Rev. Wendall Hall Estill, 83, of rural Bates City, passed away on Sunday, March 31, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Elm Spring Baptist Church, 570 NW 1601st Rd, Kingsville, MO 64061 Elm Community in rural Kingsville, MO. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Elm Spring Baptist Church, Elm Community in rural Kingsville, MO. Burial will be in the Elm Spring Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Elm Spring Baptist Church building fund or the Elm Spring Cemetery. Condolences for his family may be left at, arrangements have been entrusted to the Ralph O Jones Funeral Home, 306 S. 2nd Street, Odessa, MO 64076, 816-633-5524.
Wendall was born on February 25, 1936, in Fayette, MO, to Haymaker and Jennie Hall Estill. He graduated in 1954 from Huntsville High School, Huntsville, MO. On October 13, 1956, Wendall was married to his late wife, Edith Mae Honey in Phoenix, AZ. To this union was born three daughters, Burnace Dian Smith (Mrs. Ed), Springfield, MO, Ms. Karla Darlene Swift, Buckner, MO, and Ms. Karen Jane Franklin, Oak Grove, MO. Edith preceded Wendall in death in 1975. On January 24, 1976, Wendall united in marriage with Carol Elaine Grubb at Elm Spring Baptist Church, rural Kingsville. To this union was adopted one son, Mitchell Ray Estill. Wendall was an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, retired. He graduated from Moberly Junior College, 1956, and Grand Canyon Baptist University, Phoenix, AZ, in 1958. Wendall graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, with a Master of Divinity Degree. Wendall’s pastorates included Woodville Baptist Church, Excello, MO; Calvary Baptist, Macon, MO; Hale Baptist Church, Hale, MO; Waverly Baptist, Waverly, MO; Bagnell Baptist, Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Sturgeon Baptist, Sturgeon, MO and Satanta Baptist, Satanta, KS, retiring in 1997.
In addition to being survived by his children, he is survived by nine grandchildren, Jennifer Schaal, Nathan Smith, Justin Swift, Kyle Swift, Joseph Franklin, Kayla Jones, Danielle Mae Franklin, Noah Estill, Dove Estill, and step-grandchildren. Wendall is also survived by six great-grandchildren and two nephews, Jonathan and Andrew Nambu.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Wendall was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Dean Nambu. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Wendall’s main purpose in life was to lead people to the Lord.