Born on March 2, 1919
VIOLET VIOLA KENDIG
VICTORIA - Violet Viola Kendig was born on March 2, 1919 in Houston to the late John Peter and Ana Mae Telschow Johnson. She went to be with the Lord at her home in Victoria on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 93. A faithful Christian who lived her entire life in dedicated service to Christ and His Church, Mrs. Kendig was a member of the First Assembly of God of Victoria.
Trusting Christ as a young girl, Violet received water baptism at age eleven at the Stone Church of Chicago where Smith Wigglesworth was guest evangelist. Early in life she was called to Christian ministry. Studying at Evangelistic Temple of Houston and Southern Bible College (now Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie), she met her late husband, of forty-eight years, Reverend Alvie Franklin Hanks. Following college, they served in pastoral ministry at Texas churches including Tom Ball, Red Oak Flat, Athens, Jacinto City, and Cuero. They also pastored in Alexandria, Louisiana.
An untiring servant, Violet worked faithfully in various ministries of the church much of her life. Her special love was the Women's Ministries of her local church. She was also sectional WM director eight years for the Yoakum Section of the South Texas District of the Assemblies of God. In retail work, she also managed the Bill's Dollar Stores in Cuero and Edna for 18 years.
Following her first husband's death, Violet was married to James C. Kendig in 1987. Making their home in Victoria for almost twenty-five years, they have continued to travel together, enjoy a myriad of friends and to be actively involved in various ministries. Strong in her faith and joyful in her outlook on life, she always tried to encourage other people. For over seven years, Violet was a regular participant in the women's activities of the Victoria Salvation Army.
Mrs. Kendig is survived by her husband, James C. Kendig of Victoria; three sons, Elbert Wayne Hanks, Sr. (Mary Lou) of Rockwall, TX; Robert Glenn Hanks, Sr. of Victoria; Franklin Ray Hanks (Elizabeth) of Victoria; one daughter, Glenda Elaine (Glen) Nagel of Sachse, TX; two foster children/niece and nephew, Ruth Marie Hoy (Gary) Simons of Deer Park, TX and Donald Glenn (Dianna) Hoy of Meyersville, TX; three grandsons, Elbert Wayne (Kristin) Hanks, Jr. of Austin; Robert Glenn (Cheryl) Hanks, Jr. of Fayetteville, NC and Michael Wayne (Tonia) Nagel of Rowlett, TX; four granddaughters, Regina Gale Hanks (Steve) Nicks of Rosenberg, TX; Angela Rene, Nagel (Trent) Chambers of Lavon, TX; Charissa Ann Hanks (Alex) Maglara of Houston, TX and Melissa Rae Hanks (Craig) Arnold of Victoria; eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends
In addition to her parents, Violet is preceded in death by her first husband, Reverend Alvie Franklin Hanks; two sisters, Rose Rosalee Ashley (her twin), and Mary Alice Kitchens; one brother, Richard Henry Johnson.
The family will receive friends at Grace Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 11, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, at Grace Funeral Home Chapel with Mrs. Kendig's son, Pastor E. Wayne Hanks, Sr. of Garland First Assembly of God officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Charles Ashley, Trent Chambers, Gregg Fetters, E. Wayne Hanks, Jr., Richard Johnson and Michael Nagel. Honorary pallbearers who shared in Women's Ministries leadership with Violet are Lola Felder, Hilda Iraggi, Helen Meyer, Yvonne Newman, Jimmie Waldrop, and Verna Willmon.
Memorials in Mrs. Kendig's name may be directed to Pleasant Hills Children's Home, P.O. Box 1177 Fairfield, TX 75840, Phone: (903)389-2641, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Funeral Home, Victoria in charge of arrangements.