There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.
Wendell turned heads during his meeting with the council’s admission committee when he revealed doing lots of research on the Knights before pursuing membership, which was informally extended to him by Tony Gonzalez during an ACTS retreat. Wendell’s Catholic faith has long been important to him, going back to attending St. Augustine High in his native New Orleans and spending four months in a seminary in Mississippi. Wendell and Connie, his wife of 34 years, left New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and chose to relocate in DeSoto because she has family in the area. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Wendell went straight from high school to the Marine Corps in 1966 and did two tours in Vietnam. He then spent 1985-2006 in the Coast Guard and has since been retired. Wendell has already become well acquainted with the french fry maker and new snow-cone machine at our Valley Ridge youth baseball concession stand.