Bobby Kinard funeral, burial set for today

Bobby Kinard

The funeral for former North Charleston Mayor Bobby Kinard will be at 2 p.m. today in the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal will be among the speakers. Also expected to speak are Mayor Keith Summey, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, and Rick Holen, who served alongside Kinard in Vietnam.

Toal knew Kinard through their professional paths, including as attorneys and from their service in the S.C. House of Representatives.

After the service at the arts center, burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Both events are open to friends, family and the public.

Kinard, 64, died last week after taking his own life. Mount Pleasant police said he shot and wounded a man who was in his wife's apartment, then fled the scene. When police caught up to him, he shot himself.

Kinard was mayor of North Charleston from 1991 to 1994 and had a long record of public service. In addition to his political and legal work, he served in the Air Force as a helicopter machine-gunner, serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969.

Later he would become chairman of the effort to create a Lowcountry monument to Vietnam veterans.