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Mickey was an inspiration; always with a smile on his face, a smile in his voice and a sense of humor that cheered everyone around him. He loved his family dearly and was very proud of his boys. I didn’t get to visit with him often, but I’ll remember every one as a pleasure and a privilege. Above all, Mickey was a gentleman and a friend. RIP.
Walter Michael Kendrick
Walter Michael “Mickey” Kendrick, 85, of Fernandina Beach, Florida died peacefully on June 28, 2021 at Community Hospice-McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mickey was born September 22, 1935 in Morven, Georgia to James Pike and Ruby Peters Kendrick, where he grew up and attended Morven High School, graduating in 1953.
After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958, Mickey began his lifelong career in the paper industry at Gilman Paper Company in St. Mary’s, Georgia. In 1963 Mickey married the love of his life, Elizabeth Yvonne Westbury. In 1968 Mickey and Elizabeth moved to Fernandina Beach when Mickey began working for Container Corporation of America, where he remained until retirement in 1998.
Elizabeth, his wife of 48 years preceded him in death in 2011.
Mickey was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, enjoyed fishing, walking on the beach, spending time with his family and working in his garden. Mickey had a delightful sense of humor and he would often say his goal every day was to make sure people smiled.
Mickey leaves behind his two children, Walter Michael Kendrick, Jr. (Lisa Goers) of Waynesboro, Georgia, James Albert Kendrick (Sallie Gipson) of Jacksonville Beach, Florida and three grandchildren, Zachary Gipson-Kendrick , Zoe Gipson- Kendrick and Madeline Kendrick.
A graveside service will be held at Bosque-Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Saturday July 10, 2021 at 11:00 with a reception following at First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach.
Donations may be made in Mickey’s memory to Community Hospice-McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Florida.