FROM STAFF REPORTS
The family of Wilbert Kendrick referred to him this week as “a kind, humorous and generous man’’ as well as an “inspirational example of a Godly man.’’
The longtime Daytona Beach resident who had been living in Georgia for the past few years, died Saturday at age 80.
A homegoing service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 539 George W Engram Blvd. The Rev. Ronald L. Durham is the pastor. Visitation hours will be 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at R. J. Gainous Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
Retired in 1992
Born on Aug. 31, 1933 in Bunnell to Willie Lee and Alberta Kendrick, Wilbert Kendrick was raised in the Daytona Beach/Ormond community area by an aunt and uncle along with his older brother Calvin and cousins.
A hardworking young man from a very young age, Wilbert Kendrick started his first job as a bicycle delivery boy for a pharmacy on Daytona Beach’s “beachside” at age 12. He was a dedicated long distance truck driver and entrepreneur.
He retired in 1992 after an honorable career having received multiple awards for safety.
He married Mary Shaw in 1967. Of their union came two children, Wilbert II and Salathiel. He married his first wife, Olivia Groover at age 19 and continued over the years to serve as a father figure and role model to her son, Kenneth Casher.
“He was an excellent provider, supporter, and a humble friend. He cared for other people and adopted new friends like family,’’ daughter Dr. Salathiel Kendrick-Allwood told the Daytona Times this week.
Dutiful church member
Mr. Kendrick dedicated his life to Christ in 1967. He was a longtime member of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the ushers, trustee, deacons and tape ministries. He also served as superintendent of Sunday School and assistant church treasurer.
After 77 years as a Florida resident, he and wife Mary relocated to Mableton, Ga., to live with their daughter and her family. During this time, he enjoyed greeting his grandchildren daily and playing with them often.
Mary Kendrick served the Daytona Times for decades as its administrative executive.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Wilbert Kendrick II (Tina) of Leesburg; daughter, Dr. Salathiel Renee’ Kendrick-Allwood (Dr. Steven) of Mableton, Ga.; stepson, Kenneth Casher of Clearwater; five brothers: Claude Bernard (Patricia) of Dayton, Ohio; Donald (Sharon) of South Daytona; Ronald (Mary) of Philadelphia; Craig (Jennifer) of Greenville, S.C.; Bruce of Daytona Beach; one sister, Barbara Jean Kendrick of Daytona Beach, one sister inlaw, Frankie Kendrick of Millen, Ga.; and two granddaughters, Assata Ire and Asantewaa Isoke Allwood of Mableton, Ga.
Other survivors include a step-grandson, Brian Morris of South Daytona; two step-granddaughters, Tasha Cason and Faith Grace Cason of South Daytona; two goddaughters, Felecia Wright Thayer (Renard) and Auburn Thayer of Salt Lake City, Utah; a godson, Army Sergeant Xavier Thayer (Zendy) of Fort Drum, NY; and a host of other relatives.