Norman Stanley Kendall

August 29, 1939November 10, 2012
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Norman S. Kendall went home to be with the Lord on November 10, 2012. Mr. Kendall was born in Jersey City, NJ on August 29, 1939 to Norman A. Kendall and Helen Kendall Zarski, now deceased. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Rebecca of New Bern and his children: Stacy Kendall of New Bern, Meredith Kendall of East Windsor, NJ, Jon Milton and his wife, Diane of Little Elm, TX and M. Nickolas Milton and his wife, Amy of Carrollton, TX; his sister Pamela Smith of Selbyville, DE and three grandchildren: Audrey and Joshua Milton of Carrollton, TX and Brianna Kendall of East Windsor, NJ.

Norman attended schools in Jersey City NJ and graduated from high school in 1957. He was active in Boy Scouts and Explorers. He went on to attend Newark College of Engineering and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Rutgers University in 1973. Norman was a member of the US Army Reserve from 1962 until 1968. He continued his career in Engineering and Engineering Management, retiring in 1999 from JC Penney, Plano, TX. Upon retiring, Norman and Rebecca relocated to New Bern where Norm enjoyed sailing and golfing. He was a member of Blackbeard Sail Club.

Norman was an active member in each Lutheran Church of which he was a member. He was a Charter Member of Reformation Lutheran Church, NALC, in New Bern, where he served as the Vice President of the congregation. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chris Taylor and the staff at New Bern Cancer Care for the excellent care Mr. Kendall received and to the staff of Craven County Home Care and Hospice for the loving attention paid him during his short illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reformation Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be made to the Kendall family at

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 15, 2012

Norman Stanley Kendall

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Linda Timmons

November 24, 2012

Rebecca, I just learned of Norm's passing. Our deepest condolences to you - may the memories bring you comfort! Linda and Randy

November 15, 2012

We are very saddened to hear of Norm's passing. He was a wonderful person--extremely kind and generous. Norm was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Norman lived his life well and shared his joy with his family and friends. We wish we could be there with you to honor Norm. We share your grief. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Cousins Kathy and Jack Makely,
Aunt Stasia Schmidt and Family

November 15, 2012

Rebecca, thank you for making my Dad so happy for so many years.


November 14, 2012

We send our deepest sympathy to cousin Pam and the family. Our cousin Norman was a beautiful person with a great heart. May he rest in peace, God Bless,

Cousin Joan & Ed

Pat Drake

November 14, 2012

Rebecca - I am so sorry to learn of the death of your husband & soulmate. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time. Sending you hugs from afar.

Jim O'Brien

November 13, 2012

Norm was my boss for several years at JCPenney, back when they were still in NY. We became good friends, particularly because of sailing. We had many good races on that little red Ranger 23, and many days of joy on the good ship Alcazar. I'll miss you, my friend. And I'd like to offer the Irish Blessing:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen

John Milton

November 13, 2012

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Ray Smith

November 13, 2012

Norm was one of the last true gentleman. His values were high and his love for family was evident. I have many great memories of sailing with him on Chesapeake Bay. He was an excellent sailor. He will be missed.

Beverly & Jim Hickerson

November 13, 2012

Norm was a friend with a smile, a twinkle in his eye and always a joy to be around. A person always interested in what you had to say, always quick to laugh, always there to comfort. Norm will be missed by this family more than we can ever say. There is no doubt in our minds that the Lord has prepared a special place for him.
We will miss you "Uncle" Norm

November 13, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that Norm is now resting in peace with the Lord.
Linda Carricarte