OBITUARY

Charles K Fender

July 21, 1944March 14, 2019
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Charles Kenny Fender, 74, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2018, at his residence. Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 1 until 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church with Kilgore-Green Funeral Home directing. Burial at the National Cemetery of Montevallo. Alan Beasley will officiate. Kenny Fender retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. 44 years serving two tours in Vietnam, with an additional overseas tour in Germany. Member of First united Methodist Church of Jasper, AL. Awarded the Bronze Star, Master Aviation Commendations, and other numerous military awards and recognition. Actively involved in: Freemasonry, Shriners, Habitat for Humanity, Prison Outreach Ministries, Beacon House, Gideons, Salvation Army and other local ministries Recipient of a Bronze, Silver and Gold Star in Alabama Senior Volunteerism. Senior JROTC Instructor at Walker High School for 20 years. He was an Honored Father, Beloved Husband, Master Aviator and Decorated Soldier, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. He will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Fender and Jessie Sue Huckaby Fender; grandparents, Kyle and Winnie Huckaby; in-laws: Kermit and Myrtis Hanson. Survived by his wife, Diane Fender; Children, Shannon Fender and Keith Fender; grandchildren, Kamp Fender, Kyler Fender (Molly) and Julianna Fender; great grandchildren, Keegan Fender; siblings, James Fender (Ruth) In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Jasper and/or Alzheimer's Association.

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Heather Scott

March 17, 2019

LTC Fender was my JROTC instructer for 4 years. I graduated from Walker in 2006. No matter what he was there for me, even when i tried to push everyone away. He taught me more than he will ever know. I can say without a shadow of doubt if not for LTC Fender and CSM Hessler I would not be the person i am today. Even after i graduated and moved states a way, i would come home every few months and run into him and it was like i never stopped being one of his cadets that he needed to look after. I know all of us cadets are better for having him in our lives.

Janice Smith

March 17, 2019

Big Dog we will miss you. Thanks for being a great neighbor and a good friend. You were always there to help us. Loved helping you on habitat homes. You taught Dana and me to hang Sheetrock. Heaven gained a special angel. We love you and will miss you.
Janice Smith

David Childress

March 17, 2019

Col. Fender, such an awesome man. He was my ROTC instructor. His training made my military career a whole lot easier. He taught us how to take pride in our uniform, leadership traits, discipline. Outside of ROTC, he was still that great man, great family man. In public, he called me by name, wouldn’t hesitate to extend a handshake, would always ask how I was doing. Some of my fondest memories was running into Col. and his family at Auburn football games. War Eagle!!! One of the highlights being in ROTC, when he would pilot the helicopter on our annual helicopter rides. He made it so much fun with the turns, the dives, also made us feel safe because we knew who the pilot was. We were his extended family, I looked up to him as a father. You will be missed Col. The things you taught me, not just in class, but in life, will carry on. Love you Col. Fender.

Nancy Stewart (Hall)

March 16, 2019

As an JROTC student from 1985 until 1988, Lt. Col. Fender was my senior instructor the whole time I was a part of the program. I was there when he arrived. I remember this larger than life man who treated every student exactly the same. He taught us how to march. He taught us how to take pride in the uniforms we wore. He taught us how to succeed and also, how to handle the agony of defeat in drill and rifle competitions. I remember my senior year in high school when I asked him to sign my annual. Graciously, he took the book and wrote something that I strive to live by everyday: "Remember you are always better than the circumstances surrounding you. You just have to make and follow the plan." Because of the guidance he gave, it help me get where I am today. Thank you, Lt. Col. Fender. You will be missed. Prayers to the family and may God give you all peace.

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