Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) Charles Clifford Kendrick


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Hathorn Funeral Home

167 Hwy 198 E. Columbia, MS 39429


12:30 PM until 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Hathorn Funeral Home


2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Sep. 1, 2004, and moved on to his heavenly home.  SSG(Ret) Charles Clifford Kendrick, age 81, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within Co C, 890th Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Charles Clifford Kendrick, 81, of Columbia, who passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Bro. Millard Moak will officiate. Visitation will be held from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Hathorn Funeral Home.

As a longtime resident of Columbia, Clifford was a retired Teacher and Coach from the Marion County School District. He was also a Vo-tech and Academic Counselor. He served his nation faithfully and retired from the United States Army National Guard.

The family fondly remembers his love of teaching, subbing, and taking care of his family. Clifford was preceded in death by his Father, Ezell Kendrick; and his Mother, Alene Alexander King. He is survived by his Wife of 61 years, Barbara Lee Kendrick, of Columbia; his Daughter, Donna McKenzie, of Columbia; his Son, Chris Kendrick (Dana), of Columbia; one Brother, Crawford Kendrick (Voncille), of Ocean Springs; and three Grandchildren, Nathan McKenzie, of Columbia, Dallas Kendrick, of Ocean Springs, and Aaron McKenzie, of Columbia.

Pallbearers will be Aaron McKenzie, Nathan McKenzie, Tim Miller, Randy Dyess, Rick Hall, and Bill Boutwell. Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com