Gerald Douglas Kuykendall


Gerald Douglas Kuykendall, 72, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Hixson.

Gerald was a man of faith and family. He was active in church, a member of Mount Olive Church of God, Cleveland. He was a great husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and enjoyed spending time with his beloved family. He couldn’t wait for family time together.

Gerald and his wife, Dalphna, owned and operated Royal Charter and Tours, Inc. for 27 years. Aside from God and family, this was his calling, “Touring God’s Creation.” They built this motor coach business from scratch and he maintained those coaches in “tip top” condition. If you are familiar with the logo Royal Charter and Tours, he attributed his success to his “Heavenly Father;” therefore, it is easy to see why he displayed on each and every coach “Blessed and Highly Favored.”
Gerald served on the Tennessee Motor Coach Association board of directors. He dearly loved his “travel family” and they him, as they made memories together.

He was preceded in death by parents, Edsel Henry Kuykendall and Wilda Mae Stafford Kuykendall.

He is survived by his wife, Dalphna Ballinger Kuykendall; sons: Alex (Tina) Kuykendall of Riceville, and Jeremy Kuykendall of Chattanooga; daughters: Dawn (George) Sheridan of Bradenton, Fla., and Misti (David) Michaels of Cleveland; a brother, Jerome (Jona) Kuykendall of Cleveland; sister, Mary Nell Sexton of Rome, Ga.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Clarence Gammill and the Rev. James Sears officiating.

Interment will be Monday at 11 a.m at Lakewood Memory Gardens East, Chattanooga. A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.

The following “coach family” will serve as pallbearers: Tim Stewart, Dave Hall, Keith Hart, Wadie Davis, Billy Trentham, David Issacs, and Chuck Hartline.

The Celebration of Life service will be livestreamed via the funeral home's Facebook page.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Kuykendall family guestbook at


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