Christopher Lee McKendree, affectionately known as “Bubba”, “Pee Wee” and “Chris”, age 35 of Yulee passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
Born in Fernandina Beach he was the son of Tony Lee McKendree and Linda Louise Estes. He was a lifelong resident of Nassau County and had grown up and lived in Yulee. Since the age of 2, Chris had battled illnesses that their treatments had a negative impact on his heart that resulted in a heart transplant at the age of 14. He lived his life to its fullest never letting his condition override his desire to be active and involved. He worked with his father in the landscaping business for a number years, as well as in construction on the new Yulee High School.
He and his family have been longtime members at Blackrock Baptist Church.
“Bubba” was an avid outdoors man, devoting many hours to hunting, fishing and collecting roadside treasures. He was a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Dale Earnhardt Nascar racing team.
His family recalls his southern courtesies of saying “Yes Maam” and “Yes Sir”.
He leaves behind, his father, Tony McKendree and his wife, Tammy, Yulee ,FL, his mother, Lynn Strickland and her husband, Dale, Kingsland, GA, his paternal grandparents, Jack and Betty McKendree, Yulee ,FL, maternal grandfather, Charles Estes and his wife, Carol, Yulee, FL, maternal grandmother, Faye Leslie and her husband, Les, Yulee, FL, sisters and brothers, Ashleigh McKendree, Yulee, FL, John Strickland Jr., Hilliard, FL, Sabrina Morris, Hilton Head, SC, Joseph Ed Strickland, Jacksonville, FL, James Destin Strickland, Middleburg, FL, Jeff Harrell, Yulee, Jason Harrell, Jacksonville, FL, his special aunt, Joyce Maryea, Yulee, FL, uncle and aunt, Dan and Tina McKendree, special cousins, Avah Strickland, Lilli Cooke and Joshua McKendree as well as a host of additional family and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Blackrock Baptist Church with Reverends John Kasper and Frank Camarotti, officiating.
Mr. McKendree will be laid to rest in Greenpine Cemetery.
His family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Oxley Heard.