Arden - Kendall Alexander Wernet, age 20, died on September 29, 2014. Kendall is survived by his parents, Bob and Helen Wernet; sister, Kaitlin Wernet; a loving extended family and many treasured friends.
Kendall was born in Winter Park, FL, on June 7, 1994. After his family moved to Asheville in 1998, Kendall attended Glen Arden Elementary, Cane Creek Middle School and T.C. Roberson High School. At Roberson, Kendall excelled in athletics and music, graduating with honors in 2012. Kendall was a proud Clemson Tiger, a junior in the College of Business.
Among Kendall's most outstanding accomplishments was his achievement of the Eagle Scout rank at the age of 15. He loved the outdoors, hiking, running, soccer and sports of all kinds. He was captain of the Roberson cross country team. In addition to participating in many sports as an athlete, Kendall was a passionate fan of Clemson football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
An accomplished musician, Kendall played the trumpet, guitar, piano and bagpipes. Kendall was a principal member of the T.C. Roberson Symphonic Band and performed in the Asheville Youth Symphony. He continued his participation in Symphonic Band at Clemson, and was also a member of the Clemson University Sailing Club, the Contra Club and iLead.
Kendall had a strong work ethic, advancing from manager, to branch manager and ultimately regional manager with Young Entrepreneurs Across America (Student Painters). He recently co-founded "Driven Vision" to coach, mentor, inspire and motivate other young people to fulfill their goals and realize their fullest potential.
Kendall was a devout Christian and sought every opportunity to extend grace and compassion to others. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life and positive spirit. His life was short, but it was full. Kendall fought the good fight; he finished the race; he kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
A time of visitation will be held at Groce Funeral Home, 72 Long Shoals Road from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 3. A celebration of Kendall's life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Asheville at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4.
Memorial contributions may be made in Kendall's memory to the Buncombe County Schools Foundation, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806, to support the Cane Creek Middle School Band and the T.C. Roberson High School Band, or the Clemson University Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633 to support the Clemson Symphonic Band.