Fallen Warriors

Rodrick McKendree - Class Of 1969

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DATE: January 5, 2007
SECTION: Obituaries


Rodrick William "Roddy" McKendree   

HAMPTON - Rodrick 'Roddy' William McKendree, 55, died Wednesday,
Jan. 3, 2007. A native and lifelong resident of Hampton, he was
a 1969 graduate of Kecoughtan High School and a 1972 graduate of
the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School. He had been
employed with the civil service at the Yorktown Naval Weapons
Station for the last 29 years. He was a member of Hampton Baptist
Church. Over the years, Roddy had served as Assistant Troop
Master of Boy Scout Troop 21 and Co-Director of Cue Camp Virginia
at Jamestown. He loved taking care of his family and friends,
fishing, cooking, and being quite the prankster. He was a
devoted son, husband, father, brother, neighbor, and best friend affectionately known as 'Buffalo.' Survivors include
his parents, Roland and Beth McKendree; his wife, Susanna
McKendree; his daughter, Juli D. McKendree; his son, William R.
McKendree, all of Hampton; and two sisters, Kathryn Ann Mayes
and her husband, Rodney, of Yorktown and Rolanda Stearns and her
husband, Lee, of Burke, Va.; as well as a wealth of nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 6, at Hampton Baptist Church by Dr. Charles R. Smith
and the Rev. James T. Dunn III. A reception will follow the
service at the church. Memorials may be made to the
Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association, P.O. Box 2733,
Fairfax, VA 22031-2733 or www.nvcsa.org or Hampton
Baptist Church, 40 N. King St., Hampton VA 23669. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

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02/04/13 12:17 PM #1    

Stacey Mills (1969)

Roddy was one of the funniest guys I knew growing up; even when you were the object of his pranks you still had to laugh.  He, Robert Rawls, Mike Annett, Paul Roe, Kenny Mitchell and I were all about the same age and spent many wonderful summer days getting into and out of trouble in East Hampton.  In later years I saw Roddy and his family when they would come to Charlottesville.  His son, Will, was one of the first to have a coclear implant for hearing, and was treated at U.Va.  Roddy was a warm and extremely caring human being.  He's missed! 

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