Kenneth Harden, Sr., 61, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Saint Vincent Health Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Erie, August 17, 1950; son of Dorothy Pennamon Harden-Byrd and the late Lovell "Big Pitch" Harden. A lifelong resident of Erie, he was a graduate of Academy High School '69 and attended Gannon University majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections/Erie Community Corrections Center and was previously employed at International Paper (Hammermill), GECAC, GE, and Marine Bank. Kenny was the kind of person that never met a stranger. He was known for his meticulous style of dress, distinctive interests, and conversation. He lived each day to the fullest. He had a weak heart yet a giving heart, and he would not take "NO" for an answer. He was known for his athletic ability as a great basketball, ping pong, and baseball player thanks to the guidance of his father, a player in the Negro Baseball League. Kenny was instrumental in the naming of Sam Jethroe Baseball Field after his God Father. He was also a founder of Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Kenny was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sandy and Elizabeth Key Harden; his maternal grandparents, Carl and Minnie Ola Walls Pennamon; his stepfather, Edward Byrd; four aunts, Margaret Pennamon Hammilton Brown, Carolyn Pennamon Faison, Ernestine, and Lena Mae Forbes. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Veronica Gambill Harden; three sons, Scott Harris, Corey Harris, and Kenneth Harden II (Akwete); three daughters, Tonya Harden Pullium (Shannon), TonyJones (Tyrone), and Adrienne Harden; and a stepson, Joseph Jones, all of Erie; four brothers, Charles Jones of Covina, Calif., Jeffery Sandy Harden (Kidist) of Greenbelt, Md., Larry Harden and Ron Harden, both of Erie; a sister, Linda Harden of Erie; a stepbrother, Craig Byrd of Erie; an aunt, Jean Pennamon Covington; twenty-six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three God children, Talena Harris, Telly Harris, and Shuri Harden; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 901 E. 5th St. A service will be held at the church, Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Anthony G. Harris officiating and Rev. Charles E. Mock eulogizing. Funeralization by Law Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Avenue.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on May 31, 2012
Law Funeral Home
2926 Pine Ave Erie, PA 16504