Donald S. Kennedy Sr., 69, of Route 2, French Creek, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at his home, under the care of his family and People's Hospice.
He was born Dec. 26, 1943, in Kanawha County, a son of the late Randall A. and Lottie Mae Comer Kennedy.
He was united in marriage, on June 14, 1962, to Judy Elmore Kennedy, who survives.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his stepmother, Flossie Kennedy; six children, Donna and husband, Dave Bachman of Summersville, Anita and husband Jeff Collins of Cleveland, Pam and husband Rob Collins of Silver Springs, Md., Kay and husband, Dave Pyle, of Greenfield, Ind., Steven Kennedy of Martinsburg and Betty and husband, Owen Jones, of Pickens; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Karen Kennedy of Clendenin, Joyce Harrah of Charleston and Brenda West of Walton; and four brothers, James Kennedy of Madison, Joe Kennedy of Huntsville, Ala., Timothy Kennedy of Georgia and Billy Kennedy of Big Chimney.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Mr. Kennedy was a former member of Georgia Avenue Baptist Church in Silver Springs, Md., where he served as a deacon. He was a member of New Life Southern Baptist Church in Weston, where he also served as a deacon. He loved to fish and to hunt, to help others, and most of all, he loved his grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be conducted Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at New Life Southern Baptist Church with Pastor David Riddle officiating. Interment will follow in Hodam Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the New Life Southern Baptist Church, 206 Glady Fork Road, Weston, WV 26452. Online condolences may be extended to the Kennedy family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. The Kennedy family has entrusted Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.