Sebron Louis Kendrick was born on September 16, 1956, in East Chicago, Indiana, to parents Harry L. Kendrick and Julia Huffman Kendrick. His early upbringing was in East Chicago, Indiana and Bloomington, Illinois. Sebron attended Illinois Central College (ICC) where he studied Fine Art. He later went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 and Master of Science degree in Fine Art in 1990 from his beloved Illinois State University (ISU). In his professional career, Sebron was an Airman in the United States Airforce, where he was honorably discharged. He was an elementary school teacher, a college professor at Illinois State University where he taught Introduction to Lithography and Introduction to Art, at Illinois Central College where he taught Introduction to Art, Color and Design, Painting I & II, and Art History. He was also a Consultant for Bloomington/Normal Cultural Festival and he was a fine artist in acrylics and mixed media.
Sebron was a gentle soul, full of life, compassion, and understanding. He was known to be a scholar and a gentleman. His life was an inspiration to others. Sebron touched countless lives through his life’s journey and artwork. He was a walking testimony of the miracles of God in his life. Sebron was an artist extraordinaire with art work displayed throughout the United States in Bloomington, Illinois at Illinois State University, Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois, MGM Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington Branch Library, Passageway Gallery, Bemis Gallery, Creighton University, Big Mama’s Kitchen and the University of Nebraska Medical Center all in Omaha, Nebraska. Sebron also created two textbook covers for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His body of work will live on in his displayed work throughout the United States. He was a scholarly man with much wisdom and knowledge. He also loved music and was an avid listener of various genres. He loved his family immensely and treated his nieces and nephews like his own children, which is why we affectionately called him uncle daddy.
He was preceded in death by his sister Lynette Hale, brother, Clarence Hale and both parents. He leaves to cherish his memory, brothers, William Douglas Hale, Jr. of Baton Rouge, LA, Rev. Larry Kendrick [Jesse Clay Kendrick] of San Antonio, TX, and his beloved sister Darlene Kendrick Thorpe [Rev. Dr. Robert Thorpe, Jr.] of Omaha, NE and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
We regret the passing of our beloved brother and uncle, however, we find peace in knowing that to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
In his own words, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, this po’ sucker done bit the dust.”
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