September 23, 1940 ~ February 19, 2022

Born in: Carrollton, KY
Resided in: Arden, NC

Everitt Wayne Kendall, 81, of Arden, died Saturday, February 19, 2022, at CarePartners Solace Center

A native of Carrollton, KY, he was a son of the late Everitt and Margaret Browning Kendall.

Everitt (Ev) Kendall led an exceptional life throughout his eighty-one years. He grew up as the oldest child in a big family in a tiny house in the small town of Carrollton, Kentucky, along the Ohio River. Ev’s early years centered around family, school, and sports. He was a brilliant student and there are more than a few stories of the infamous set shot that he used while staring on his varsity basketball team. It was Ev’s intelligence that took him away from his hometown after graduating high school. He went on to attend Eastern Kentucky University.

Four years later, his college degree took him to Washington, DC to work in the government. Not long after arriving in Washington, Ev met the love of his life Janeen and would spend 57 wonderful years with her. Ev and Janeen had four children over the first six years of their life together, whom he loved dearly. Ev’s career provided him the opportunity to move to Fairbanks, Alaska in the mid-1970s where he and his family lived for five years. They enjoyed exploring the great state of Alaska together through snowmobiling, fishing, and camping.

From Alaska, Ev brought his family back to the Lower 48, settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for three years. While the Eastern Shore was a place the family made a lot of memories, an opportunity to move to Asheville presented itself. Ev and Janeen would spend the next 39 years of their life there. Ev and Janeen put all four children through college during this time; an accomplishment that he wore proudly but softly. The years of service Ev dedicated to his career afforded him an early retirement. In retirement, he dedicated himself to spending quality time with his family as his children grew up and had children of their own. When his first grandchild was born, his name became Dan Dan as it would be known to the five other grandchildren that followed. Ev was exceptional at everything he put his mind to, and above all, he was born to be a grandfather. He watched over his grandchildren with a loving and protective eye. His greatest joy was to see all of his grandchildren safely playing together in the backyard, especially on the playset and clubhouse he built for them.

Ev’s exceptional life took him back and forth across the country and let him raise a family that adored him and it is without a doubt that his kind heart defined him. Never would you hear Ev raise his voice or speak of someone negatively. He was a model for us all as a Dad, Husband, Grandfather, and friend. It will be his kind heart that will be his legacy and what will be missed the most.

Rest in peace Ev, Dan Dan, Dad, and the most kind-hearted role model a family could have been blessed to follow.

Everitt is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janeen Witters Kendall; two daughters, Suzanne Howle (Ken) of Lake Junaluska and Karen Ledford (Greg) of Fletcher; two sons, Scott Kendall (Merion) of Anchorage, AK and Jason Kendall (Susan) if Mooresville, NC; four sisters, Emma Baker of Louisville, KY, Polly Milem of Indianapolis, IN, Rosie Smith of Bedford, KY and Anna Perkins of Carrollton, KY; one brother, David Kendall of Madison, IN; six grandchildren, Emma Howle, Anna Kendall, Lauren Ledford, Jack Ledford, Ben Kendall and Harrison Kendall as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that you consider making a contribution in Everitt’s honor to Trinity of Fairview Food Pantry, 646 Concord Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732 (Phone: 828-628-1188) e-mail:


Celebration of Life: February 22, 2022 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel

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Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Our heartfelt condolences to you, Janeen, and also to your kids and grandkids. Ev was an amazing man! The obituary you wrote was perfect. That was the Ev Kendall we knew and loved. May God comfort you all in your time of grief. Ev is surely with the angels now. ♥️

  2. I’m sorry to not be able to attend today’s service for Ev. He was a good friend, co-worker, and golfing pal. I have met few people that have blended keen intellect with humble spirit and sterling character qualities as Ev was able to do in every situation. During our golfing years, I don’t remember a time when he didn’t talk about his family and what each of them were doing. May God comfort all of you with memories of a life that truly made a difference for good.

  3. Suzanne,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken, Emma and all your family. Your dad seemed like a wonderful person. Angela

  4. Suzanne — Golly, your Dad seemed like the kind of father anyone would feel proud to have had. Soft personalities can be so powerful and influential. I pray for your Mom and the transition she will need to make after 57 years. I know because we, too, were married that long. The good thing is that there are 57 years of wonderful memories to own and cherish! And my love to you….Sylvia


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