John Patrick Kendrick III

February 7, 1968September 7, 2020
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John Patrick Kendrick, III of Trinity, NC passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 7, 2020 with his family by his side. John had a hard courageous battle with sarcoma cancer for five and a half years.

John was born on February 7, 1968 in Charleston, WV to Lucille Kendrick and the late, John Patrick Kendrick, Jr. He was originally from Smithers, WV and was a graduate in 1986 of Valley High School. John served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Donald Berry. Following his military career he relocated to the Triad area of North Carolina and met the love of his life, Cynthia Ensley. He married Cynthia on August 30, 2003. John started Kendrick Refrigeration Services in 2007 and was the owner operator. He was a hardworking, successful man always supporting his family. John enjoyed the lake, going camping and made many memories to cherish with his family. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

One of John’s greatest passions was football. He was a co-founder of The Trinity Titans football program and a head coach. His influence impacted many young men in the Archdale-Trinity area teaching hard work, dedication, and never settling for less than your best. You could often hear John leading the chant of “I got your back” on many football fields across the southeast. John’s competitive spirit allowed him to also coach at Archdale-Trinity Little League Basketball, Creekside and LA Flex baseball. John was also a co-founder of Carolina Titans Baseball, where he was an assistant coach. Coach John’s legacy will live on forever through the young men he coached through the game of football, baseball, basketball, and life.

John was always the life of the party who loved having his friends and family around to enjoy each other’s company. He was truly an awesome man to know and a best friend to have. He was a wise, trustworthy, supportive friend and very giving to many. It was common for John to go buy something for a homeless person or someone he saw on the side of the road. Stranger wasn’t a word to John. He was a loving husband, father, son, pawpaw, coach, and friend. He will be dearly missed by his family and all that knew him.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father in law, Lanny Ensley.

John is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cynthia Kendrick; son, Patrick Kendrick; daughter, Brittany Ensley all of the home and daughter Felicia Kendrick of Virginia Beach, VA; mother, Lucille Kendrick of Smithers, WV; a brother, Steven Kendrick of St. George, Utah; two grandsons Jackson Damron and Wyatt Allison; mother in law, Shirley Worley of Thomasville and sister in law, Angela Greene and her husband, Skip of Archdale.

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Holly Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, NC. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 11th from 6 until 8 pm at Advantage Funeral Service in Archdale and following the graveside service at the home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Health, c/o Cancer Research, PO Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021.

Arrangements made Advantage Funeral Home of Archdale. Online condolences may be made at


  • John Patrick Kendrick, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Lucille Kendrick, Mother
  • Cynthia Ensley Kendrick, Wife
  • Lanny Ensley, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Patrick Kendrick, Son
  • Felicia Kendrick, Daughter
  • Brittany Ensley, Daughter
  • Steven Kendrick, Brother
  • Jackson Damron, Grandchild
  • Wyatt Allison, Grandchild
  • Shirley Worley, Mother-in-law
  • Angela Greene and husband Skip, Sister-in-law

  • Wake Forest Baptist Health


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020


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Kim Wilkes

September 12, 2020

You meant the world to my family and you will be missed but never forgotten. We will carry on your legacy and your laughter to all. Rest In Peace my friend. -Kim Wilkes

Anita Henderson

September 11, 2020

I came to know John and Cynthia when my treatments were on the same day as John's. I never saw John without Cynthia by his side, and she has been an absolute rock of support to him.

With John in the treatment pod, it felt like a party, complete with pranks (spraying the nurses with saline was a favorite) and belly laughs all around. Both he and Cynthia always had an encouraging word for everyone, but especially folks new to the treatment routine. He earned the nickname "POTUS" because of his fondness for the largest (private) treatment area, and his insistence on having the recliner pre-warmed for him.

John brightened a room when he came in, and always made the rounds visiting each treatment pod, even if he was not getting treatment that day. He made everyone feel like we were all at the cool kid's table with his big personality and friendly inclusion.

I will miss him, and I will miss seeing Cynthia. Keeping the family in prayer.

John Wayne and Sissy Bolton

September 11, 2020

We will forever cherish our memories with you man!!! Thank you for all of you love and patience for all the kids that crossed you path. My favorite memory of John is at every banquet or anytime he made a speak he came with full emotion even tears that day I learned he was an amazing guy that truly loved our kids and would go to the end for them!!! We love you man see you on the other side!!! Love the Bolton family

John Priddy

September 9, 2020

I worked with John for almost 20 years. I always enjoyed seeing him and Cynthia come into the shop. He had a way of putting a smile on your face and always had a funny story to tell. He will truly be missed by everyone in the Krispy Kreme equipment department.

Rick Chandler

September 9, 2020

As a banker, it has always been a pleasure to serve John & Cynthia at the drive thru. I will miss John. Cynthia, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Hugs to all of you and may God grant you peace.

Jimmy Taylor

September 9, 2020

In the short time I knew John, I can honestly say he was a breathe of life. The summer we spent together coaching was the beat summer of my adult life. We took some ragtag, nobody else wanted kids and turned them into a true travel baseball power. To Cynthia, Brittany, Patrick and the rest of the family, our heart goes out to you all. We love you all
Jimmy, Tyler, Dylan and Ryan(booger)

Jessica Profitt

September 9, 2020

My cousin was a great man! I remember when we were all young and would meet up and Grandmaw Kendricks house for oyster fry and us kids would wrestle in back blue room! When I got older and moved to NC we reunited and got to see each others kids. He always said I was the only one who could make Grandmaw’s biscuits! He will be dearly missed but forever in my heart! Now he is with his dad, Grandmaw & Grandpa Kendrick, and all his uncles and aunts besides my mom! Fly high cousin! Love you!

Raymond Duffey

September 9, 2020

John was our go to guy for a decade or more here at the club. One of the finest guys I've had the pleasure of knowing. He always greeted you with a smile and a joke. His work ethic and devotion to family set the standard for others to follow. He will be missed by all of us.

Robin Harper

September 8, 2020

to the family of John , we are so sorry for your loss. John was a good man and was a wonderful coach. He was loved throughout the community and will be missed.
Love you Guys,
Robin, Dwayne & Pearce Harper
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