HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Officials have identified the four people killed in a weekend plane crash in Harrison County.
The Department of Public Safety identifies the pilot as William Robert Kendrick, 51, of Huffman. The three passengers are identified as Kendrick’s wife, Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, 51, of Huffman, daughter Kaycee Ann Kendrick, of Farmers Branch and her boyfriend, Coty Ray Shrum, of Farmers Branch.
“I tell you, he lived life large,” said Bill’s friend, Marc Miller. “He was a very kind soul and a very sweet person."
Miller says he went to high school with Kendrick in Spring, Texas. The two lost touch but recently reconnected and even went on a hunting trip together.
“Six days ago, I was literally on the same airplane with him,” Miller said. “We flew out to Rock Springs on that airplane.”
The FAA said the Cessna 337C had left from Dallas Love Field on Saturday and was headed for New Orleans.
“From what I understand, right as they came in over the Longview-Marshall area, the weather had been really bad,” Miller said.
On Monday, DPS said it is possible that Kendrick did encounter severe weather when the aircraft lost altitude and crashed into a wooded area near Hallsville.
Miller says along with being a great family man, Bill was a great businessman. He was the President of Sentry Depressurization Systems in Humble, Texas.
“He loved teamwork,” Miller said. “He’s had this company in Humble for eight years. He’s got a great team of engineers. I talked to them this morning and they’re all devastated.”
Miller says he finds peace in a personal conversation that he and Bill had in the weeks before his death.
“He looked up at me and said, “I’ve received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. And I wouldn’t be where I’m at today with my business and my employees if I didn’t have God on my side and know that he’s a good God and loves me. So I have peace knowing that I’ll see Bill again.'”
The NTSB told KLTV on Sunday that they were sending an investigator to the scene and will release a preliminary report within a couple of weeks.