Grace Boyd Sullivan Kendall

Published 7:24 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Grace Boyd Sullivan Kendall, age 90, a resident of 17 Braddy Road, Washington, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at River Trace Nursing Home.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Rosemary Church of Christ, officiated by Mike Caton and Timothy Stamper.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the church and other times at the home of Dottie Sullivan, 8512 N.C. Highway 32 North, Washington. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Marty Alligood, grandnephews Steve Sullivan, Doug Sullivan, Macon Sullivan, Johnny Sullivan, and Jimmy Stewart.
Grace Boyd Sullivan Kendall was the youngest child of the late William Henry and Viola Mae Boyd Sullivan, and the last surviving sibling of four brothers and two sisters. Grace graduated from Bath High School in 1948. She attended Roanoke Bible College, now Mid-Atlantic Christian University, from 1948-1952, and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. 1952 was the first graduating class at Roanoke Bible College, and Grace was the last surviving member of that class. She attended Atlantic Christian College from 1957-1958 and the University of Maryland from 1958-1959 and from 1961-1962. She continued her education at Milligan College in the summer of 1962 and graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. She later graduated from East Carolina University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.

Her professional career was in education. She began in 1963 at Pinetown Elementary School teaching the 7th grade. She was a teacher there for two years and then became the first speech therapist for the Beaufort County public school system in 1965 and held that position until her retirement in 1991. She was a faithful member of Rosemary Church of Christ and served as the adult choir director for 54 years until her health began to decline in 2016. She also was involved with the young children whenever their singing was a part of the service. She was a dedicated member of the Ladies Aide and always participated in their meetings and service. Grace loved the Lord, and she loved religious music. We are sure she is singing in His choir. She was a solid rock for all her family members. Her dedication to each of us will be remembered and missed.
She is survived by two stepdaughters, Margaret Ann Kendall Phelps, Joan Elizabeth Kendall Ward, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Arbin Kendall, who preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 2012; four brothers, Leo “Lee” Fisher Sullivan, William Bryan Sullivan, Delma Thomas Sullivan, Stillborn Boy; two sisters, Ruth Hollis Sullivan and Dera Mae Sullivan Harris.
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Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Kendall family.