Bobby Wayne Brendell of Carthage, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 16, 2015. He passed away at First Health Hospice and Palliative Care in Pinehurst after dealing with cancer for 15 years.  His faith in Christ and his positive outlook were an inspiration to many who knew him.  He was a dedicated servant and deacon at First Baptist Church in Carthage.  He regularly visited the sick and shut-ins, and he ministered to many people, both in person and by sending numerous homemade cards.  At his log cabin home, Bobby loved gardening and over the years supplied many friends and family with vegetables from spring to fall.  His outgoing personality and generous nature have made an impact on many people in the Moore County area.

Bobby was born January 1, 1938 in Boone, NC to the late John Raymond Brendell and Mabel Tilley Brendell.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers John R. "J.R." Brendell, Jr. and Harry Ray Brendell, and his sister Sallie Brendell Champion.  Bobby is survived by his brother James B. Brendell (Carol) of Sherrills Ford, NC, and twin sister Betty Brendell Kupiszewski (Bob) of Leavenworth, KS, and daughter Sandy Brendell Peckham (Bob) of Wake Forest, NC.  Also surviving him is his former wife and good friend, Glenna Brinkley Brendell.

Bobby graduated from Appalachian Teachers' College with a MA degree in Education.  Starting in 1963, he had a career of about 30 years with Moore County Public Schools as a science teacher, coach and associate principal, influencing many young lives.  He was the head coach for the Aberdeen High School Football team, which was the state champion in the 1964 Division 1A finals.

Visitation for friends will be held on Monday, May 18 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Carthage with Reverend Ray Campbell presiding.  Burial will follow in Cross Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church P.O. Box 824, Carthage, NC 28327 or to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, or


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  1. Glenna and Sandy, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during these days. Bobby was a good friend. Sometimes we would be in the same lunch group of Moore County retirees, and he always loved sharing with us his special times with you. He wa

  2. We are praying for comfort for the family during this time. Bobby’s kind heart will be missed in our church and in the community. Our family was blessed by knowing and serving our Lord with him. Neil and Jenifer Wolfe

  3. I have many nice memories as a student when the Brendells were at AHS and when I returned as an adult–Bobby Brendell spoke on my behalf during a job interview. Such a kind man.

    A life well lived is never forgotten.

  4. To the family of Mr. Brendell,

    I was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Brendell. I will always remember him as one of the best principals I have ever known. He was an assistant principal at Pinecrest under Mr. McMillan. I remember how nice he was

  5. Life… fragile, Loss….so sudden, Heart….so broken,…in the wake of such a loss, we are haunted by things we don’t , and may never understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of love’s everla

  6. Enjoyed many breakfast at McDonald’s with Mr. Brendell and the rest of the Breakfast Bunch, he was a true inspiration to all. Always had such encouraging words to share and the best outlook on life, he will be deeply missed.

  7. Jane and I were saddened to read of Bobby’s passing. We have known him for more than 40 years and count him as a very dear friend. I served as his pastor in two churches–Aberdeen First Baptist and Carthage First Baptist. Our thoughts and prayers will be

  8. Bobby was a conscientious and professional employee of the school system in Moore County. He was equally as conscientious and professional in his service to the Lord and his fellow man in retirement. He left a great testimony. My sympathy to the family.

  9. Sandy, my deepest sympathies. Your Dad was such a good man. Lots of great memories of him at Pinecrest! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. I’m sadden to hear of the loss of Mr. Brendell. I graduated from Pinecrest in ’77. He was such a positive role model to so many students. I ran into him years after I graduated and inspired me once again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. To the Brendell family…We just lost a wonderful man. He was a great principal at PInecrest High School. RIP Mr Brendell gone but never forgotten!!!!!!!!

  12. Bob was my friend since the first grade, over 70 years ago. And when Bob Brendell was your friend you KNEW it because he was without guile. He was only one day older than me, but even then I admired him. His life was lived with enthusiasm whether

  13. Sandy, thanks for the call about Bobby’s passing. Was out of town and sorry to miss you. Your father was such a nice man, and I enjoyed keeping in touch. Prayers for your peace and comfort during this time of loss.

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