The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 2, 2012

Dr. Kendall Aulton West

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Funeral services for Dr. Kendall West M.D., 80, of Palestine, were at 1 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine, with the Rev. Truett West officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Park.  Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

Pallbearers were Matthew Groce, Russell Thompson, Eli West, Ben West, Dr. Brian Kingston and Asencion Aldrete. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Moore and Dr. Stan Skrepnek.

Kendall West was born to Lovie and Oran West in a small three bedroom farmhouse in rural Union Parish in northern Louisiana on Sept. 24, 1932. As the eldest son, by age 11 he had assumed responsibility for the family farm while his father was away working for the war effort. Three siblings, Hilda, Truett and Glenda, survive him. His brother Malcolm preceded him in death.

Kendall worked his way through a bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University and anticipated graduate study in plant pathology when he was accepted to the veterinary medical program at Texas A&M University. He then applied and was accepted to the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He met Helen McCain at Charity Hospital where she worked as supervisor of nurses. He courted her on the St. Charles streetcar and became her husband. She quickened his strength during their life together.

The couple moved to Palestine in 1962 and reared four children there, Stephen, Robert, Philip and Susan. Kendall served as radiologist at Palestine Memorial Hospital and Trinity Valley Medical Center until his retirement. He covered hospitals in Rusk, Jacksonville and Buffalo and served other local medical centers. He piloted airplanes, was active in business, raised cows, supported the Palestine YMCA, was a delegate to the Texas Medical Association, participated in Rotary, remained a lifelong learner and enjoyed watching his six grandchildren work and play in his barns and fields. He told Ben, Matthew, Eli, Rachel, Ian and Auden “In the future, what people will value most is time and space to call their own.” He built hundreds of bluebird boxes which produced thousands of clutches. Most of the nesting bluebirds of Anderson County owe some debt to his vitality. Thank you.

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