Thomas Warren Kendrick 81, of Amarillo Tx went to be with our Lord Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Memorial Services will be held at Paramount Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m., Friday February 7, 2020. Celebration of life services will be conducted by the church pastors: Andrew Hebert, Lance Herrington and David Preston.
Tom was born on January 3, 1939, in Boothton Alabama to his parents Watson and Burndene Kendrick. Tom’s dad was a coal miner and when the mines grew slow in Alabama he moved the family to Wattis, Utah. Eventually he accepted a mining job in the potash mines near Artesia, New Mexico. It was there Tom graduated from high school in 1956.
Tom continued his education at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. There he met his bride, Julia Mossman. They married June 27, 1958. After completing basic training in the National Guard in 1962 Tom Returned to HSU to complete his undergraduate work, but when he took a business law course taught by a local attorney, he decided Law School was his ultimate goal. His professor advised him to get to the University of Texas as soon as possible. With that decided, he and Julia moved to Austin, Texas the summer of 1963. There after undergraduate school he graduated from UT Law School in the spring of 1967. That same summer he completed his commitment to the National Guard and accepted a job in Hereford, Texas working at the firm of Witherspoon, Aiken, Thomas and Langely. In 1974 Tom decided to open a solo practice in Amarillo. He commuted till the family could join him in the fall of 1975.
Tom was much loved and was very proud of his more than 30 years as a friend of Bill Wilson. As a young man he loved to fly and received his pilot’s license in 1969. He loved waltzing with his wife and they were square dancers with the Texas Twisters for many years. He loved doing crossword puzzles with his son and reading, mostly mysteries and western stories. Many people at his church remember him as the greeter at the north door, even on the very cold winter Sundays. Others remember him as the one who assisted them as they exited the baptistery after baptism. Tom loved the people he served at Paramount. He was especially close to a small group of men who met weekly in his home to study the Bible.
Tom is survived by his wife, Julia; his daughter, Tara and husband Ross Dustin of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his son, Royce and wife, Kimmy of Amarillo. He was the proud grandfather of Amy Dustin, or San Ramon, California; and Alex, Marie and Nathaneil Gibson all of Amarillo.
Memorial May be made to Paramount Baptist Church Missions Ministry or to Gideon’s International.