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Dr. Robert Preston Kendall, Sr., 69

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, Dr. Robert Preston Kendall, Sr, beloved husband, son and father, passed away at age 69.  

Bob was born on April 24, 1951, in Raceland, Kentucky. He graduated from Centre College of Kentucky and went on to obtain his Master and Doctor of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He was a pastor for 20 years, seminary professor for another 20 years, and hospice chaplain for over 30 years.  He was well-known for his theological knowledge and ability to explain the Bible in ways that inspired others to study the Word on their own. Although he loved teaching the Bible, his greatest love was people. He always made time to listen to others and provide counsel, compassion and empathy. While he had many athletic and professional accomplishments, he was most known for being a loving husband to his wife of 41 years and steadfast father to his 7 children.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Owen Kendall. He is survived by his mother, Lorraine Kendall, his wife Rosalyn Telford Kendall, his children Robert Kendall (spouse Paula), James Kendall (spouse Temarie), Daniel Kendall (spouse Lydia), Catherine Kendall, Aaron Kendall, Anna Rowley (spouse Phillip), and Grace Young (spouse Jonathan). God also blessed him with twenty-one grandchildren, Ethan, Micah, Larry, Michael, Steven, Abigail, Hannah, Grace, Charis, Joanna, Eden, Annabella, Aurora, Nathan, Luke, Joshua, Preston, Kenzie, Adeline, Charity, J.J., and several other grandchildren who met Jesus before they were able to be born. He is also survived by three brothers, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless believers who considered him a great friend and mentor.  

A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Westside Baptist Church, 7775 Herlong Road, Jacksonville, FL. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Ethnos360 as Bob was a lifelong supporter and friend of missionaries taking the Bible into the unreached parts of the world.

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

  • Nathan A Richardson

    I am grateful for Dr. Kendall in all that he has done to invest in my life through these past several years. His influence and mentorship has been one of the key reasons why I am in ministry today. I have quoted him from the pulpit and the counseling room more times than I can remember.

    A milestone in my life was when I took Doc’s class on the book of Romans at Trinity Baptist College. I honestly think I spent more time in his office than in his classroom while he helped me to understand grace and my identity in Christ. I struggled so much in that area of my life but he was both patient and personal in counseling me. His teaching style was so impactful making the Bible more than a text book in college. He had a way of teaching that turned systematic theology into something more personal. In other words, he helped bridge the gap between knowing about God to really knowing God. I think only in eternity will it be understood how he impacted me to fall in love with Jesus and teach others the same.

    2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    I grieve with the family and rejoice for Dr. Kendall.

    Heaven holds one more reason why I am eager to go there

  • Jimmie Miller

    He was a gracious man and pastor, a good friend and always willing to share the love of God.