Peggy Ann (Haigwood) Kendall, 72, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, December 31, 2007, after complications following heart surgery. Her family who loved her dearly surrounded her at her passing. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 4, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas, with Dr. Phil Holder officiating. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gladewater Memorial Cemetery in Gladewater, Texas. The family welcomes friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Nashville Funeral Home for visitation and from 10 to 12 noon on Saturday at the Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater, Texas
She was born in Big Sandy, Upshur County, Texas on May 25, 1935 to A.V. and Onella Haigwood. Peggy graduated in the Class of 1953 at Gladewater High School. She attended Kilgore College with a degree in business and studied classical music. She began her musical career by playing for church services at the age of nine for Locust Grove Baptist Church and began teaching piano lessons at the age of sixteen. Through the years she shared her love of music with many students and had 15 piano students at the time of her death. She was pianist for Grange Hall Baptist Church in Marshall for 25 years and most recently for Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas.
Peggy married her college sweetheart, Jimmy M. Kendall on September 26, 1955. Mother of three daughters, Debby, Margaret and Janet, she was a homemaker and legal secretary while living in Marshall, Texas. She loved arts and crafts having a ceramic shop for some years until moving to Nashville, Arkansas in 1986. She was a member, youth teacher and pianist at Ridgeway Baptist Church and led the WMA at Immanuel Baptist for 10 years. She was a volunteer at the Elberta Arts Center in Nashville and a member of the Decorative Arts Society in Texarkana and a Gideon Auxiliary member.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, sisters, Mary McPherson and Betty Jo Puett. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jimmy, daughters, Deborah Lee of Kilgore, Texas, Margaret and son-in-law, Bill Pearson of Temple, Texas, and Janet Purvis of Lufkin, Texas. Three grandchildren, Heather Brown and husband Justin, Kristopher King and wife, Ashley and Joshua Pearson, two great-grandchildren, Keeley and Baron Brown, Aunt, Kelli Haigwood and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the deacons at Ridgeway and her grandsons and son-in-laws.