Kenneth Knoll Babcock

Wed, 06/25/2008 - 12:14pm
By: The Citizen

Kenneth Knoll Babcock, 89,Fayetteville, died June 19, 2008. He was born Nov. 1, 1918 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Sonora, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, O. G. and Edith Babcock, a sister, Gertrude Babcock Tipton, and his wife of 56 years, Faegene Babcock. After graduation he attended the University of Texas at Austin. He was a veteran of World War II, where he flew as a Hump Pilot in the CBI theater, was a crop duster, a civilian flight instructor, a private instructor, and a TV/radio repairman. He sold pianos, and was an accomplished musician in both piano and cello. He performed with his cello in the Austin Symphony. In Fayetteville, he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, a High Noon Toastmaster, Fayette Biking for Life, the American Legion Post 105, where he served as chaplain, and he and his wife volunteered at Christian City where he played the piano and they serenaded the Alzheimer residents. He was a published writer with an autobiography, "A Pilot's Life." Memorial services were at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church chapel with the Rev. Mark Westmoreland and the Rev. Bob Partridge officiating. Survivors include his wife, Blanche R. Babcock, Fayetteville; a daughters, Sherry and Jack Phillips, McCamey, Texas, Nanetta and John Phillips, Sealy, Texas, Resa and Steve Phillips, Senoia, Rhonda and Michael Weatherup, Brooks; grandchildren, Shelley and Cary Shackelford, Christand Kristin Phillips, Jessica and P. J. Kenny, and Jamie Phillips, all of Texas, Lisa Thurman, Calif., Michael and Krista Hill, Cristie and Chris Spradlin, Jesse Lindamood, Jodi Cooper, Ashley, Toni, Brianna, Cody Phillips, Jake Parks, Chelse and Cory Maddox, Zachary Farmer, and Virginia Weatherup, all of Georgia; great-grandchildren, C. J. Maddox, Bailey, Laney, Dayton Hill, Savannah Hall, and Ely Spradlin, all of Georgia; and a great-great-grandson, Reid Robertson, Texas.; and a sister, Edith and Bob Grinnell, Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayettevile, was in charge.

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