Obituary for Eugenia Kendall
Eugenia Lee Coble Kendall, always known as Gene or Granny, 91, died peacefully on April 16th, 2017, at her home in Davidson, NC, with family at her side singing and playing her favorite Easter hymns. She was born on January 19, 1926 in Charlotte, NC in her grandparents’ home to Geneva Fincher Coble and I.L. (Slim) Coble. 16 hours later, her grandmother gave birth to her uncle in the same house, delivered by the same doctor!
Gene had a life-long love of music. She started studying violin at age 10 with Nan Gordon Hood. She was Concert Master of her High School Orchestra (Central/Harding) and the first President of the Charlotte Junior Music Club. While still in high school she won a scholarship to study with Merle Keslar, Professor of Music at Queens College. After attending Pfeiffer College, she enrolled in Queens College to study with her beloved teacher again. She played in the All Southern Orchestra and the Queens-Davidson Symphony under the direction of James Christian Pfohl. After her children were all in school, Gene taught kindergarten at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Charlotte. At age 50, she earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree and was voted valedictorian of the class! She nursed her father for 3 months and her husband for 3 years, and her neighbors whenever needed. Gene was a devoted member of Rehobeth Church, joining the Susanna Wesley Circle, teaching Sunday School for 24 years and singing in the choir for 25. She said she really enjoyed being allowed to talk to the minister DURING THE SERVICE. Many thanks to Dr. Bob Kerr for his indulgence. She loved her condo neighbors dearly. They were extended family to her and remain so to all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a great supporter of the Red Cross Blood Bank, working the Bloodmobile when they were in the area, and was religious about going to water aerobics at the Y until she was almost 90, creating ANOTHER family. Yet, with all these talents and interests, her greatest joy was surely her family, especially her grands and great-grands, and boy, did they love HER!
Gene was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Frank W. Kendall, her grandson, Chris Kendall, and her son-in-law, Jim Wall. She is survived by four children, Ken Kendall and wife Linda, Kitty Kendall Wall, Dell Kendall and husband Jim McGivney, and Leslie Kendall and husband Rob Dunlap; grandchildren Leigh Kendall Taylor and husband Derrick, Jack McGivney, Margaret Larsen Mitchell and husband Rob, Richard Kendall Larsen and Michelle Whitmire Larsen; and great-grandchildren Steve Ravnstag, Pressley Taylor, Will Mitchell, Liza Mitchell, Elaina Mitchell, Drew Larsen, Holli Larsen and Eric Larsen.
A celebration of her life will be held at Rehobeth United Methodist Church, 9297 Sherrills Ford Rd, Terrell, NC, on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Rehobeth UM Church (Box 356, Terrell, NC 28682), Hospice of Iredell County (https://www.hoic.org/donate.asp) and/or The American Red Cross Blood Bank.
Arrangements were handled by Ingram Funeral Home, Mooresville, NC.