.
He was a kind, wonderful man who leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Carol Wayland Kendrick, the love of his life; two children, Raymond Kendrick II “Bubby” (Marti), and Kathy Kendrick Murphy (David); five grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, Brandon Thomas Benfield,  Raymond Junior Kendrick III, Matthew James Kendrick, Jessica Lyn  Kendrick and Travis Charles Benfield (deceased).
Also  surviving are his brothers, Vernon Kendrick and Randolph Kendrick;  sisters, Brenda Barnhart, Betty Wingfield, Janet Jones and Juanita Beal (deceased).
Pop was an avid race fan and racer, enjoyed much success at 311 Speedway  and Rainbow Speedway in the 70s and 80s, and was crew chief for his son’s race team at Caraway Speedway coaching him to three track championships. He was able to fix anything. Pop was a master mechanic, carpenter and handyman and retired from Labonte Racing. He will live forever in our hearts and memories.
A  funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Soles and Rev Rodney Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kendrick family at