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“Susan, Michael, and Donna I received an email today from Robbie about the unfortuniate passing of Bobby. I want to let you all know that you are in...Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Tracey Burnette

“I am so saddened by this loss. Bobby was a great man! Thank you Bobby for your help last year! You will be greatly missed! ”
2 of 41 | Posted by: Kathy Kopulos Davis

“To Susan and Family, Bobby was a true and loyal friend. He was a great man and I feel so lucky to have known him. Please know I share...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Linda Gil Erickson

“My deepest sypathies are with and can not quit thinking of you on a daily basis. My heart is with you and your family. My prayers are always with...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Paula Quinn Mason

“My deepest sypathies are with and can not quit thinking of you on a daily basis. My heart is with you and your family. My prayers are always with...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Paula Quinn Mason

“Thinking of and praying for the family and friends! ”
6 of 41 | Posted by: Christy Siegling

“w deepest sympathies to all of the family ”
7 of 41 | Posted by: Sallie Jones Frenkel

“Although it may seem impossible to see beyond your pain, may we look back to good memories to comfort and help you. May your heart and soul find...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: Cheryl Newman-Whaley and family

“Bobby was a kind and thoughtful person who would give you the shirt off his back. We will charish the memories of him as a friend and caring...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: The Garner Family

“Susan and family, So sorry for the loss of your husband, father and friend. May God be with you all and help you through your time of grief. May...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Patricia Tapio

“Dear Susan, Hannah, and family...I am very sorry for your loss. Bobby was a good man. My prayers are with you and your family. May God grant Bobby...Read More »
11 of 41 | Posted by: Nick LaCasse

“You may not know or remember me, but Bobby was one of my best friends when I lived in North Charleston. I was manager/VP of Southern Bank and Trust...Read More »
12 of 41 | Posted by: Rudy B. Matthews

“I remember Bobby well; a good man and very helpful to our family in North Charleston. I delivered newspapers with Bobby : 1960 - 1962. God Bless! ”
13 of 41 | Posted by: Howard M. Surface, Cary, NC

“I love and miss you more then you will know. All the things you have done for me and never asked anything in return. You are my dearest cousin. God...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: Joyce Joiner Morris

“I am so sorry for your loss.I grew up with Bobby in North Charleston.He was a wonderful friend and person.Will miss him. ”
15 of 41 | Posted by: SHERIAN (BOWDOIN)MEDLEY

“Dear Susan and family, My heart is heavy and saddened because of your tragic loss. I will always remember Bobby with a smile on his face and kind...Read More »
16 of 41 | Posted by: LaRue Hudson Cervini

“The Biondo family grow up with bobby and he will truly missed. He would do anything to help you out. if it was'nt for Mr. Kinard I would not have...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Robert Biondo jr

“I will forever be blessed by having known Bobby Kinard. I opened a solo law office in 1998. He was a mentor and friend. I thank each of the...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Chris Biering

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the famiy. Bobby will be missed dearly!!! ”
19 of 41 | Posted by: Terri Poulos

“Bobby - so kind, considerate, honest - You touched my life, rest in peace now. ”
20 of 41 | Posted by: Louise K. Miller Haaker

“My sincere condolence to the entire Kinard family. I can't imagine what all of you are going through at this time. I pray that God will be with all...Read More »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Bobby Cook

“Bobby was a great asset to North Charleston and South Carolina,... he will be missed, the family is in our thoughts and prayers ”
22 of 41 | Posted by: Bert Koon

“I got to know Bobby when I worked for Rod Shealy and Rod was running his campaign for Mayor in 1991. Bobby was a wonderful guy and I will miss him....Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Tommy Windsor

“You all have my heartfelt sympathies. The Kinard family will be in the thoughts and prayers of my family. ”
24 of 41 | Posted by: T.J. Harrington

“Co-worker of Diane Shults who is the sister of Susan. I extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Diane and her family. Nothing I can say will...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Martha Hudgins Durham, N.C.

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your loss of Bobby, husband and father, who undoubtedly be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
26 of 41 | Posted by: Joy C. Stuhr

“We love you Bobby! You are with the angels, your parents, grandparents, brother , uncles and aunts and a host of other family members that love you...Read More »
27 of 41 | Posted by: Carolyn Kinard and Jerry Hodges

“To the family of Robert Kinard, my heart goes out to you. We love Bobby so much. I'm happy that your other mother is not here for this. ...Read More »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Gail Gilliard & the Gilliard Family

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
29 of 41 | Posted by: Shelia Natale Feldman

“Words could never express the heartbreak and sorrow of this tragic loss of Bobby from our lives. He was a unique and treasured friend that will...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Sandra Kite

“Susan,my prayers are with you and your family. ”
31 of 41 | Posted by: Tesa Livingston

“Dear Donna, Steve, and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Although we had only met,your brother, Bobby a few times at school functions, we...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Jim and Claire Cooper

“We went to NCHS with Bobby and Michael and always enjoyed their company. We respected Bobby for his military, community, and law services. He was a...Read More »
33 of 41 | Posted by: Bob & Mary Catherine Cutrell, Kathleen, GA

“Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ”
34 of 41 | Posted by: Ms. Susan W. Gunnels

“I have known Bobby for a lot of years as he was friends with my parents. When he was mayor he used to come up to the Piggly Wiggly at Otranto wearing...Read More »
35 of 41 | Posted by: Steven Knight

“To The Kinard Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May God guide you through this difficult time. ”
36 of 41 | Posted by: Charlynne "Charly" and Larry Smith

“Rest in peace Bobby, those of us who knew you know you did more good in this life then harm thank you for your service to your country and community,...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Steven Pridemore: N,Chas

“"It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how the strong have stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better....Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Lt. Col. Lawrence H. Brinker USAF (Ret)

“We were so sorry to hear about Bobby, he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this sad time. We Love you all. ”
39 of 41 | Posted by: Frank, Debbie, Fred and Aunt Alberta

“Bobby will be missed by all who knew him and practiced with him. ”
40 of 41 | Posted by: Laree A. Hensley

“Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these awful days. I am so sorry..... ”
41 of 41 | Posted by: Tammie Harvey Foster


W. Robert "Bobby" Kinard, husband of Susan Trout Kinard of Isle of Palms, SC passed away on Friday, June 18, 2010.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, Charleston, SC 29418, at two o'clock.  Burial will follow in Carolina Memorial Gardens with military honors.  The family will receive friends at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock. 


Bobby was born May 29, 1946, in Charleston, SC, son of the late Willard Grady Kinard and Mary Lucille Sapp Kinard.  After graduation from North Charleston High School, he attended the Citadel. After his freshman year at the Citadel, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. During his tenure with the Air Force he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal Award.  After his discharge with the rank of Sergeant in 1970, he returned to the Citadel as a Veteran student and graduated in 1972 with a BA in History. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1975. 


In 1976, Bobby was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives where he served until 1980.  Upon his re-election in 1978, Bobby's colleagues elected him Chairman of the Charleston Delegation.  He served under two Governors: James B. Edwards and Richard (Dick) Riley.  He served on the House Judiciary Committee for four years and was a member of the Constitutional Laws and Election Laws subcommittees. In 1981, Bobby became the Chief Municipal Judge for the City of North Charleston. He served in that capacity until 1988. In 1991, Bobby was elected Mayor of North Charleston after a heated, two-year campaign against the twenty-two-year incumbent mayor.  During this time many changes occurred in North Charleston and Mayor Kinard's Administration was generally considered to be the turning point in the development of North Charleston,  Mayor Kinard oversaw the implementation of single member election districts, the construction and opening of the North Charleston Coliseum, and the formation of the development plan for the former Charleston Naval Base closing.  In fact, the plan proposed by Bobby Kinard in 1994 is in use today.  Many people believe that the fight against the closing of the Naval Base led by Charleston Mayor Riley and Mayor Kinard in 1994 is the reason the Lowcountry did so well in the 2005 base restructuring. 


In 1995, Bobby and his wife and law partner, Susan, moved to the Isle of Palms and returned to the full-time practice of law.  At his death, they continued to practice together in Mt. Pleasant in a comfortable office at the Oak Grove Center. Few lawyers practicing today have the experience that Bobby Kinard had.  He was a trial lawyer for thirty years, was elected to and served in all three branches of our government: the legislative, the judicial, and the executive.  In 2001, Bobby returned to the bench, temporarily, when he was asked by the City of Hanahan to serve as Chief Municipal Judge for the City of Hanahan, where he had been prosecuting attorney for eleven years in the 1980's.  He served in this capacity until 2003, when he decided he wanted nothing to compete with his desire to practice law full-time. Having participated in the criminal justice system from all three sides; judge, prosecutor and defense attorney, Bobby was uniquely qualified and experienced to represent his clients and did so with the same fervor he served his State and Country.   Bobby was one of the few Charleston attorneys' who has tried a murder case as a private attorney. Bobby was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1976 until 1980; Judge for City of North Charleston from 1981 until 1988; Mayor of North Charleston from 1991 until 1994.  He was appointed by President Reagan as Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program in South Carolina from 1981 until 1986.   One of his proudest accomplishments was the creation and dedication of the Three Faces of War Monument now permanently situated at Patriots' Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC.


Surviving are his wife, Susan Trout Kinard, of Isle of Palms, one son, Sgt., Robert J. Kinard, US Army; two daughters, E. Erin Kinard of Charleston, SC and Hannah E. Kinard of Isle of Palms, SC; one brother, Michael T. Kinard of North Charleston, one sister, Donna K. Gonzales and her husband, Stephen of North Charleston, SC; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Willard Grady Kinard, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Psychiatric Care Unit, 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC or a Veteran charity of one's choice.