In Memory

James Kendrick Jr

James L. Kendrick, Jr. of Irving, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

He was born October 13, 1950 in Tyler. He was an excellent baseball player from Little League through High School.  James worked with his dad and two brothers in the J.L. Kendrick & Sons Asphalt Paving Company. He was preceded in death by his father James L. Kendrick and brother Bobby Joe Kendrick.

Survivors include his wife Rita Kendrick; mother Opal Kendrick; son Steven Kendrick; daughter Melissa Sharpe; brother Billy Kendrick and wife Tina; grandchildren Cody Sharpe, Payton Kendrick, Cheyanne Sharpe, and Tanner Kendrick; a host of nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Norris officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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07/03/10 02:10 PM #1    

Cindi (Cynthia) Dixon

I remember James from our Bowie Jr.High School days - 1963 through 1965. I had such a crush on James because I thought he favored John Lennon, my favorite Beatle. Don't think anything happened with my crush, but I always smiled when I'd run into him during high school.

James & his wife, Rita Beasley (IHS Class of 1970), attended our 40th Reunion last year. It was great seeing them & I'm especially glad we were able to chat.

So sorry to hear about his death. RIP, James.

07/05/10 11:17 AM #2    

Rex Starnes

 James always had a great warm smile and a "lift you up", in his voice. Too young.

07/06/10 07:53 PM #3    

Clay Harris

I can still see James as a crossing guard at John Haley. Last year I went into the lobby of the Hotel that hosted our reunion. I heard a voice from across the room say my name. I could not place the face after all those years. It was James sitting on the couch there in the lobby. I couldn't believe that he recognized me !! We got to chat before and during the party. I'm so glad to have seen and talked to him again at the reunion. RIP James.

07/10/10 01:33 AM #4    

Cindi (Cynthia) Dixon

Here's the link to James' Guestbook on - Please visit & leave a remembrance.

09/20/10 10:51 AM #5    

Joe Dowell

I'm so sorry to hear of James passing.  He recognized me at the reunion and called out to me across the lobby.  It was so good to see a familiar face.  I remember him from grade school days.

He had a great since of humor and an infectious smile.  He will be missed by a lot of us.

11/30/10 09:13 AM #6    

Brooks Harkey

I just got a notice from the Class of 1970 (I'm a guest there) that his wife, Rita, passed away.  Here is the obit from


Hi Everybody,

I was informed that Rita Beasley Kendrick has passed away. 

Here is the obit from Brown's Funeral Home:

Rita Sue Kendrick, of Irving, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010.  She was born October 24, 1952 in Dallas.  She was preceded in death by her husband James Kendrick on June 30, 2010, mother Glendola Beasley on May 15, 2009, father L.C. Beasley on February 9, 2006, and brother Rick Beasley on February 15, 2006 and is survived by her children Steven Douglas Kendrick, Melissa G. Sharpe and fiancé Tony Renteria; sister Linda Johnson; and grandchildren Cody James Sharpe, Payton Rose Kendrick, Cheyanne Nicole Sharpe, and Phillip Tanner Kendrick.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Richard Norris officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

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