Kendall was constantly on the move. He gave meaning to the phrase: Make hay while the sun shines. You would hear the pickup or the tractor at six o'clock every morning. He would work until at least six o'clock each evening, many times later. He never weighed more than 150 pounds. He couldn't sit still for longer than fifteen minutes. He even ate standing up at the counter in the store.
The store remained open until Kendall's death December 31, 1979. Even though he was gone, the plan for the first and only Stewart Family Reunion at the store in 1980 continued in his honor. It was a bitter-sweet success; cousins, some of whom had never met before, came together in the only known community where Fortune and Rebecca Payne Stewart lived and raised their sixteen children and Homer and Mary Elizabeth Smith Stewart lived and raised their seven children.
After the settling of Kendall's estate, the store became the home of his oldest brother Wilson Stewart and his wife Edna until the 1989 Christmas tragedy, a fire which took the life of Edna. The structure was totally destroyed and eventually the ruins were removed.