Billy Wayne Kinard

October 2, 1949 - June 28, 2020

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Billy Wayne Kinard, loving husband, father, and grandfather died at the age of 70. He passed away peacefully in his garden outside his home in Brenham, Texas. He was born on August 21, 1949 to Ina Fay Derrington Kinard and William Curtis Kinard, in Liberty, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University transferring his senior year to The University of Texas Pharmacy School, graduating in 1974. He owned Kinard’s Pharmacy Store and later managed Eckerd’s and Market Basket Pharmacies in Beaumont. ­­­­Billy and Gay are members of Westgate Memorial Baptist Church in Beaumont

Billy made it a life-long mission to value relationships and be good to people, and everyone loved being around him. Growing up he was the high-school quarterback, pitcher of his baseball team, and played guitar and sang in a band. His love of sports and music brought him joy and happiness throughout his life. His true devotion was his family, whom he loved and supported every day of his life. His granddaughters were his greatest joy. Anyone who knew Billy will remember him for this, and for being such a fun person.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-five years, Gay Haley Kinard, of Brenham; son, Dr. Robb Gobert and his wife, Lori An, of Columbus; daughters, Katie Gobert, of Beaumont and Kelly Kinard Farrow and her husband, Paul, of Katy; son, Jeff Kinard and his wife, Jessica, of Cary, North Carolina; grandchildren, Julie Ana Gobert, Paige Farrow, Audrey Kinard, and Claire Kinard; one niece; numerous nephews; and a host of friends and customers who loved him and appreciated the personal care that he gave.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathie Ward, of Fort Bend County; and brother, Bobby Kinard, of Beaumont.

A gathering of Mr. Kinard’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private family interment will be held at a later date at the family farm in Brenham. The family invites you to join them for a celebration of life to be announced in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or Texas Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, Suite 5214, P.O. Box 300630, Houston, TX 77230-0630.

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David and Pam Dunivant

Billy was a great man. We were blessed to know him and his loving heart. Fly high dear friend.

David and Pam Dunivant

Billy was a great man. We were blessed to know him and his loving heart. Fly high dear friend.

Bud Royer

Billy was a true friend with a big sincere smile with a heart that was bigger!!! Grateful for his friendship!

Roger Ross

The Ross Family would like to offer our deepest condolences to Billy's family. He was a good man and we know that he will be missed dearly.

Pamela Farnie

Gay we are so sorry to hear of Billys death. The Arceneaux family will keep you in our prayers.

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

What a great guy! Billy was always laughing and smiling and lived his life. well. We will all have great memories. God rest his good soul and send comfort to his family. Ronnie and Judi Benoit

Ernie Pickett, Sr.

A good guy as well as an all around athlete. Our lives diverged for over fifty years, but still friends to the end. God bless!!!

Haskell Gossett

Billy was a fellow Pharmacist and friend. I remember him in my SS class in the early 1960's. Billy, I am going to miss you and all those pleasant comments on Facebook. May God's richest blessings on your family.

Jackie Holton

Gay, Bill & I cherish your friendship and send our deepest love and sympathy. We were privileged to know Billy in many small ways.

Wendy Brooks

I am So Sorry for Your Loss. I worked with Billy at Eckerd's. He was a Loving and Caring Man. I will Miss Him and His Smile


Gay, I am so sorry to see Billy has passed away, you are in my thoughts and prayers friend.

Jim and Sherry Vinson

Billy was bigger than life and so much fun! We had great times in the late 70s and early 80s. He was our friend, , my pharmacist, and an all-round good guy! He will be missed! Jim and Sherry Vinson

Michael Moreno

Mr. Kinard was such a great guy and wonderful father. Jeff and I were best friends growing up, and Billy made childhood so much fun for us—such good memories. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing and I pray for the family during this difficult time. I will certainly miss him.

Jenni Marino

Gay, such sadness. I know you will miss him.

Mary Beth Adrian Cloninger

Oh Gay. we are so shocked and sorry to learn of Billy's death. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.. We are sorry we cannot be with you now. May happy memories and the love of friends comfortt you and the family. Mary Beth and Gerald Cloninger

Maggie and Mateen Babar

Dear Gay and family: Mat and I are saddened by the news of Billy’s passing. May God in His Infinite Love and Mercy grant you peace in your heart and strength in your steps.

Maggie and Mateen Babar

Dear Gay and family: Mat and I are saddened by the news of Billy’s passing. May God in His Infinite Love and Mercy grant you peace in your heart and strength in your steps.

Andres Prichard

Billy’s memory will remain. What a cheerful man! A pleasure and joy to be around him. May The Lord comfort his dear family.

Patti Odell Dickinson

Gay, I am so sad to hear of Billy’s passing. He was a lifelong sweet dear friend. I so cherished our friendship and will miss him. I will keep you and the family in my prayers.

Derrick Wallace

So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I worked with Billy for a short time and he was always the life of the party. I have many great memories of those times.

Buzz Long

Billy, you were such a friend to me in the early 80's, in my single years. We enjoyed wonderful nights together in Beaumont and those are evenings I will never forget. You truly became my brother when I needed one. You will be missed. Gay. I am so happy you and Billy had all those wonderful years together. Hugs and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family. Buzz

Mary & Jay Matthews

WELL, you picked a fine to leave us, Billy Kinard!! My goodness. OK, I think Billy and Gay will both appreciate the humor. Jay and I both loved Billy SO much. His winning smile and love of everyone he encountered was so refreshing. And his sense of humor you could count on. We're still in shock about his passing, but we know that Billy will be missed by SO many. God bless him and rest his soul.

Elizabeth Cloninger

Miss Gay, I was sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time, wishing you comfort in fond memories.

Otis and Billie Mitchell

Gay, we were so sorry to read about Billy’s passing. We pray that God will grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. In Christian Love, Otis and Billie

Jimmy and Susan Lopez

Billy and I played against each other in high school football and became friend when he moved to Beaumont. . After high school we played a lot of softball together. There were fun road trips,, too! Recently, we have shared grandpa stories and we have Had the opportunity to see what a wonderful grandfather you became. Billy will be so missed by Susan and I. We hope to see you again❤️ Gay, we are here for you and know your faith will guide you through this very hard time. We love you.!

Lyn & Diane Legato

Gay, we are so sorry for your loss.

Debra Otter Parker

The was thinking about one of my favorite Billy Wayne stories today. He would come to see me and go to the stove to see what my Momma had cooked. His favorite was red stew. I googled Billy and saw that we had lost him. I had no idea. He was a funny funny man. Many Aggie memories of him coming to UT to visit.