Willie R. ‘Will’ Kendrick, 88, Air Force veteran who visited four continents

Willie R. ‘Will’ Kendrick

Retired U.S. Air Force Major Willie R. “Will” Kendrick, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Will was born Nov. 5 1931, near McKenzie, Alabama, and grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri near Kennett. He entered the U.S. Air Force shortly after he completed high school.

He flew combat cargo missions in Vietnam and earthquake relief missions in Iran and Chile. His cargo flights took him to four of the seven continents. After retiring with 20 years’ service in the U.S. Air Force, he worked 20 years as an engineering technician with civil service at the Naval Air Rework Facility, NAS, Norfolk.

Will is survived by his two sons, Todd A. Kendrick of Poquoson and Scott R. Kendrick of Bremen, Georgia; three brothers, Alton L. Kendrick of Wentzville, Missouri, Jimmie M. Kendrick of Cheney, Kansas, and Mack Kendrick of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; sister, Sandra K. Franklin of California, Maryland; stepdaughter, Michelle G. Gerkins; and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A committal service with military honors will follow.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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